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12.04.19

The environmental action in the city of Pazardzhik

The annual spring ecological action “Clean and Green Community of Pazardzhik”, organized by the mayor’s office of the sister-city will be held in the city of Pazardzhik on April 13, 2019. Residents of the city will have the opportunity to exchange paper, plastic and glass products, electronic equipment, old batteries for seedlings of trees and flowers. Similar exchange points will also operate in twenty cities of the Community. In total, within the framework of the action, the city hall of Pazardzhik will provide over 14 thousand seedlings.

The International Lyric Singing Contest

The International Lyrical Singing Competition will be held at the Municipal Theater of Beziers in the period from April 13 to 14, 2019. This contest will be held in Beziers for the 34th time:, the city was famous for its traditions of opera evenings in the XX century, to which first-rate stars were invited. The contest will be attended by 50 opera and operetta singers. The qualifying round will be on the first day of the contest, the final – the second day. Winners will receive valuable prizes.

The tutorial program

A solemn ceremony, dedicated to the completion of the “Unification of Society” program, developed by the Institute for Management Training was held in the Botanical Garden of the sister city of De Moines on April 8th, 2019. Twenty-nine program participants had the opportunity to meet with experienced leaders, to discuss participation in the life of the city since February, 2019. The program also included the personal qualities development and motivation. Graduates reaffirmed their intention to improve the quality of life of the people of Iowa.


The events, dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC

The events, dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC were organized in the sister city of Zhenjiang. In the form of flashmob on the shore of Jinshan Lake, the residents of the sister-city sang together patriotic songs. Tourists from Nanjing, Wuxi and other cities joined the choir.

The landscaping the city of Yerevan

A city-wide tree planting day will be held in the sister city of Yerevan on April 13th, 2019. About 7500 trees and shrubs will be planted in irrigated areas. A new approach is applied in the selection of planting material, preference is given to flowering species. It is also planned to develop vertical gardening in the capital of the Republic of Armenia. 

The completion of the largest investment project in China

It was announced on the 4th Changzhou Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. The organizer is the Municipal People’s Government of the sister city. The competition is held in three categories: large business, science and technology in medium and small enterprises, innovative enterprises. It is now presented more than 430 projects. After summing up the results the Municipal Science and Technology Bureau of the city of  Changzhou city will have the active support of the finalists in the implementation of the best projects.

05.04.19

The participation in the National judo championship

The Bulgarian national judo championship was held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from 30-31 March, 2019. The event was attended by over 500 athletes of the country. The young representatives of the sports school of the sister city of Pazardzhik had a great success. Participants won three gold and four bronze medals.

The work to improve the quality of life of people of the "third age"

In order to improve the quality of life for people of the “third age” the Beziers City Hall developed a number of actions. A personal page for the elderly will be opened on the official website of the City Hall, a sports ground with exercise equipment will be created, innovative traffic lights with sound signals will be installed, a special guide containing useful information will be published. The annual specialized Salon of the elderly with exhibitions, conferences, seminars is planned. In addition, in order to ensure leisure since September of this year Fresh newspapers, magazines and books will be delivered to Bezier retirees in their homes.

The theater season

In the framework of the new theatrical season 2019-2020, the non-profit organization «Des Moines Performing Arts», specializing in the organization of stage productions and musicals in the sister  city of Des Moines, announced more than thirty dramatic, humorous and musical performances. Theater and music lovers will be able to purchase four different preferential subscriptions.

The donor movement

The 17th volunteer campaign of hematopoietic stem cell youth donation took place in Zhenjiang City. About a hundred residents of the sister city donated blood samples for inclusion in the bone marrow bank of China. The action is held under the motto "Devotion, friendship and mutual assistance".

The transport system reform

The delegation of the mayor’s office of the city of Yerevan visited the Czech Republic in order to study the experience in reforming the transport industry. During the visit, the issues of organizing passenger transportation in Prague, the use of single tickets for all modes of transport, as well as social tariffs were discussed. Meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and famous automakers were also held.

The completion of the largest China investment project

The largest investment project in China was completed in the sister city of Changzhou. The plant of the company «Aguona Group», specializing in the production of sugar, starch, juice concentrate, fruit processing, was commissioned. Various jams, as well as ingredients for juices, fruit and vegetable mixes and sauces will be produced at the factory in Changzhou. The customers are global food manufacturers.

29.03.19

The opening of the exhibition in Pazardzhik

The exhibition devoted to the development of trade in the sister city will open on April 2, 2019 in the Regional Historical Museum of the city of Pazardzhik. Pazardzhik was founded as a trade center, “Pazar” in Bulgarian means the market.
Historical documents and photographs of Ottoman merchants, works of artists, as well as commercial equipment: scales, cash registers, etc. will be presented to visitors of the exhibition.

The providing of comfortable living conditions

200 apartments will be fully renovated in the center of Beziers as part of the state program “Act in the heart of the city”. The aim is to provide comfortable living conditions for citizens in the historic center. In this regard, the four town houses of the company “IN’LI” were sold by the city hall for renovation in accordance with modern standards. In the future, it is planned to rent apartments to employees of private enterprises.

The development of the insurance business

The sister cty of Des Moines is one of the largest centers of the US insurance business. In order to further develop of this industry, the launch of the new program “FMH Bridge” has been announced. Profiles of insurance agencies with information on development plans will be created on the basis of the web platform. Program participants will be able to establish direct contacts for further cooperation.

An clay sculpture exhibition

An clay sculpture exhibition of the famous master of pottery, Mr. Ge Zhizhong, took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang. This type of arts and crafts is included in the list of the intangible cultural heritage of Zhenjiang. The exhibition features more than 60 figurines on the subject of cooking national dishes "Zhenjiang noodle". Creation of exhibits carried out over four years.

The environmental action

The sister city of Yerevan will join the international environmental campaign "Earth Hour", organized by the World Wildlife Fund on March 30, this year. As part of the initiative, outdoor lighting on the main streets and buildings of the capital of the Republic of Armenia will be turned off for an hour. The goal of the action is to draw attention to the problems of global climate change, efficient use of resources.

The development of international trade

More than 30 companies of the sister city of Changzhou received certificates of authorized economic operators providing tax incentives, as well as a simplified system for monitoring activities as part of the development of international economic cooperation between China and countries of the European Union. Enterprises engaged in trading activities, importers and exporters, carriers, distributors, brokers, etc. take part in this program.

22.03.19

The schools conference

The Conference of the Envoys of the European Parliament in Bulgaria will be held in the city of Pazardzhik in the period from March 22-23, 2019. The forum is organized with the support of the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community. The conference will be attended by representatives of the European Union, public and educational organizations. As part of the event an exhibition-contest of themed posters, collages, drawings and photographs will be organized in the City hall of the sister city.

The flamenco festival

A flamenco festival, organized by the mayor’s office of the sister city takes place in Beziers in the period from March14-23, 2019. The current event is dedicated to the memory of its creator José Guillan. The program of events includes vocal evenings and concerts of professional dance groups. Performances of experienced dancers will be held in various areas of the city of Beziers, accompanied by vocals, to the accompaniment of guitars and castanets. The theatrical performance based on “Cinderella” tale with the elements of flamenco art will be offered to the attention of residents and guests of the city. The feature and documentaries films about a flamenco art are supposed to be shown in the cinemas of the city.

The charity run

The National Agri-Marketing Association Iowa Chapter announced a charity marathon to be held March 30, 2019 in the sister city of Des Moines. The main purpose of the event is to draw attention to the issues of providing food to low-income citizens. The income received from the payment of the registration fee will be used to organize hot meals of this category of citizens.

The tourist season

The high tourist season begins in the sister city of Zhenjiang with the beginning of spring. The most popular period is the flowering of magnolias. At this time the city turns into a garden. Tourists from all over the world come specially to take pictures with flowering trees.

The opening of the fountains

A work on preparing the opening of the capital's fountains and drinking fountains began in the sister city of Yerevan with the beginning of spring. The technical units, computer control systems are checked, the territories are cleaned. The fountain complex on the Republic Square has already been opened. More than 30 water facilities will be prepared by the beginning of the season. The opening will take place on April 7 - the Day of Motherhood and Beauty.

The work of the Creative Industry Park

The output value of Changzhou Creative Industries Park in the sister city of Changzhou was significantly increased. About 800 enterprises of such promising industries as software development, innovative medical devices, production of intelligent robots, cloud computing and e-commerce are located in the park. To improve the quality of work in the Park, it is planned to introduce the principle of priority service to leading companies.

15.03.19

Development of industry in Pazardzhik

The first stage of construction of the Ariete Logistic production base has been completed in Pazardzhik, the company works in the field of automotive industry and logistics. According to the project, the area of production facilities will be more than 40 thousand square meters. 
Also, construction and installation works are being completed in the new premises of the Kostal plant for the production of automobile spare parts opened in the sister city in August 2017. New productions in the sister city will promote about 1500 new jobs. 

Carnival procession

A theatrical procession dedicated to the annual Carnival will be held on March 16, 2019 in the city of Beziers. The event is organized by the Calandretas Besierencas Association and is traditionally attended by students of city schools. In accordance with the theme of the Carnival – "biodiversity under threat" students will be dressed in costumes of endangered animals, birds, and insects. Residents and guests of the city are also invited to participate in the carnival.  At the end of the festival it will be burning of Caramantran  scarecrow – the king of Carnival.

Awards in the field of agriculture

On March 12 of this year the Iowa Ministry of agriculture presented awards to the best companies and organizations contributing to the development of agriculture in the region. This year the winners are the Des Moines Farmers’ market, which supports the sale of local farmers’ products; Fareway grocery stores, cooperating with state producers; Foundation Analytical Laboratory, testing the products of food enterprises; Iowa Ag literature Foundation, promoting the latest materials and publications on agriculture to the public. 

Public initiative

With the spring beginning, public events on tree planting were held in the city of Zhenjiang. The initiative was attended by representatives of the municipal people's government of the sister city, as well as concerned citizens and volunteers. Trees were planted in memory of the honorable residents of Zhenjiang city. 

City development

As the spring starts, the work on the improvement of the city has been developed in the capital of the Republic of Armenia. It is the spring pruning of the branches and cutting down trees. According to the inventory carried out in autumn 2018, there are about 440 dried and damaged trees in Yerevan. Representatives from the Department of nature protection of Yerevan municipality told that new seedlings would be planted instead old trees. 

New University campus construction 

In the sister city of Changzhou, it was decided to build a new scientific campus of Hohai University. The total investment of the project will be 6 billion yuan. The Campus will unite the institutions of mechanical engineering, intellectual production, engineering, energy, finance, transport engineering, design and art, and etc. At the same time, it is expected to cooperate with world-famous universities and create Sino-French, Sino-German, Sino-Canadian and other joint schools and institutions.

07.03.19

International tournament on judo

Sportsmen of sister city Pazardzhik, who won prizes in the national championship of Bulgaria on judo, will take part in the international judo tournament. It will take place in March of this year in the city of Saint-Siprien (the French Republic). Representatives of other European countries will also take part in this prestigious international competition. 

Events devoted to the Women's day

In honor of the international Women's day "Salon for women" will be organized on March 8-9, 2019 in the sister city of Bezier. Within two days, residents and guests of the city will be able to attend conferences, seminars, exhibitions dedicated to women. The program includes master classes in classical yoga, phototherapy, relaxation, as well as the creation of jewelry with their own hands and the art of makeup.
Des Moines Social club 

Among the residents and guests of the sister city of De Moines diverse unique cultural programs presented by the Des Moines Social club are very popular. The Club is an innovative center of arts and entertainment, bringing together artists, musicians and poets.  This year the non-profit organization celebrates the tenth anniversary of its foundation and plays an important role in the social and cultural life of the community.

Ecological action

In early March, a public action to protect and preserve the ecological state of the Yangtze River was held on the Jinshan Lake of the sister city of Zhenjiang. More than 100 citizens of different ages took part in the action. In the course of initiatives more than 3,000 fish larvae was released in the water for recovery of the water protection zone of the lake and cleaning the water from algae.   

Development of art-management

At the initiative of Yerevan municipality, a five-day training on art management was organized for the staff of theaters and museums, within the framework of which the leading experts from different areas presented their experience. During meetings issues were discussed of mutually beneficial cooperation between art and the media, the need for proper advertising in social networks. Information about successful projects in the field of theatre and museum marketing was presented. It was noted that such initiatives will be long-term.

Development of economic cooperation

The closing ceremony of the 2019 Changzhou-Shanghai Economic and Trade Week was held in Shanghai. The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of the largest enterprises and companies in the field of industry, trade, finance, science and technology, consulting. During the reception, the mayor of the sister city Changzhou noted that regional integration and development of the Yangtze River delta region have become a national strategy. In the future, the region will become an international-class urban cluster with global competitiveness.

01.03.19

Events dedicated to the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke

In the city of Pazardzhik on March 03, 2019 there will be celebrations dedicated to the 141 anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke. The city leaders, residents and guests will take part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag in the Central Square named after Konstantin Velichkov and also lay flowers at the monuments of heroes who participated in the liberation of the country. The celebration program will end with a concert.

Urban spaces development

During 2019, in the sister city of Beziers on the initiative of the city hall there will be renovation of 7 urban areas, located both in the center and in the new quarters. Development of spaces, paving, installation of ramps, play and sports zones will be created, and a new fountain will be placed on one of the squares. Improvement of urban spaces is carried out to create a comfortable environment for residents and guests of Beziers. 

Tour arrangements

The sister city of De Moines is known as "the city of world festivals and events". Especially popular here are performances of Broadway musicals and concerts of famous artists and musical groups. The organization of tours is an expensive process and requires the involvement of many local professionals, which contributes to the additional income to the city budget. 

Strawberries growing

The Baitu town, located in the sister city of Zhenjiang, called "hometown of strawberries in China." The farm on more than 350 hectares formed a complex production, combining cultivation, processing and supply of fruit to the consumer. At present, the strawberry in the greenhouse entered maturity period. Visiting greenhouses is very popular among fans painting lovers of the sister city, who come to make colorful sketches. 

Metro reconstruction in Yerevan

In the sister city of Yerevan it is decided to reconstruct the metro system, taking into account that it is the most convenient, environmentally friendly, fast and safe transport. Currently, the possibility of a new metro station building without attracting public investment is being considered. The new business project also involves a new shopping center and renovation of housing in the area. 

Development of industry 

Thirty-three projects of the sister city of Changzhou are included in the Provincial Key Industrial Investment Project Plan of Jiangsu for 2019. Among them, there are 12 projects each with a total investment of over 3 billion yuan, and 8 projects each with an investment of 1 billion to 3 billion yuan. The Changzhou Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology announced that in 2019 the city will improve the level of industrial chain level and independent innovation capacity. The focus will be on key industries such as intelligent manufacturing, information technology, new energy vehicles and new materials.

22.02.19

Youth meeting with the Deputy Minister of education of the Republic of Bulgaria

 

On February 19, 2019, the Deputy Minister of education of the Republic of Bulgaria met with the youth of the sister city in Pazardzhik. The event was also attended by the Deputy Chairman of the education Committee of the e Republic of Bulgaria state council. The implementation of national and regional projects, as well as the main directions of development of the education system in Europe were discussed during the meeting.

 

One of the most popular school of Béziers

 

In March of this year in one of the most popular schools of the sister city of Bezier "CIME Art" there will be an open Day.  For three years in the educational institution you can get knowledge in the field of graphic concept of electronic games, as well as animation and 3D modeling of cinema. The opportunity to get a demanded specialty attracts students from other cities of France. Acronym-CIME means: C – creativity, I – inspiration, M – motivation, E-insistence. These concepts are the main for learning in school.

 

Outstanding club Award

 

Des Moines Golf and Country Club was awarded the prestigious "Distinguished club" by the popular the BoardRoom magazine. When preparing the rating, a specially developed evaluation system is used, which takes into account not only the quality of services provided, the level of management and training of staff, but also the opinion of club members about the events, club traditions, memorable events, as well as the achievements of the club.

 

End of Spring Festival

 

February 17 this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Lantern Festival was held, marking the end of the Spring Festival. Residents and guests of the city were able to take part in various entertainment events, see the performance of street artists, for children were organized folk games and competitions. Lantern festival is considered one of the most colorful holidays, as houses, shops and streets are decorated with usually red lanterns.

 

Meeting with the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Armenia

 

The Mayor of the sister city of Yerevan received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Brazil to Armenia. During the meeting the sides noted the long history of relations between Armenia and Brazil, expressed mutual interest in expanding connections in the field of science, culture and business, and outlined the prospects for further cooperation.

 

Development of twinning relations

 

The municipal people's government of the sister city of Changzhou has decided to establish friendly twinning relations with Wyndham, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Victoria state (Australia). The city has developed manufacturing industry and logistics. The leadership of Wyndham and Changzhou expressed interest in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation, expansion of contacts in the field of trade, education, culture and tourism.

15.02.19

The fiction translation contest

Currently, the National fiction translation contest organized by the City Hall of the sister city is being held in Pazardzhik. Reception of creative works finishes at the end of February, 2019. Summing up the contest will take place on March 07, this year in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky. Winners will be awarded with diplomas and cash prizes.

The specialized school’s work 

The specialized school “Study differently” created for children and adolescents with autism, Down's syndrome has been operating in the sister city of Bezier since 2004 year. The institution is private. Volunteers controlling order and security provide substantial support to its work. The main method of adaptation of special children to life in society in this school is friendly and benevolent communication. 

The participation in the national program

The sister city of Des Moines was selected as one of eight cities to participate in the program of technical advice developed by “World Education Services” according to the successful results achieved in the implementation of local programs and initiatives in the field of integration of immigrants into society. The program will include training webinars, trainings, conferences with the participation of experts on this issue. Cities will be able to share experience in solving problems, as well as innovative ideas to ensure the professional adaptation of immigrants.

The increase of passenger traffic

The municipal government of the sister city of Zhenjiang marked a significant increase in passenger traffic due to the completion of the traditional weekend, dedicated to the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The most popular is the railway transport. It is reported that about 1.2 million tourists are expected during the 40-day Spring Festival. The average daily passenger traffic will be 28 thousand people.

A visit to sports school

The mayor of the sister city of Yerevan visited the Children's and Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve in gymnastics named after Albert Azaryan, congratulated the legendary athlete, three-time Olympic champion on his 90th birthday. The school has a 55-year history and continues to hold high sporting honor at international competitions. Today, 170 athletes are the students of the school. In the anniversary year, assistance in the reconstruction of the sports school will be provided. 

The development of cooperation in the field of innovative technologies

The official delegation of the sister city of Changzhou, led by the deputy mayor, took part in the Chinese-Swiss business forum "Digitization stimulates innovation", which was held in Switzerland. The achievements of Changzhou in technological innovation were presented during the international event. According to the results of business negotiations an agreement on further cooperation was reached, a number of agreements between the High-tech region of Changzhou and Swiss companies were signed. 

08.02.19

The participation in a creative contest

Among the more than twenty cities of the Republic of Bulgaria, the sister city of Pazardzhik takes part in the creative competition "The Romantic capital of Bulgaria" from January 29 to February 10, 2019. Within the initiative anyone can devote quotes, poems or drawing on special sheets to nearest and dearest people. The city that submitted the longest letter will be awarded by the status of the “Romantic Capital of Bulgaria”.

The public safety work

A decrease in the crime rate in the sister city of Beziers was announced at the end of 2018 year. Success has been achieved thanks to an increase in the number of police officers, round-the-clock work of patrols and the implementation of the “Live Together” program, which involves the public in the fight against troublemakers. However, the mayor’s office of the city of Beziers does not stop there. It was decided in the next two years to significantly increase the number of urban security cameras.

The creation of a Small Business Resources Hub

It was decided to create a Small Business Resources Hub to support and develop small businesses grow in the sister city of Des Moines. The Hub provides a one-stop-shop for small businesses to find resources relating to legal, accounting, finance, marketing, networking, staffing and many other services. The creation of the center was the result of research and surveys that helped determine the most effective ways to support small businesses in the city of Des Moines.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year

The festive events commemorating the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival began in the sister city of Zhenjiang on February 5th of this year. Celebrations will last 15 days. New Year's Eve in China, as in many countries of the world, it is customary to spend in the family circle. Houses are decorated with red paper lanterns, colorful garlands and couplets with wishes of happiness, prosperity and good luck, colorful fireworks are arranged. Great importance is attached to the preparation of traditional national dishes.

A meeting with the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Armenia

A meeting with the trade representative of the Russian Federation in Armenia was held at the Mayor’s Office of the sister city of Yerevan, during which opportunities for the development of trade and economic ties between the capital of Armenia and Russia were discussed. The parties expressed readiness to promote the expansion of cooperation in various areas of the urban economy: ensuring the operation of public transport and recycling. The importance of active interaction with Russian cities was noted.

The First International Chinese Dance Tournament "Square-dance"

The first international Chinese dance tournament “Square Dance” was held in the sister city of Changzhou within the framework of the national program “Culture Illuminates Life”. About 200 Chinese and foreign dance fans from Russia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other countries took part in the competition. The performances of the contestants were evaluated by a professional jury in several nominations: modern, folk, street dance, etc. The winners were awarded prizes and awards.

01.02.19

The opening of a historical exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

The official opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Constituent Assembly and the adoption of the Tarnovo Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria was held in the exhibition hall of the Regional Historical Museum of Pazardzhik on January 28th, 2019. It is the first Constitution of the Bulgarian state, freed from Turkish slavery. The exhibition presents historical documents on the preparation of the Constitution, as well as biographical information on the participants of the Constituent Assembly. The exhibition is organized by the State Duma of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Association « Archives of Bulgaria». It is planned to present it in all regional districts of the country.

The preservation of ecology in the city of Beziers

A regional charter on reducing the use of pesticides in order to protect the environment was signed the municipality last year. Recently the city of Beziers was awarded by the sign “Without pesticides in cities and villages”, which will be placed on the stand at the entrance to the sister city. Preparations intended to combat plant diseases haven’t been applied on the territory of Beziers since 2016, except lawns in stadiums. The City Hall of the sister-city will continue to contribute to the complete rejection of municipal services from the use of herbicides in public places.

A book festival in the city of Des Moines

A book festival organized by "Greater Des Moines Partnership" of the sister-city will be held in the city of Des Moines on March 30, 2019. During the event, presentations of recently published books, meetings with famous authors are scheduled. Participation in the festival is free. Volunteers from the sister city are also invited to cooperation.

The reception of the delegation of the French Republic in Yerevan

As part of the development of international inter-municipal cooperation a reception of the official delegation of the regional council Ile-de-France was organized in the city of Yerevan. The prospects of infrastructure development, improvement and landscaping of the sister city were discussed during the meeting. The issues of the joint projects implementation in the field of culture were considered. It was proposed to pay special attention to the participation of students of music and art schools in the city of Yerevan in jointly implemented programs.

The industrial development of the city of Changzhou

An project investment agreement between the German company «MD Elektronik» and Jintan Economic Development Zone of the city of Changzhou was signed on January 24, 2019. The total investment will be more than 35 million euros. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2020. MD Elektronik, founded in 1989, is mainly engaged in the production of automotive information and communication components. Currently it has more than forty plants on three continents. The main customers of «MD Elektronik» are world-leading automobile producers such as BMW, Porsche. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. 

25.01.19

International musical festival in Pazardzhik

The 44rd traditional festival "Winter Musicales of the Prof. Ivan Spasov" takes place in the city of Pazardzhik in the period from January 24 to 27, 2019. Organizers of the event are the mayor's office of Pazardzhik and representatives of business community of the sister city. Within the festival the famous band directors and performers of classical music of the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign countries will perform concert programs; a thematic exhibition, organized by the International Federation of Photographic Art and the National Academy of Photography will take place. 

Festival of truffle in Bezier

On January 27, 2019 in the city of Bezier Festival of truffle takes place for the third time. Within the holiday the fair of truffles and local gastronomic goods, scientific and practical conferences devoted to cultural development of truffle cultivation are planned. The opening ceremony will be attended by the Mayor of Beziers, deputies of the Municipal Council, President of the Agricultural Chamber of the region Erau, as well as experts and specialists in the cultivation and collection of truffles.

The achievements in the field of economics

The Greater Des Moines Partnership summed up the results of work in 2018 year. The successful expansion of the activities of 26 existing companies and the creation of 10 new enterprises, as well as attracting investment, were noted. The main strategic priorities for the coming year are presented: optimization of traffic in the central part of the city, promotion of small business development.

The preparation for the celebration of the Chinese New Year

The municipal government of the sister city of Zhenjiang has developed a program of celebrations dedicated to the Chinese New Year. Residents and guests of the city will be able to take part in more than 160 different events and projects. There will be festivals dedicated to cultural customs and traditions, a show of paper lanterns and fireworks, performances based on folk epos, competitions of readers and many other.

The development of transport infrastructure in the city of Yerevan

A meeting of the mayor with the representative of the bus manufacturer «Daimler Buses» took place in the Yerevan City Hall. Production bases of the company are represented in many countries of the world, the main markets are Europe and South America. During the meeting the sides discussed the prospects for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation. Information on the company's activity, as well as the complete production process of buses, including working on liquefied gas, hybrid or electric were presented

The development of unmanned cargo transport

Mr Deng Jianjun, a resident of the sister city of Changzhou, was one of 50 candidates for the Craftsmen of China 2018, organized by the China Federation of Trade Unions and the Central Radio and Television Station. For 30 years of work, he has gone from working man to technical director of a large company «Changzhou’s Black Peony (Group) Co». Mr. Deng, as a highly qualified specialist, implemented more than 130 projects, took part in a large number of technological transformations.

18.01.19

Anniversary of the liberation from the Ottoman yoke

On January 14, 2019 the Pazardzhik public celebrated the 141 anniversary of the liberation of the city from the Ottoman yoke. As part of the celebration, flowers were laid to the monument of General N.P.Brock, who led the vanguard of Russian troops and liberated the city. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Pazardzhik, the Head of Pazardzhik region, deputies of the National and city Duma, guests of the city. Flowers were also laid to other monuments to the heroes of the Russian-Turkish war. A festive concert was held in the evening.

Local wine festival

On January 18, 2019 in the sister city a celebration dedicated to local wines and their producers, in which wineries of the region of Bezier will participate under the single trademark "Coteaux de Beziers" is organized. This event is significant for the city, because making wine is a constant brand of Bezier for centuries. Celebrations will be held on the Day of St. Vincent, the patron of winemaking. Participants of the festival will be able to taste wines of the Beziers region, local oysters, cheeses and baked goods.

Charity event

On January, 21 of this year on the territory of the Breton skating plaza of the city of Des Moines a charity event will be organized to collect warm clothes for the needy. For concerned residents and visitors of the sister city who wants to take part in the project free skating, food and entertainments will be organized. Collected coats, hats, scarves and gloves will be submitted to low-income citizens.

Organizations for celebration of the Chinese New Year

Entering the Chinese New Year celebration, which this year the people of China will celebrate on February 05, a number of city-wide events have been organized in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The event "Greeting the Spring Festival and presenting spring couplets" is held, residents of the city have written more than 300 wishes of good luck and happiness and more than 200 spring couplets. Also one of the main streets of the city is already decorated with festive Chinese red lanterns with best wishes.

Restoration and improvement of green zones

In the frame of development of green zones the municipality of Yerevan sister city decided to restore and improve in 2019 a park around the National Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Al. Spendiarov, built 80 years ago. Currently the building, considered a landmark of the capital of Armenia, is surrounded by public catering enterprises. They were suggested to continue business in other city districts more suitable for this purpose. According to the project, works on restoration of the former appearance of the park will begin in spring.

Grand Canal cultural and tourist development Fund

On January 04 of this year in Jiangsu province it was decided to establish Jiangsu Grand Canal cultural and tourist development Fund. The Grand Canal is an important symbol of China civilization and one of the most important attractions of Changzhou sister city. Financing at the first phase is 20 billion of Yuan. Support will be provided to various projects in key areas contributing to the development of the cultural belt of the Grand Canal.

11.01.19


Final of the Cup of Bulgaria in volleyball
In the period fr om 11 to 13 January 2019 in Pazardzhik with the assistance of the sister city municipality and the Bulgarian Republic volleyball Federation is held the final of the Cup of Bulgaria in volleyball. Eight teams will participate in the final sports competition, including the volleyball team of Pazardzhik, which is one of the favorites of the competition. At the end of the Cup there will be an awards ceremony of winners.

Monthly book fair
From January to November 2019, the Book alleys fair will be held every month on the territory of the Field Rike Alley of Bézier, wh ere a wide range of publications will be presented – from ancient folios to modern comics. Booksellers will provide the necessary information and assist in the selection of collectible and mass publications, scientific works and encyclopedias, educational literature and collections of journalism, magazines and guides, postcards and posters, as well as many others books.

Program for abroad travelers
On January 04, 2019, at the airport of the sister city of Des Moines, the registration of candidates for participation in the international program "Global Entry", which provides the opportunity of a simplified procedure for passport control and customs control for abroad travelers, started. Des Moines airport takes part in the international program for the third time.

Mass growing exotic flowers
For the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year in the sister city of Zhenjiang, a large-scale cultivation and packaging of phalaenopsis (orchids) flowers, which are very popular among local residents during holidays, are carried out at the production base. In specially equipped greenhouses with modern equipment exotic plants are under constant control in order to ensure flowering during the festive events. Now the order for more than 80 thousand flowers is already realized. 

Raising Yerevan's rating in the field of public finance
At the end of 2018, the international rating agency confirmed Yerevan's rating in the field of public finance at the level of "B+". Compared to 2017, the rating increased from stable to positive. This fact is seen as a positive change in the creditworthiness of the sister city of Yerevan. 

Development of unmanned cargo transport
At the end of 2018, in the sister city of Changzhou a techno-park for the study of unmanned trucks was created. The first road tests of commercial cargo transport were successfully carried out, during which an autonomous truck equipped with artificial intelligence and without a driver carried out safe movement at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour along the highway, detecting moving objects at a distance of 300 meters. In the near future the road tests of the unmanned cargo transport will be continued.


28.12.18

The improvement of the city of Pazardzhik

The Republic of Bulgaria together with five countries of the European Union is participating in the international project “Our Green European City”. Prospects and proposals for the improvement and landscaping of Pazardzhik, existing problems and ways to solve them were discussed at the meetings of the Mayor of the Pazardzhik Community, the Deputy Governor and the head of the education department of the Pazardzhik region with the youth activists of the sister city.

The implementation of the environmental project

Since November 2017 the City Hall of Beziers together with the organization «Don’t harm» is implementing a project aimed at making the municipal theater 
as an “environmentally responsible institution”. Within this project a selection of biologically pure seasonal products for a buffet from local producers are being carried out. Theater programs in Braille are posted on the websites of the City Hall and the theater, according to the audience survey the necessary measures are taken. During the second phase of the project, it is planned to work with employees of the theater on the need to save water, electricity, and rationally use paper. The project will be implemented before the end of 2019.

An investing in developing companies

Business meetings for potential investors «Best of the Midwest event» were organized in the sister city of Des Moines in the autumn of 2018. The purpose of these annual events is to provide information on the most promising areas of investment, familiarization with existing start-up projects, as well as enterprises with high growth potential. According to the results of 2018, nine developing companies received funding. The achieved results illustrate the favorable conditions for the development of business in the city of Des Moines.

The reconstruction of the transport highway

On December 25, 2018 the large-scale reconstruction of the Jiangbin road – the second most important in the city for organizing the main traffic flow – was completed in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Repair work on straightening the roadway was carried out for three months.

The development of a geographic information system

The base geographical information system of the capital of the Republic of Armenia and the project of cadastral zoning are being developed in the city of Yerevan. Within the framework of new programs using modern technologies, it is supposed to create a complete information base of real estate, as well as ground and underground communications in the city, which will contribute to ensuring transparency and improving the efficiency of the relevant departments and structures.

The development of health tourism

In recent years a large part of the population of China is motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so visiting the spa centers is becoming increasingly popular. In 2018 the sister city of Changzhou was included in the list of the best health local tourist destinations during the New Year holidays. Modern Changzhou offers opportunities not only to treat the hot springs, but also to get acquainted with numerous cultural and historical monuments as well as visiting modern entertainment centers.

21.12.18

The awards in the field of sports and science

On the eve of the New Year, the 4th awards ceremony for achievements in the field of sports, science and programming was held in Pazardzhik. The event was organized by the Association “Hope of the city of Pazardzhik”. Within the framework of the official ceremony, fourteen students of the sister city were awarded certificates and cash prizes.

The events dedicated to the celebration of Christmas and New Year

The citywide events, dedicated to the celebration of Christmas and New Year is being continued in the city of Beziers. Commercial pavilions offering confectionery and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations and various gifts to the residents and guests of the sister city have been opened. Theater performances have been prepared at city venues, fair chalets are located, and there is also an ice rink. More than 100 participants and 7 festively decorated moving platforms will pass through the streets in the framework of the Christmas parade. The new city light and music fountain will demonstrate a special Christmas program, a “mini-farm”, operating as a contact zoo is opened for children. 

A grant for the development of Des Moines transport infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an $11 million Transportation Grant for the Des Moines Transload Facility. The Transload Facility situated at a site in southeast of the sister city with access to three railroads that span the country, is needed to transfer raw goods from trucks to trains, which can ship goods at a lower cost. The logistics company is expected to be commissioned in 2019 year and will significantly expand the region’s international trade opportunities.

The transportation of asphalt to the cities of China

In order to support the construction of the northwest part of China freight trains from Zhenjiang loaded with "container asphalt" rushed to Xinjiang, Tibet. This new "asphalt cold transport technology" was officially put into operation in May 2018, achieved excellent socio-economic indicators and is the main project for the development of the transport infrastructure of the province.


Charity Christmas marathon in Yerevan

The annual charity marathon "new year's good run" will be organized in the Central streets of Yerevan on 23 December, 2018. The event is organized by the municipality of Yerevan jointly with "Yerevan half marathon" and "Triglav". Participants in Santa suits have to cover a distance of 5 kilometers. All proceeds for the participation in the marathon will be aimed at implementation of charitable programs.

The industrial development of Changzhou

Recently, the German specialty chemicals company Lanxess said that will invest up to 250 million Euros in the Asia-Pacific region in the next five years. In this regard in March 2018 in Changzhou, the company started the construction of a high-performance plastics compounding plant for the automotive sector and the electrical and electronics industries. The volume of investment in production is 20 million Euros.
It should be noted, that now the company has nine production sites, and nine centers for research and development as well as five sales offices including the headquarters in Shanghai. Currently, more than 1,900 employees are working for Lanxess in China, nearly three times as many as when the company started operating in the country in 2005.
During the 13 years since its establishment, the company has been recognized six times as "Top Employer China".

14.12.18

Awarding the artists of the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of the Community of Pazardzhik Todor Popov will participate in the annual solemn ceremony of awarding members of the Association of artists of Pazardzhik on December 19, 2018. Awards to representatives of art will be presented in the following categories: painting, drawing and sculpture. The famous artist of the city of Pazardzhik Boris Rezov, who made a great contribution to the development of the sister-city, will be awarded with a personal award.

The improvement of Beziers campus

In the city of Beziers the work on the reconstruction of a dormitory for students and young workers built in 1963 has begun. In accordance with the new requirements for residential premises, the area of rooms will be increased. It is planned to build 100 new premises with a total area of 2223 sq.m. Two new dormitory buildings will be constructed, it is expected the improvement of surrounding area. 

The annual corporate games in the city of Des Moines

The registration of companies for the participation in the IV Annual corporate games, organized under the "Iowa Games" program was started in the beginning of December this year in the city of Des Moines. The participation of 80 teams is expected, which will be able to prove themselves in different kinds of sports in June-July of the following year. It is assumed that the competition will contribute to team cohesion, attracting employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and go in for sports. Winners will be awarded the Corporate Cup of the Games during the annual Iowa Fair. 

The competition on scientific and technological modeling

The youth competition on scientific and technological modeling was held in the city of Zhenjiang on December 9, 2018. The event was attended by over 500 students of primary and secondary educational organizations of the sister city. The winners were awarded in the following nominations: "Aerospace model", "Vehicle model" and "Robotics".

The stay of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Armenia in the city of Yerevan

In early December of this year the mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan met with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Armenia. The mayor of the sister city congratulated the ambassador on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and noted that the capital of Latvia - Riga and Yerevan are sister cities that connect not only warm friendly relations, but also the implementation of joint programs and projects. The prospects for the further development of international inter-municipal cooperation between Yerevan and Riga were also discussed during the meeting. 

The expanding of pharmaceuticals production in the city of Changzhou

In order to expand the production of polysaccharides and enzymes drugs Changzhou Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. started construction of the phase two of pharmaceuticals production facility at Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND). The investments into creation a new production is 1 billion yuan. A major manufacturer of pancreatic kininogenase, heparin sodium and low molecular weight heparin, as well as compound digestive enzyme preparations and asparaginase, Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. manufactures products that meet international standards, sells them in more than 20 provinces and cities in China, as well as exports to foreign markets.

07.12.18

Awarding the best entrepreneurs of the year in Pazardzhik

On November 30 this year, an awarding ceremony of the best entrepreneurs of the year was held in the city of Pazardzhik. The event was organized by the Association of entrepreneurs of the sister city. The ceremony was attended by the Governor of Pazardzhik, Mayor of Pazardzhik and representatives of the business of Bulgaria. The awards were presented in the following categories: "Entrepreneur of the year", "High-developing company" and "Significant contribution to the development of Pazardzhik". 

Youth program 

Bézier city hall invited the youth of the city to participate in the program "La casa des Euros". The program is intended for young people aged 14 to 25 years. Participants of this program can place their projects for life improvement in the city on a dedicated page of the official website of the city hall. The winner, who will be determined by the residents of Beziers by voting, will receive 100,000 Euros for the implementation of his project. 

Training business meetings 

On December 7 this year De Moine hosted First Fridays training business meetings, organized by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Women's Business Center. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for first-time entrepreneurs and citizens to get acquainted with the experience of business owners who have made a certain contribution to the development of the sister city. During the talks, representatives of the business community, the creators of regional and national brands, heads of local firms and shop owners shared the secrets of success, answered the questions of the participants. 

Annual competition of couples

The final and official closing ceremony of the annual contest of married couples who have lived in marriage for more than a decade took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang on December 02. This year the competition was attended by more than 200 couples who celebrated the "gold" and "silver" wedding. As a result of the performances, the best couple of the year was chosen; the finalists were awarded with memorable prizes. 

Implementation of the energy efficiency program

The sister city of Yerevan is implementing the program "Yerevan-solar community". Within the framework of the program, it is planned to install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of 90 multi-apartment residential buildings, which will provide the generation of electricity necessary for the power supply of common premises (lighting of stairwells and yard areas, as well as elevators). The aim of the project is to reduce energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy sources and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in multi-apartment buildings in Yerevan.

Establishment of the research and development center 

On November 28 this year, the leading automotive company of the sister city of Changzhou "Dorcen Auto" and Shanghai Jiaotong University signed an agreement on the establishment of the research and development center. The new center of automotive technologies will be engaged in research in the field of mechanical engineering, testing of innovative developments, modernization of products, providing technical support. It will also become a practical basis for the training of young professionals.

30.11.18

The contest "The best sportsmen of the city of Pazardzhik"

A traditional contest of the best ten sportsmen of the city of Pazardzhik is held annually. Profiles of participants – representatives of sixteen city sports clubs will be reviewed by a competition commission consisting of experts and journalists working in the sports field. The individual achievements of the athlete, participation and awards in international, European and national competitions will be taken into account during summing up the results of the contest. The official award ceremony will be held on December 11, 2018.

The performance of the gymnasts

The tenth annual report performance of the athletes of the rhythmic gymnastics club of the city of Beziers «ASB Gym» will take place on December 1, 2018. This performance is very bright and has a great success with the audience: the last show was presented during a round trip to 25,000 people. 70 gymnasts will take part in the reporting performance of the club "ASB Gym" 

The first Book Festival

The first annual Book Festival «DSM Book Festival» will take place in the sister city of Des Moines in March 2019. A diverse program was prepared for visitors, meetings with famous authors, literary discussions in the Book Club, educational workshops for children and adults, performances of musicians will be organized. The festival is currently accepting applications for the participation of local authors, illustrators, publishers and non-profit organizations.

The measures on improving the security in educational institutions

The measures on improving the security in educational institutions are being implemented in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Representatives of the police conducted preventive discussions on combating terrorism and disturbing public order, met with teachers and students to observe safety precautions as well as organized training for security officers. Interactive safety education is being introduced in the city’s educational institutions. 

The postcard dedicated the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan

The ceremony of presentation the postcard "History of Armenia: 2800th anniversary of the founding of Yerevan" was held in Yerevan City Hall. Cards with 4 stamps were printed in a French printing house with a circulation of 15,000 copies. The postcard presents stamps with the plan of the city of Erebuni, Amiryan Street of the 1920s, as well as Yerevan Railway Station and the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Spendiaryan. In addition, modern night Yerevan at the background of Mount Ararat.

The construction of a new plant

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new BOMAG (Changzhou) Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. plant took place in the sister city of Changzhou.  BOMAG is the world's leading and largest manufacturer of road rollers.
The new 30,000-square-meter plant will be specialized in the production of compactors for asphalt, soil and waste, as well as machines for creating coatings from stabilized soil and restoring asphalt coatings. The opening of the new plant will contribute to the further development of the Changzhou economy.

23.11.18

Exhibition in Pazardzhik
22 November 2018 at the Boev Art gallery of Pazardzhik, the exhibition of the famous artist and sculptor, a native of sister-city Stephen Lyutakova was opened. The exhibition presents creative works which were not exhibited before -18 sculptures made of bronze, marble and wood, as well as 19 paintings. Today it is already organized thirty solo exhibitions of Stefan Lyutakov. 

Charitable aid to victims of floods 
In order to provide assistance and solidarity, representatives of the city of Beziers voted to collect money in favor of the flood victims on the Od River. The amount of 16,000 euros was transferred to the Association of mayors of French cities. Also the town hall of Béziers sent to the Trab Commune, victim of flooding, a group of workers to participate in elimination of results of natural disasters and humanitarian aid.

Implementation of the creative project
A new joint project "The Creative Economy Initiative" developed by the public organizations "Festival of arts De Moines" and "Bravo" is being implemented in the sister city of Des Moines. The project involves activities aimed at promoting professional development and career growth of representatives of various creative professions. The implementation of the project will also contribute to the expansion of opportunities for representatives of culture and art of the sister city to participate in the development of the city's economy and improve the quality of life of the population. 

Opening of a new grocery market 
On November 18, 2017, the opening of a new market of farm products was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The total area of the pavilions is 3,600 sq. m. the volume of investments is more than 15 RMB. Here buyers will be able to buy fresh meat and fish products of local producers, vegetables and fruits, semi-finished products and ready meals. The opening of the new market contributes to the formation of a more comfortable trading environment for the residents of the city. 

Program for the prevention of diseases 
The screening program "assessment of the efficiency of management of patients with impaired carbohydrate metabolism and high cardiovascular risks" was implemented for the first time on the initiative of Yerevan municipality. The aim of the project is early detection and prevention of diseases. More than 2000 citizens took part in the program during the year. Beneficiaries were also provided with special devices for measuring blood pressure and blood sugar, data from which were automatically transmitted online to doctors. In fact, citizens were under the round-the-clock supervision of specialists. The initiative is implemented jointly with the Yerevan urban endocrine dispensary and the Association of cardiologists of Armenia 

Competition to determine the best tourist destination 
In East China, a competition was held to determine the High-quality Popular Tourist Destinations, to participate in which the most picturesque places of the country were presented. The results of the competition were announced on November 9 this year at the Global Tourism Brand Innovation Development Summit. According to the results of on-line voting and expert evaluation of the jury the finalists included three tourist places of the sister city of Changzhou: Oriental Salt Lake City, Jiangnan Global Harbor and Yancheng Amusement Park.




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