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Sports competitions 

On May 23-24 this year the National championship and the European Cup of modern pentathlon among young people in two age categories up to 17 and up to 19 years was held in Pazardzhik. Young representatives of Champion sports club of the sister city successfully participated in the competitions, having won 11 medals in individual events and three team cups. 

Resumption of the educational institution “Ruffel” 

One of the oldest private educational institutions - "Ruffel", founded in 1915, resumes its work in the city of Beziers. The organization will be located in the newly built University campus. The last 20 years the school was located in Servian. May 25, 2019 at the school "Ruffel" there was an open day. Currently, the school has about 200 students who are trained in the field of "Accounting", "Dietetics", "Secretary". 

Promoting of a multicultural community 

On May 30, 2019, a round table devoted to the formation of a multicultural community was organized in the sister city of Des Moines. The event was attended by representatives of major companies and organizations, as well as residents of the city. During the "round table" there was an exchange of experience in creating an environment with equal opportunities for all population, goals were defined for the further development of an inclusive community in the city of Des Moines. 

Children’s Day 

On May 26, 2019, in the Children’s Palace of the sister city of Zhenjiang, a number of festive events " Enlightening Children to Move forward with Happiness " were organized, dedicated to the Children's Day. The program included performances of children's vocal and dance groups, sports competitions in martial arts, instrumental music. Residents and guests of the city with interest visited the exhibition of drawings, as well as creative performances of young artists. 

Urban Council 

A new City-planning Council under the Mayor of the city has been established in Yerevan, the main task of which is the consideration and comprehensive study of the largest construction projects important for the city. Experienced architects will make decisions on the implementation of the project, taking into account the need to preserve the unique appearance of the capital of Armenia. Mayor of Yerevan noted that the work of the Council will promote the further development of the city. 

Sister cities Agreement signing 

On May 19, 2019, the official signing of the Agreement on the establishment of friendly relations with the city of Wyndham (Australia), which became the 28 sister city of Changzhou, took place in Changzhou. It is assumed that the twinning will contribute to the humanitarian and cultural cooperation and exchanges in the field of economy and tourism. The most developed industries of Wyndham are chemical production, metalworking and food industry.


Day of Pazardzhik celebrations 

As part of the celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Day of Slavic writing, the “Spring salon” exhibition of members of the Union of artists was organized in the sister city. The exhibition presents about 60 works by 23 artists, made in various techniques and artistic genres from realism to abstraction. At the official opening, the Mayor congratulated the participants of the exhibition and presented memorable awards. 

City festival 

In the period from May 30 to June 01, 2019 the "Les Caritats" city festival, symbolizing the ancient holiday of mercy, will be held in Beziers. During the festival, citizens and visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the traditions and customs of the Middle Ages. Within the framework of the event program, reconstruction of knight tournaments, archery competitions will be organized. There will be master classes in the manufacture of pottery and leather goods, a performance with the participation of trained birds for hunting. Also, the artists and musicians will present interesting performances. 

Creative Youth Festival 

On May 19, Des Moines hosted the Creative Youth Festival, the initiators of which were the students of the sister city. The main purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for local musicians and aspiring artists to demonstrate their achievements, as well as to contribute to the further development of creativity among young people. The Festival included live music concerts, an exhibition of paintings, as well as performances of poets and actors. 

Fitness center construction

In the sister city of Zhenjiang, a large-scale project for the construction of a fitness center with a total area of 25,000 square meters is being implemented. the Project involves the construction of a stadium, a sports hall, a fitness trail, a football field, basketball, tennis, a children's play area, etc. the Center will become a multi-purpose sports unit that combines sports zones and commercial facilities.

Modernization of external lighting systems 

In the sister city of Yerevan in the framework of the Urban green lighting program the modernization of outdoor lighting systems is carried out. Within the framework of the program, modern energy-saving led lamps are installed. The modernization of outdoor lighting systems helps to reduce energy consumption, improve lighting and road safety. 

International Industrial Equipment Expo 

On the morning of May 18, the 7th Changzhou International Industrial Equipment Expo was opened at the West Taihu International Expo Center. The Exhibition presents about 600 well-known Chinese and international brands specializing in new technologies in the production of equipment. The exhibition presents the latest achievements in the field of industrial automation and robotics, laser cutting and welding equipment, architectural and construction products etc. The event promotes brands and expands business contacts. 


The celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik

The festive events, dedicated to the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavic Literature and Culture, will be held on May 21, 2019. A solemn mass will be held in the church of Saints Constantine and Helena. Mayor of Pazardzhik will take part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag on the Central Square named after Konstantin Velichkov. Various entertainment events and festive concerts will be organized. As part of the celebration, a festival of Balkan culture and cooking will also be held.

The international cultural event

The international cultural event "Night of the museums" will take place on May 18 of this year in Bezier. Citizens will be able to visit Bezier's museum, and also two museums of Fine Arts located in Fabrega and Fayette's estates. Within the action of a lecture of scientists-historians and an excursion accompanied by skilled guides will be organized. Besides the interactive dramatized representations, concerts of on-stage performance groups and soloists will be carried out. Pieces of music will be performed as on ancient, and modern tools

The Farmers Market

The opening of the new season of the Farmers Market was held on May 4, 2019 in Des Moines. Now, every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October, residents and guests of the sister-city will be able not only to purchase fresh products from more than 300 local producers, but also to take part in various recreational activities. The market covers nine blocks in the city center and is open to visitors in the early morning hours.

The cultural youth action

The international youth action “One Belt And One Road heart to heart" was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang on May 15, 2019. The event was attended by about 500 Chinese and foreign students from 45 foreign countries - Russia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, etc. A procession in national costumes was organized during the event, the participants demonstrated the cultural traditions and customs of various nations of the world.

The music festival

The 12th festival of music and art schools started in the sister city of Yerevan. The contest will be held in ten nominations - piano, strings, percussion, wind instruments, national instruments, vocals, an ensemble of classical music, solfege dictations and musical literature. The winners of the festival will be awarded with memorable prizes of Yerevan City Hall and will take part in the final gala concert.

The increase of tourist flow during the May holidays

There was a significant increase in tourist flow during the May Day holidays in Changzhou. The sister city was visited by over a million guests during the four weekends. Sights such as the Universal Dinosaur Town, Lake Tianma, Yancheng Recreation Area, Soltlake Resort, Tianning Temple, as well as amusement and recreation parks were especially popular.


National championship in ship modeling sport 

In the period fr om 04 to 05 of May 2019 the National championship in ship modeling among radio-controlled models was held in Harmanli (Republic of Bulgaria). During the competition, sportsmen of the sister city of Pazardzhik turned in a good score, winning six gold, seven silver and four bronze medals. This stage is preparatory for participation in the International championship in ship modeling, which will be held in June this year in Pazardzhik. 

Film production 

At the end of April this year a new detective film with the preliminary title "Crime in Ero" was shot in the sister city of Bezier. The filming was attended by residents of the city, who were selected during the casting. Through the efforts of the decorators, the old courthouse was transformed into the gendarmerie, wh ere the main action of the film takes place. The investigation on the film will be carried out between the three cities of the region: Beziers, Agde and Marseillan. The film is scheduled to be shown on French television in October 2019.

New medical equipment 

At the MercyOne Children's Hospital of the sister city of Des Moines the latest echocardiography machine has appeared thanks to the funding of the Principal Charity Classic. With the help of this modern medical device it is possible to provide a highly-detailed, 3D-color imaging of the heart. The equipment will be widely used in pediatrics for diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, as well as pediatric surgery.

Travel industry 

Because of several days off in China, timed to the May Day holidays, in the sister city of Zhenjiang there was an increased demand for tourist trips. In total the people of China made about 150 million trips around the country during these days. Nevertheless, every year tours abroad are becoming more and more popular. 

International Jazz Day 

The sister city of Yerevan celebrated the International Jazz Day. Festive events were held in the open air at the Cascade complex. Numerous local jazzmen performed the works of Armenian and foreign composers. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a four-time Grammy winner, also joined the concert. 

Development of automobile industry

The DORCEN Auto company of the sister city of Changzhou took part in the 18th International exhibition of the automobile industry (Auto Shanghai 2019) in Shanghai. The company presented modern models of fuel cell, new energy and commercial vehicles at the exhibition, receiving widespread attention of visitors. "DORCEN" is a new Chinese automobile brand. In 2019, the company expects to release innovative hybrid models of vehicles.


The Bulgarian-Turkish business forum

The Bulgarian-Turkish Business Forum was held in the city of Pazardzhik on April 24, 2019. The event was attended by the Governor of the Pazardzhik region, the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Plovdiv, the leadership of the Chambers of Commerce of Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as representatives of the business community. During the forum the issues of further socio-economic cooperation were discussed, the current positive dynamics of trade development in the sister city was noted.

The improvement of the city of Pazardzhik

The construction and repair work in the Maritsa district of the sister city of Pazardzhik were finished on April 24th, 2019. Financial resources for the improvement were allocated from the state budget, as well as provided by the European Regional Development Fund. The Mayor of the Community of Pazardzhik took part in the official opening ceremony of the district, thanked the architects for the quality work. 

The entrepreneurship development program

In order to promote the development of entrepreneurship the City Hall of Beziers is launching the Boutique Test program. The terms of participation are as follows: the concept of the project should be innovative and original, the outlet should emphasize the identity of the historical center, the wide range of goods should be different from those presented in other stores in the city. If the testing is successful, the mayor's office will assist in finding premises for a future store.

Implementation of new mobile service

In 2019 Verizon’s ultra-wideband mobile network 5G will be implemented in the sister city of Des Moines. It is expected that the use of mobile technologies of the new generation will contribute to better communication in schools, hospitals and enterprises, as well as improve the quality of services in electronic form, the level of service in transport and online stores. 

Youth action

As part of the events dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, as well as patriotic education of young people a flash mob "the most beautiful flag" was held in the city of Zhenjiang. Students of the sister city depicted the national flag, and then lined up the figure "70" at the city stadium. 

The reception of the French delegation

Mayor of Yerevan welcomed the official delegation of the city of Lyon (French Republic). The effectiveness of inter-municipal interaction and achieved results, in particular, the creation of an Armenian-French specialized training center, the construction of the “Park of Lyon” were noted during the meeting. The prospects of French entrepreneurs investment projects implementation in the capital of Armenia were discussed. Following the visit, interest in expanding cooperation in health care, higher education, culture and tourism was expressed. 

Educating program of Jiangsu Province

As part of the educating program for expats “Go Jiangsu”, a number of events were held in the sister city of Changzhou. Sightseeing tour was organized, a master class on the picking and preparation of a special variety of local green tea "Jintan Queshe", as well as tasting coffee of traditional Chinese recipes were held. Tourists also had an opportunity to visit the ancient book printing agency, to get acquainted with the secrets of paper carving, which is an intangible heritage of China. The program was attended by the winners of the photo contest of Jiangsu Province, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the policy of openness and reform in China.


The opening of an art exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

On April 23, 2019 the Pazardzhik Art Gallery named after Georgy Mashev will host a youth festival organized with the support of the Community of Artists of the sister city. Within the event the V exhibition of art schools in the sister city with an exhibition of more than 200 works of young art lovers will be opened. There will be performances of the novice musicians from the city of Pazardzhik.

The Week of Russian Culture

The Week of Russian Culture organized by the association "Russian-speaking Alliance in Beziers" will take place in the city of Beziers in the period from April 23 to April 27, 2019. The program of this event includes exhibitions of porcelain articles by Russian masters, paintings of Russian artists as well as books of Russian authors. A festival of Russian national cuisine will be held, performances by creative groups will take place.

The contest of the best project for economic development

Google announced a contest of the best idea for the further development of communities in the capital city of Iowa - the sister city of Des Moines. Non-profit organizations will be able to present their innovative projects to address a wide range of issues. Based on the decision of the jury, a grant will be awarded for the implementation of five projects. After the winners are announced, residents of the Iowa will select one winner by public vote, who will receive additional funding.

The green tea plucking season

The season of industrial plucking of Chinese green tea is open in the city of Zhenjiang with the beginning of spring. The workshops for foreign students studying at Jiangsu University were organized at tea plantations of the sister city. Experienced masters demonstrated the secrets of proper tea plucking, told about the methods and features of brewing traditional Chinese drink.

The financial education program

The project “My Finance Month” is being implemented in the sister city of Yerevan for six years with the assistance of the mayor's office and the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia. Within a special program students who receive education in the economic sphere, as well as any interested person, have the opportunity to visit the financial institutions of the capital and get acquainted with their activities. The Yerevan municipality, being a member of the Commission on the National Strategy for Improving Financial Literacy of the Republic of Armenia, has been actively involved in financial education programs for many years.

Participation in the international exhibition

The leaders of the Municipal People's Government of Changzhou and the districts regions of intensive economic growth of the sister city took part in the 13th China (Henglin) International Floor Expo (SNIEC), dedicated to innovative developments and achievements in the field of flooring. This year, the exhibition presented a number of upgraded versions of high-tech products and innovative floor heating systems. As a result of the exhibition, a number of agreements on the development of cooperation with relevant companies in this industry were reached. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.

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