National Tennis Championship
The National Tennis Championship for the under-16 age group was held at the tennis court «Favorit» in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The championship was organized by the Bulgarian Tennis Federation. About 100 athletes took part in the competition, 48 of them were young women.
Purchasing of the rugby club
The city of Beziers has become the official owner of the professional Rugby Club, having acquired a control packet of shares. This will enable the Mayor's office of the sister city timely to resolve issues of financing, organization of work and management of the club. Professional Beziers police officers are members of the unique sports club.
Training program for small-scale entrepreneurs
A new training program for small business sector was developed in the sister city of Des Moines. The main purpose of the seminars is contribution for establishment of business connections and entrepreneur cooperation, providing new opportunities for further development. Significant attention is expected to be paid to preparation of contracts with local and national corporations during the training courses.
In order to achieve the necessary level of immunization in the sister city of Zhenjiang, large-scale explanatory work has been continuing among the population about the need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Special vaccination centers have been established in the city districts. First time vaccinated residents of the city will receive special gift sets.
New bridge construction
In order to ensure safety of traffic and regulate congestion, the construction of a new bridge with the width of 9 meters was completed in the sister city of Yerevan. For the convenience of movement of residents, a sidewalk and installation of a drainage system are provided. The bridge connects the city with the Kotayk region, located in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, as well as the administrative district of Yerevan with the city of Sevan.
Competition for production of high-quality equipment
On August 19th, the Jiangsu Province Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for small and medium-sized enterprises was held in the sister city of Changzhou. Sixty-eight programs in the field of smart manufacturing, new energy and green technologies were submitted for participation in the competition. The winner was one of the companies of the city of Changzhou, which takes the leading position among enterprises producing equipment for measuring complex impedance.
International Youth Day
On August 12th this year, activities dedicated to the International Youth Day were held in the «Island of Freedom» park of the sister city of Pazardzhik, organized by the Mayor's Office jointly with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Bulgaria, the public organization «Bulgaria loves the Young». The main focus of the events is «time of opportunities». In accordance with the program of the holiday, thematic exhibitions, meetings, as well as film screenings were held.
National swimming competitions
On September 12th this year, national open water swimming competitions will be held in the sister city of Beziers. The sports competition is organized by the French Swimming Federation, the European Swimming League and is part of a series of events implemented in order to support the growing interest of the population in playing sports in surroundings in the fresh air. Everyone aged from 10 to 99 years will be able to take part in swimming at various distances.
Organization of leisure time in the summer period
On August 27th this year, an open-air cinema will be organized for residents and guests of the sister city of Des Moines. In one of the city parks, a demonstration of the film will be held on a portable screen about 8 meters in size. Fast food will also be organized for the audience. The entertainment event will provide an opportunity for film lovers to spend time with family and friends in the fresh air.
A number of preventive measures are being implemented in the sister city of Zhenjiang to stave off the spread of coronavirus infection. Special attention is paid to the organization of the work of shopping centers, supermarkets and public places. Systematic disinfection of premises, measuring the temperature of visitors, checking health data is carried out. The implemented measures allow to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus infection.
In the Mayor's Office of the sister city of Yerevan there was a meeting with representatives of the Armenian gymnastics team who have performed at the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo. As well as the bronze medalist Artur Davtyan awarded by the commemorative medal «Erebuni-Yerevan-2800». The participation of athletes in such events promotes the image of the city in the international field, contributes to the further development of this kind of sport. In this regard, it is planned to build a new sports school for training and organization of international competitions.
Decentralized wind generation program
A large-scale 30 MW decentralized wind generation program has been launched in Changzhou City District, which will save 22,000 tons of standard coal. Within the framework of the program with an investment of 230 million yuan, it is also planned to build 12 wind power generation sets.
On August 09th this year, the official opening ceremony of the monument to the hero of the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878, General Nikolai Brok, took place in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The special event was attended by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova, ex-President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov, as well as representatives of local authorities and public. The monument was consecrated by the Metropolitan of Plovdiv, Bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, who emphasized the symbolic significance of the memorial as a struggle for the freedom of the homeland.
In the sister city of Beziers, special significance is attached to the organization of leisure time of citizens in the summer. On a daily basis in the evening, residents and guests of the city are able to watch a high-tech performance projected on the facade of the Church of St. Madeleine, using water special effects of a specially installed pool on the square. The light and music show is dedicated to the history of Beziers from the time of the Greek settlers.
Affordable housing Forum
On August 17th this year, the Forum will be held in the sister city of Des Moines, organized as part of a series of conferences on national policy issues. The main topic of the meetings is providing affordable housing to attract young professionals to the region, concessional leasing terms. The Forum will be held in a hybrid format. The next forum is scheduled for this October.
Development of ecological tourism
In the sister city of Zhenjiang, particular importance is attached to the further development of eco-tourism. Horse-riding and walking guided tours around the city are especially popular among health-conscious people. Unusual landscapes and natural attractions also attract a lot of photography lovers.
Within the framework of cooperation between the city of Yerevan and the city of Stepanakert, joint youth competitions were held in the period from 04 to 06 August this year in such sports as basketball, volleyball, boxing. All teams participating in the events were awarded by representatives of local self-government bodies of both cities. A bus tour was organized for the invited sports delegation to get acquainted with the cultural and historical sights of the city of Yerevan.
Implementation of programs
Ten major programs with a total investment of more than 6.2 billion yuan have been launched in the Economic Development Zone of Liyang, an area of Changzhou City District. These programs are aimed at the development of key industries, infrastructure, as well as the implementation of projects for the social protection of low-income rural population. Besides, one of the Chinese companies intends to invest 3.5 billion yuan in the program for producing the components of lithium batteries for electric vehicles.
During the implementation of the 14th five-year plan for development of the Liyang Economic Zone, it is planned to build industrial clusters for the production of car batteries and high-end stainless steel, smart grid and smart equipment.
Badminton World Championship
In the period fr om August 5th to 8th this year, the 14th Badminton World Championship for the age group from 14 to 19 years is being held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. More than 100 sportsmen from 14 foreign countries will take part in the event. The championship was organized by the Bulgarian Badminton Federation, the Badminton Sports Club of the sister city. The Mayor's Office of the city of Pazardzhik provided financing for the sport event and logistic support.
Marathon «Southern race»
On August 12th 2021, the municipal marathon «Southern Race» for a distance of 5.2 km will be held in the sister city of Beziers as part of the annual Feria holiday. Professional athletes and fans of a healthy lifestyle will traditionally be able to take part in running competitions. The event will be organized in line with sanitary safety measures.
A new interactive project aimed at getting acquainted residents and guests of the sister city with interesting historical facts will be implemented in the city of Des Moines. It is planned to set special QR codes in the city center for scanning, after this persons wishing to be able to read information about the sights of Des Moines by visual effects.
Using modern equipment in city parks
An unusual rose garden has been created in the sister city of Zhenjiang, wh ere the modern installation «Misty Forest» is used. The artificial fog generation system is used to cooling and humidifying space, disinfection, and creation a beautiful effect in the garden. Visitors note the unusual fantastic atmosphere of the flower garden.
The honorary certificates and grateful letters were presented by Mayor's Office of the sister city of Yerevan to representatives of organizations and individuals who contributed to the development of the city. Their activities were aimed at implementing projects and programs for the improvement and urban greening, as well as conducting research and developing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection Covid-19.
Districts of the sister city of Changzhou
The districts of Qingcheng and Shi-Chen, which are part of the Changzhou Urban District, were included into the list of traditional districts of Jiangsu Province. Rural tourism is actively developing in the territories, which contributes to improving the quality of life of residents through the use of natural resources. Programs for reconstruction of houses, improvement of the environment, and household waste management have also been implemented. In October 2018, Shi-Chen district was included in the list of attractive demonstration areas of the countryside of the sister city of Changzhou.
In the sister city of Pazardzhik, the third stage of the National Championship of the Republic of Bulgaria in ship modeling was held in the period from July 23th to 25th this year. According to the results of all stages of the championship, the competition winners in various age categories were awarded 56 medals, 23 of which were awarded for the best yacht modeling projects.
In the period from August 11th to 15th 2021, the traditional Feria festival will be held in the sister city of Beziers, including carnival processions, performances of folklore groups, concerts of brass bands, theater and circus spectacles will be organized. Residents of Beziers and guests of the sister city will be able to attend book exhibitions and literary meetings, take part in various interactive programs.
Annual forum on increasing inclusivity
In November 2021, the IX annual Forum on Social Integration will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. The event is supposed to be held in a hybrid format. During the forum, the best practices of providing equal opportunities for all segments of the population will be considered. The winners of the award for the development of an inclusive corporate culture will also be awarded.
In the sister city of Zhenjiang, the harvest of spring wheat has been completed, at the same time the field work of local farmers engaged in planting rice seedlings continues. Special attention is paid to the observance of technologies and the introduction of modern methods of cultivation in order to obtain the best quality crop, which is expected to be harvested in October this year.
Reconstruction of park areas
Large-scale work is being carried out in the sister city of Yerevan on implementation of the well-arrangement programs in recreation zones of the capital. As part of the program for the reconstruction of the parks' infrastructure, it is planned to provide the objects with a new irrigation system, outdoor lighting using energy-saving lamps, ramps, as well as to renew the appearance of cultural attractions, renovate alleys and arrange green spaces.
A Forum dedicated to the organization of exchanges of talented youth within the framework of cooperation between educational institutions and major enterprises located in the Yangtze River Delta was held in the sister city of Changzhou. During the Forum, issues related to the training of highly qualified specialists, the developing of training programs were discussed. Agreements on internships for students were also signed. In conclusion, the Forum participants visited the largest industrial parks of the city.
Transport network development
For the further transport network development, a new bus route will be elaborated in the sister city of Beziers. Traffic on the lane will be organized by the priority to public transport. Stops will be provided near the most important public places, hospitals, shopping centers, educational institutions, the endpoints will be the railway station and the bus station named after Charles de Gaulle. The bus line will connect the eastern and western parts of the city.
At the end of July this year, educational seminars for women will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. Within the framework of the activities, meetings with successful business women, women leaders of organizations and companies will be organized, trainings on further professional development and personal growth will be prepared.
Farmers' markets reconstruction
In order to provide comfortable conditions for sale of products from local farms and stimulate consumer demand, large-scale work on renewing the city markets was carried out in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Hypermarkets were obtained its current appearance by the providing of sanitary standards and security measures.
Yard territories improvement
To create a comfortable urban environment in the sister city of Yerevan, works are being carried out on the improvement of yard territories. Within the framework of the «Active Citizen» program of the Yerevan Municipality, residents of the city are given the opportunity to present their own projects aimed at improving the quality and development of the city infrastructure. At this stage, projects are being implemented, including the creation of recreation areas in the administrative districts of the city, the construction of sports grounds, running tracks.
During the implementation of the joint project of the cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Suzhou, it is planned to build a road with a length of more than 400 km along Taihu Lake. This project provides for the further development of logistics between cities and ensuring the availability of public transport. Besides, the representatives of the sister city of Changzhou are elaborated a landscape design of the territory along Taihu Lake with an area of 30 square kilometers, which will contribute to the revival of rural areas because of tourism development.
July 15th this year opening of the exhibition dedicated to the work of members of the Community of Pazardzhik Artists took place at the art gallery «G.Mashev» of the sister city of Pazardzhik. Residents and guests of the city were given the opportunity to get acquainted with the works of young artists in the period from July 15th to 28th this year.
Reconstruction of the bus station
On July 07th this year large-scale works on the reconstruction of the bus station and its surrounding area have been started in the sister city of Beziers, as a result of which a safe and accessible modern public space will be created, equipped with information terminals for passengers and sales outlets. A number of measures aimed at optimizing the movement of road traffic and reorganizing parking spaces will also be implemented.
Currently, arrangements is being carried out in the sister city of Des Moines for the annual gastronomic and music festival, which will be held from September 17 to 19 this year. It is expected that food producers from 23 countries will take part in the event. Seminars and interactive presentations, cooking shows and master classes, various entertainment programs will be organized for visitors of the festival.
Ecological agriculture development
Active educational activities are being carried out to train local farmers in «green» technologies and modern methods of agricultural production, as well as soil cultivation and fertilization with the onset of the summer harvest season for further development of organic agriculture in the sister city of Zhenjiang.
Sanitary cleaning of streets
For further urban beautification of the sister city of Yerevan, additional sanitary cleaning of streets has been organized in the summer. On a daily basis intensive work is carried out by several dozen street cleaning machines and sidewalk cleaning equipment in all administrative districts of the city, contributing to reducing the level of environmental pollution and air purification.
Youth cultural Festival
On July 11th this year, the grand opening of the Youth festival dedicated to the cultural peculiarities of Jiangsu Province and Taiwan took place in the sister city of Changzhou. The festival organized by Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the Changzhou Municipal People’s Government. Within the framework of the festival, 12 events will be organized, including an innovation competition, a basketball tournament, and a seminar on agricultural technologies.
Exhibition dedicated to the Bulgarian rose
On July 08th this year, an exhibition dedicated to the symbol of the Republic of Bulgaria - the Bulgarian rose - opened in the Regional Historical Museum of the sister city of Pazardzhik. The exhibition was organized by the Historical Museum «Iskra» of the Bulgarian city of Kazanlak – the center of cultivation and processing of the Bulgarian rose and the mayor's office of the sister city of Pazardzhik. The exposition presents more than 100 exhibits about the history of the creation of rose oil.
On July 14th this year, a number of events dedicated to the national holiday of France - Bastille Day will be held in the sister city of Beziers. According to tradition, stage and light street shows, musical performances of creative teams will be organized for residents and guests of the city. The main activity will be a pyrotechnic show using drones.
Sustainable Development Rating
In July, the sister city of Des Moines was recognized as one of the best cities for sustainable development. The rating was based on data on the implementation of projects in the field of green industry, complying with the environmental construction standards, the availability of buildings with economical energy consumption, as well as the provision of grants for the reconstruction and restoration facilities.
Preservation of historical heritage
In the sister city of Zhenjiang, a special attention is paid to the development of tourist attractiveness and the preservation of cultural and historical heritage. The oldest part of the city of Zhenjiang is considered to be the Xijin quarter, which unites several ancient streets with historical features. There are restored residential buildings, as well as many souvenir shops and cafes with national cuisine. In the summer, the old quarter is especially popular for tourists.
The capital's fleet of the sister city of Yerevan was equipped with 100 new compact buses by support of the Mayor's Office of the city. For security reasons, the vehicles were equipped with a video surveillance system. By autumn, it is planned to install an electronic payment system to all public transport, expand the fleet with large-capacity buses in accordance with relevant international standards.
The first route «Red tourism»
Since July 01st, the new bus route «Red Tourism» was developed for residents and guests of the sister city of Changzhou, dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. The excursion tour consists of more than 50 stops, including visits to the memorial halls of famous political leaders and the Museum of the Communist Party of China. The total length of the route is 13.7 km.
European Night of Museums
On July 03rd this year, the thematic event «European Night of Museums» will be held in the Regional Historical Museum, as well as in the art gallery «Stanislav Dospevski» of the sister city of Pazardzhik. During this activity, the thematic exhibitions and concerts will be organized. Annually the cultural event is traditionally held and supported by the Mayor's Office of the sister city of Pazardzhik.
Since July 01st this year, the new lighting in the summer period and illumination depicting exotic birds and animals, unusual plants and trees has been installed in the center of the sister city of Beziers. Light installations are dedicated to certain topics. Residents and guests of the city will also be able to see a game of giant chess in front of the Town Hall - an unusual performance using special luminous equipment.
Further economic and social development
The members of the business sector association «Greater Des Moines Partnership» presented the strategic priorities for the further development of the sister city of Des Moines, which are expected to be approved as part of the federal program in September this year in Washington. The main attention is paid to the development of air and water connections, attraction of investment in urban infrastructure, small businesses support and immigration reform.
Performance dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party
On June 27th of this year, a premiere of the theatrical performance dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang. During the activity, the main attention was paid to patriotic education, the history of socialism. The performance was attended by representatives of the leadership of the Municipal People's Government of the city of Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.
Official reception of the Ambassador of Italy to Armenia
The meeting of the Mayor of the sister city of Yerevan and the Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Armenia Mr. Alfonso di Rizo was held on June 30th of this year. The Mayor of Yerevan congratulated the Ambassador of Italy with the beginning of the diplomatic mission, noting the importance of further development of friendly relations between the sister cities.
The Ambassador of Italy emphasized the importance of strengthening the historically formed multilateral relations between Yerevan and the cities of Italy.
Opening of a new metro line
On June 28th of this year, the second metro line was opened in the sister city of Changzhou, the length of which is 19.79 km, including 15 stations. This line passes through the city, connecting the districts of Zhonglou and Tianning, as well as the Changzhou economic development zone. The travel time for residents of the sister city takes about 35 minutes.
As part of the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow on June 22th this year, residents of the sister city of Pazardzhik engaged in commemorative events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. On this day there were ceremony of laying flowers at monuments to Soviet soldiers who died in the Republic of Bulgaria.
Victory in the Republican Rapid Chess Championship
Representatives of the Chess Club of the sister city of Pazardzhik gained the victory at the team competition at the Republican Rapid Championship. Rapid chess competitions are held in the period from June 19th to 26th this year in the Bulgarian city of Kiten.
Award in the field of landscape design
At the end of 2020, the sister city of Beziers became the winner of the prestigious landscape design competition. The gold medal in the category «Urban Public Spaces» was awarded for the reconstruction of one of the ancient squares and the silver medal - in the category «Infrastructure» for the redevelopment of the Saint-Roche Bridge and its surroundings.
Small Enterprise Summit
The fifth annual small enterprise Summit is going to be held in the sister city of Des Moines. During the event, it is planned to consider issues of supporting business representatives in overcoming the effects of the pandemic, discuss prospects for further development: marketing, legal regulation of activities, sales increase, etc. Within the framework of the Summit, a series of seminars will be held by representatives of leading enterprises, the expert community and business circles.
Activities dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China
A series of activities were organized in the sister city of Zhenjiang to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. The veterans who devoted more than 50 years of their lives to working in party bodies were awarded honorary medals. Lectures and informative talks about the history of the Communist Party and the life of state leaders were organized for school students.
Modernization of non-formal education system
In the sister city of Yerevan, a meeting was held between the Deputy Mayor and the President of the European Association of Non-Formal Education Institutions, Mr. Valdas Yankauskas. During the meeting, the proposed reforms, opportunities for attracting students to municipal youth creativity centers were discussed. The international experience of improving the effectiveness of extracurricular education was presented. The parties reached an agreement on the continuation of joint activities.
Eight attractions of the sister city of Changzhou were included in the List of 100 memorable places associated with the history of the Communist Party, the life of communist leaders and the revolutionary past. The list of historical attractions of «red tourism» was prepared by the People's government of Jiangsu Province as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China in 2021.
Awards for sports achievements
On June 16th this year, the athletes were awarded for winning in the national championships in various sports as part of the implementation of the «Civic Impulse» program of the Pazardzhik City Hall. The event was attended by the Mayor of the sister city of Pazardzhik and Olympic medalist Renata Kamburova. For outstanding achievements in sports, 12 athletes of the sister city were awarded certificates of honor and money reward.
In the next decade, increasing the tourist attractiveness of the region is one of the most important areas of the development strategy of the sister city of Beziers. The reconstruction of the port of Valares is completed at the moment. To facilitate the maneuvering of ships, the bottom of the inner harbor has been deepened, the surface of the embankments and piers has been completely updated, the parking space has been reconstructed and the surrounding area has been equipped.
Cultural and entertainment events
During July, a number of outdoor cultural and entertainment events will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. In the city center, concerts of live music and original songs will be organized, as well as the work of fast food enterprises. The events are planned to attract residents and guests of the sister city to visit the sights and to create opportunities for comfortable communication.
The creative works of the artists of the sister city of Zhenjiang were presented at the Handicrafts exhibition, which was held at the Suzhou Art Museum, Jiangsu Province. The exhibition was attended by more than 100 artists. The authors’ works represent the traditional creativity and folk crafts of the residents of the Yangtze River Delta.
Upgrading project of the forest park zone
The Mayor's Office of the sister city of Yerevan has been implementing the large-scale greening project of the the western part of the Tsitsernakaberd Sports and Concert Complex. Currently, the forest park area is being rebuilt, a new irrigation system has been carried out, and the landscape design of the territory with multi-level landscaping is being developed. It is assumed that the green area will improve the climatic conditions of this part of the capital.
Popular tourist destinations
The 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China will be held in 2021. In this regard, the most popular tourist destination was visiting memorable places related to the history of the Communist Party and the state leaders lives. During the National Dragon Boat Festival, which held from 12th to 14th June, more than 75,500 excursion tours were organized in the sister city of Changzhou, which was 12% more than last year. Residents and guests of the sister city visited architectural monuments, historical and cultural attractions.
11.06.2021 National Judo Championship
From June 05th to 06th, the National Judo Championship was held in Panagyurishte, the town in Pazardzhik Province. More than 600 athletes of the Republic of Bulgaria took part in the sports competitions. Members of the Kodokan club of the sister city of Pazardzhik have gained of 4 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze medals.
11.06.2021 Music project
The short feature film was made as part of the joint project of musicians, producers, artists, choreographers and professional dancers for drawing the attention to the preservation of historical heritage in the sister city of Beziers. The music film contains creative performances in various dance styles in front of sights and architectural monuments.
11.06.2021 Creative action
From June 19th to 27th this year, the interesting creative event will be organized in the framework of the Des Moines Art Festival. Birds ceramic figurines will be daily placed near the city attractions - the total number is 90 original works by local artists. Participants of the action are invited to discover hidden figurines and post photos with souvenirs on social networks. The initiative is aimed at attracting residents and visitors of the sister city to visit shopping centers and public catering places in the city center.
11.06.2021 Annual entrance exams to universities
Since June 07th, more than twelve thousand students of the sister city of Zhenjiang have taken part in the annual national entrance exams to universities within three days. This year, special attention was paid to ensuring comfortable conditions for examinees, especially for people with disabilities, as well as compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
11.06.2021 Modernization of lighting systems
In the sister city of Yerevan, work continues on the further improvement of the capital. At the initiative of the Mayor's office, the repair and modernization of lighting systems in the transport tunnels of the city is being carried out. For safety reasons, electrical cables are replaced. Installed LED lamps provide not only better visibility, but also more than 60% energy savings.
11.06.2021 Industrial internet development
On June 03rd, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cloud Computing Center «China Mobile» was held in Changzhou Economic Development Zone for further development of the industrial Internet. The event was attended by the leaders of the municipal people's government of the sister city. The center will be responsible for processing Internet data in the Yangtze River Delta region. The project is implemented within the framework of the national plan for the maximum reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
City mini-football championship
The final of the City Football League was held in Pazardzhik on June 03 of this year. The championship, organized with the assistance of the Mayor's Office of the sister city and the Bulgarian Association for Mini-football, was attended by 9 teams, the winner's cup was won by the football team "Forest". The award was presented by the Olympic medalist, the chair of the Youth Sports Club of the city of Pazardzhik Reneta Kamberova.
On June 4th, archaeological research continues in the sister city of Beziers, which is one of the oldest cities in France. Currently, scientists are excavating the structure of the mid-XII-early XIII century, presumably the cathedral. The data will contribute to the restoration of the history of the founding of settlements in this area.
Starting on June 15th, a series of forums dedicated to further urban development will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. Within the frame of the session, it is planned to discuss issues of public-private partnership, design and management of public spaces, as well as strategies for further development of territories.
Technical specialists' training
From May 29th to 30th, a forum dedicated to the development of cooperation between local authorities, educational institutions and enterprises was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The Forum was attended by the heads of more than 100 colleges and universities, as well as representatives of recruitment and employment departments from 27 provinces and municipalities of China. During the meetings, the prospects for cooperation and issues of training highly qualified technical specialists were discussed.
Development of urban development projects
On June 1st, the meeting of students of Yerevan schools with representatives of local authorities was held at the Yerevan City Hall within the framework of the International Children's Day. During the meeting, held under the motto «Community for Children», students' projects dedicated to the development of Yerevan, the protection of children's rights, and the formation of a comfortable environment were presented. The most interesting proposals will be included in the urban development programs in the future.
New pontoon open
On May, the new pontoon was put into operation in the sister city of Changzhou on the Yangtze River. The length of the floating vehicle is 68 meters, width-12 meters, displacement-685 tons. The pontoon will be used for various volunteer activities, including the prevention of environmental pollution by ships and the organization of rescue operations on the water.
Anniversary Festival of majorette sports
The 10th Anniversary Festival of Majorette Sports will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik on May 28-29. The event is organized by the Mayor's Office of the Pazardzhik and the Children's Complex of the sister city. Teams fr om seven Bulgarian cities will take part in the festival. The competitions will be held in four age categories. The winners will be awarded with special prizes.
Adaption of buses on environmentally friendly fuel
In the sister city of Beziers, the public transport on natural gas has been increased, currently 39 buses operate in the city. In the summer, it is also planned to use the first experimental hydrogen-powered bus. The use of liquefied gas as a fuel has a positive impact on the environment and human health, which is important for cities wh ere road transport is one of the main sources of pollution.
Work of children's organizations
In early June this year, a "round table" will be held in the sister city of Des Moines for institutions and organizations working with children. Within the framework of the meeting, an exchange of experience in solving topical issues will take place, as well as a discussion of the practices of interaction with children. It is planned to consider the possibility of creating an association that will unite the sister city children's organizations.
Restoration of the biological diversity of birds
On the eve of World Biodiversity Day, the Chishan Lake National Wetland Park of the sister city of Zhenjiang has published data on wintering birds. This year, 163 species were registered in the protected area, which is 13 more than in the previous year. The work to restore biological diversity has been carried out for many years. The park is an important wintering and stopping place for bird migration.
Modernization of the underground parking on the Azatutyan Square
In the sister city of Yerevan the underground parking on the Azatutyan Square has been modernized and equipped with automatic control and video systems. On three floors of the parking, there are 6 terminals for various payments. All operations are automated. There are also charging stations for electric vehicles, which will provide an opportunity to charge vehicles for free while parking.
Population of Changzhou
On May 20, the Changzhou Bureau of Statistics published the results of the 7th National Population Census. According to the census, the number of permanent residents of Changzhou is 5.278 million. The growth rate and population increase rank 4th in Jiangsu Province. The information contains data on the gender, age, level of education and residential areas of the population. Accurate and detailed data contribute to the economic and social development plans.
Day of the city of Pazardzhik
Festive events dedicated to the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavic Writing and Culture were held on May 21, 2021. Guests and residents of the city took part in the official opening ceremony of the celebrations, the raising of the national flag on the Central Square named after Konstantin Velichkov. A solemn service was held in the Saints Constantine and Elena church. Festive concert programs are organized.
Issue of a book about the city of Beziers
A new book about the history and archaeological research of the origins founding has been published in the sister city of Beziers. The scientific publication presents information materials about the first Greek settlements in this area around 625 BC, the occupation of the settlers, connections with the rest of the Mediterranean coast, comprehensive studies of the area, and the archaeological heritage.
In the sister city of Des Moines, training programs are organized from May 20 to 25 to support talented young people. Representatives of local authorities, employers and members of non-profit organizations will discuss opportunities for professional development of young people, readiness for work in the XXI century. There will be a panel discussion on the organization of education in the summer period, the quality of students ' knowledge improvement.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle
Every year, on May 19, the sister city of Zhenjiang hosts a series of events dedicated to the national day of popularization of Chinese Tai Chi gymnastics. This year, physical exercise classes for the elderly were organized in the city sports and recreation park, they were attended by more than 300 people.
Implementation of the waste management program
Within the framework of the program "Cooperation of the capitals - Yerevan, Warsaw, Tirana around common challenges of hazardous waste management", eco-clubs have been created in the schools of the sister city of Yerevan with the use of grants. The main goal of the initiative is to promote mutual learning and improve the quality of urban hazardous waste management.
The Academic Forum -2021, dedicated to intelligent service technologies, was held at the Jiangsu University of Technology in the sister city of Changzhou on May 07. During the event, it was decided to hold more than 100 symposia on scientific and technical research programs. It is expected that about 30,000 employees of universities, institutes, associations and enterprises involved in the further development of the city of Changzhou will participate in the events.
Events dedicated to the Victory Day
On May 05, this year, events dedicated to the celebration of Victory Day were held in Pazardzhik, and flowers were laid at the Mass Grave of soviet soldiers. The event was attended by representatives of "Rossotrudnichestvo" in Bulgaria, the movement "Russophiles" and the Club "Compatriots" of the sister city.
Development of winemaking in Beziers
The sister city of Beziers is known for its vineyards and wine production. At the IGP national competition, several drinks from the Serignan wine cellars were awarded 4 gold and 4 silver medals, which confirmed their excellent quality. The jury noted the many years of hard work of the winemakers, the excellent taste of the wines presented.
Internship programs for students
In June – July of this year, the sister city of Des Moines is expected to resume internships for students and graduates of colleges. Within the framework of the program, meetings with representatives of various fields of activity, leading businessmen will be organized, as well as information about professional opportunities in the region will be provided. Students who take part in three or more events will receive certificates of training.
A new tour opening
On April 24, the official opening ceremony of the cultural and historical tourist route "Grand Canal of China" was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The car tour starts in the Yangtze River Delta from the historic Marco Polo Street and continues along the Grand Canal. More than 1,000 tourists from Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai and other provinces and cities of China took part in the event.
Honorary Citizen of Yerevan award
The Council of Elders of the sister city of Yerevan decided to award the title of "Honorary Citizen of Yerevan" and a commemorative medal to the holder of the title "Honorary Mountaineer-Rescuer" of the Armenian SSR, Professor of the State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports of Armenia Aghvan Chatinyan. The Mayor of the sister city of Yerevan noted the long-term teaching and coaching activities of the legendary Armenian mountaineer, a significant contribution to the development of sports.
Festival of National costumes
In the Jinyuan Garden of the sister city of Changzhou, the Shanxi Festival was held, organized by the Hanfu Cultural Society of the Changzhou Folk Literature and Art Association. The main goal of the festival is to draw attention to the preservation of cultural heritage, traditions and traditional clothing. On this day, processions of Chinese youth representatives in national Chinese costumes are organized annually.
The opening of the central park
The official opening of the restored central park of the city of Pazardzhik took place on April 29, 2021. The mayor of the sister city took part in the ceremony. New recreation areas, adapted for people with disabilities have been created in the park. Much attention is paid to landscaping and floral decoration of the recreational space.
The further improvement of the city of Beziers
Work for further improvement is underway in the sister city of Beziers. In the period from May to September 2021 it is planned to restore the David d'Ange square, which will be transformed into an inclusive public space - an accessible environment for people with disabilities. It is supposed to use natural stone and limestone for finishing. A hexagonal fountain in the Provencal style will be the decoration of the square.
The opening of the Farmers' Market
The next season of the annual Farmers' Market will open in the sister city of Des Moines on May 01, 2021. During the work of the pavilions, the observance of sanitary and epidemiological requirements will be ensured. The range of food products and seedlings will include 100-150 items. Given the restrictions associated with the pandemic, local artisans will not be on the market this year, and no entertainment is expected.
The construction of new residential areas
Work on the reconstruction and modernization of residential areas continues in the sister city of Zhenjiang. In July 2021, it is planned to complete the construction of a new microdistrict with a total area of more than 273 thousand square meters. Currently, about 2,000 multi-storey buildings have been erected, into which residents of the demolished houses will be relocated in the first half of next year.
The reconstruction of municipal kindergartens
Construction and repair work in kindergartens continues in the sister city of Yerevan. In municipal institutions, roofs, sewerage systems, internal communications were repaired, windows and doors were replaced, premises and sports halls were equipped. Work to improve seismic resistance and thermal insulation has been carried out. It is also planned to expand the territory of some kindergartens.
The participation in the Gardening Exhibition
The official opening of 11th Jiangsu Horticultural Exhibition, dedicated to ecological greening and multicultural integration took place in the city of Nanjing
on April 16, 2021. The exhibition garden of the sister city of Changzhou covers an area of about 5400 square meter and presents a reproduction of the Yiyuan Garden, the former residence of the famous scholar from Changzhou. The exhibition also showcases Changzhou innovative achievements and best practices in creating a national ecological garden city. The exhibition will run until May 16, 2021.
An environmental campaign
An environmental campaign "Clean, green and flourishing city" took place in the city of Pazardzhik on April 17, 2021. The event was organized by the Municipality of Pazardzhik Community. In the course of the action, for the purpose of further improvement, the residents of the sister city were provided with seedlings of flowers and trees in exchange for waste paper, plastic and glass products.
An additional educational courses
Due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, educational institutions in the city of Beziers made a transition to online education in 2020, which affected the academic performance of schoolchildren. In order to improve the quality of education an additional educational courses in selected subjects will be organized for students of elementary grades of public schools in the sister city from September 2021.
The training seminars
The roundtables on promoting diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace will be organized for leaders of companies and institutions in sister city Des Moines. During the meetings, it is expected to consider issues of creating an inclusive environment for various representatives of the community, the best practices of developing corporate culture and professional life will be presented.
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. In this regard, events dedicated to the historical past and present of the PRC are held throughout the country. For the purpose of patriotic education of students' representatives in the sister city of Zhenjiang, meetings with representatives of the city leadership were organized, lectures on the history of the party were held.
On further improvement of the city
The work on further improvement and sanitary cleaning of the territories continues in the sister city of Yerevan. With the onset of spring, litter picks, in which both representatives of the city administration and residents of the capital of Armenia take part, were organized. The collected waste, paper, plastic and glass is sorted and transferred to specialized factories for further processing.
The Chinese Tea Festival
The opening of the Chinese Tea Festival took place in the Liyang county of the sister city of Changzhou on April 10, 2021. This year the Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. During the month, a number of events aimed at the development of tourism, organic agriculture and the tea industry in the area will be organized. Much attention is paid to the preservation of cultural traditions and customs. Given the constraints associated with the pandemic, many events will take place online.
First place in the Bulgarian Volleyball Super League
On April 15 of this year, the volleyball team "Khebr" of the sister city of Pazardzhik became the champion of Bulgaria, winning the first place in the men's Super League. The final sports competitions were held in the city of Burgas (Republic of Bulgaria). Last time the volleyball team of the city of Pazardzhik became the champion of Bulgaria in 1947.
Social support of student youth
With the support of the Mayor, a social action is being implemented in the sister city of Beziers to financially support students of public and private educational institutions during the pandemic. Representatives of young people aged 18 to 26 years are provided with financial assistance in the amount of 1,000 Euros if they participate in the volunteer work of one of the charitable organizations. The funds can be used to pay for education, accommodation or personal needs.
Career guidance for high school students
The Career Exploration Day was organized on April 09, 2021, for students and high school pupils in the sister city of Des Moines. It was the online event. Meetings with representatives of various industries and agriculture, video tours of companies, and interactive internships were organized for the participants. The main goal is to support talented young people, provide information about popular professions.
Development of eco-tourism
In the sister city of Zhenjiang, special importance is attached to the further development of natural and ecological tourism. In this regard in the early spring active work is being organized on greening urban areas, restoring forests. The bright design of flowered beds, the flowering of trees and green plants in the parks attract many tourists and lovers of photos against the background of natural attractions.
International Theater Day
On the occasion of the International Theater Day an official reception of outstanding theater figures was organized in the Mayor's office of the sister city of Yerevan, during which the prospects for the development and modernization of municipal theaters were discussed, gratitude for the traditions preservation was expressed. The artists were also awarded with a gold medal and honorary certificates of the Mayor of Yerevan for the high acting skills and contribution to the development of theater art.
Implementation of major innovative projects
On April 09 of this year, the official ceremony of laying the foundation of 20 large objects of high-tech industrial production took place in the sister city of Changzhou. It is expected that within five years, about 60 projects will be implemented with a total investment of more than 56 billion Yuan. The main focus is on the introduction of the latest technologies in the manufacturing and transport industries, agriculture and urban infrastructure.
In the period from 16 to 18 April this year, the National Cross-Country Rally Championship will be held near the sister city of Pazardzhik. More than 60 crews from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Romania, and Kazakhstan will take part in the race. Car endurance competitions are held on more than 300 km rough way.
In the period from March 16 to April 15 this year, an exhibition of photography dedicated to the Occitan Carnival is organized in the city of Beziers. The exhibition presents the creative works of the photographer Gerard Sendr. He tried to show joyful and lively emotions, the festive atmosphere of carnival processions. The organizers suppose that the exhibition will support the residents of the sister city during restrictions of the pandemic.
Holding Des Moines Corporate Games
In the sister city of Des Moines, preparations for the next Corporate Games have been announced in 2021. The competitions will be organized in several sports disciplines. For the results summing, which will take place during the Iowa State Fair, the participation of companies and organizations in the volunteer movement is also taken into account.
The Festival of Pure Light, which is celebrated annually in China on April 04, is associated with the clear and bright days. Residents of the sister city of Zhenjiang at this time traditionally put in order the burials of their families and national heroes. Outdoor trips and visits to the families are organized at this period.
Implementation of energy-saving technologies
A program to install solar panels on the roofs of apartment buildings continues in the sister city of Yerevan. The use of energy-saving technologies is aimed at saving electricity consumption in public areas. Entrances and stairwells of buildings will also be equipped with a new generation of LED lamps with light, sound and motion sensors. The work is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2021.
Development of railway freight traffic
On March 19 of this year, the official opening ceremony of freight trains on the China-Europe route was held in the sister city of Changzhou. According to the schedule, freight trains will arrive in Moscow (Russia) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The development of railway communication plays an important role in the creation of an international land transport and logistics infrastructure for the Silk Road economic belt.