In the period from 05 to 18 March this year, an exhibition of creative works by artists dedicated to the peculiarities of visual perception will be held in the city of Beziers. The exposition was prepared by the Association of Folk Art of the sister city, which has been organizing master classes, thematic seminars, training courses and other introductory events on various types of art for more than 60 years.
The sister city of Des Moines will host a series of webinars dedicated to advanced methods of interaction with staff, attracting talented young people to work. As part of the training, special attention will be paid to internship programs for school graduates and young professionals. Thematic reports will be delivered by experts and representatives of the business community.
For more than three years, a residential improvement program has been implemented in the twin city of Zhenjiang. In 2022, it is planned to renovate 74 blocks with a total area of about 950,000 sq.m. Construction work is scheduled to begin in March this year
Further improvement of the city of Yerevan
A program to install solar panels on the roofs of apartment buildings is being implemented in the sister city of Yerevan. The equipment is installed on more than 90 buildings. Work on the installation and connection to the network of photovoltaic stations continues. The use of environmental technologies is aimed at saving electricity consumption.
Мeasures to counter the spread of COVID-19
In order to counteract the spread of a new coronavirus infection in the sister city of Changzhou, a fast navigation system based on the My Changzhou application has been developed, which allows you to identify the most closely located COVID-19 testing laboratories. The city service provides full information about more than 100 organizations that carry out testing.
On February 19, 2022, commemorative events dedicated to Vasil Levski, one of the famous fighters for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke, will take place in the city of Pazardzhik. In the sister city, flowers were laid at the monument of the national hero, a solemn memorial service was organized.
Further development of Beziers
The sister city of Beziers has been actively participating for several years in a national program aimed at stimulating business development in the historical center of the city. The project includes the reconstruction of retail facilities and the reconstruction of commercial real estate in accordance with modern requirements, as well as the provision of premises for rent.
The Book festival will be held in the sister city of Des Moines in March. Within the event, meetings will be organized with Iowa well-known writers and aspiring authors who will present their work experience. Discussion will also be organized for the long-awaited books of 2022.
On February 14 , the official signing ceremony of the most significant investment projects "New Wave", which will be realized in 2022, took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang. During the videoconference 24 projects were concluded in the areas of industry and services. The total investment is 21.1 billions of Yuan.
Further development of Yerevan
In the sister city of Yerevan, further improvement has been developed. Considerable attention is paid to providing outdoor lighting to the city, about 17,000 energy-saving lamps are installed on the streets and yards.
Economic development of Changzhou
On February 15 , the leadership of the sister city of Changzhou met with a delegation of the branch of the Development Bank of China in Jiangsu Province. During the event, the significant financial support of the bank in the implementation of major urban projects in the field of transport infrastructure, environmental protection of the Yangtze River, intellectual production and urbanization of a new type was noted. There was also a discussion of further prospects for urban development.
The 47th traditional festival «Winter Musical Evenings named after Professor Ivan Spasov» was opened in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The organizers of the event are the Mayor's Office of the Pazardzhik, representatives of the business community of the sister city. In 2022, the festival was organized for the first time with the financial support of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. The Deputy Minister of Culture of Bulgaria and Mayor of Pazardzhik made a welcoming speech at the opening of the festival and noted that this classical music festival was the one with such a long and continuous history. The thematic exhibition “Classical Music and Pazardzhik” is also presented within the framework of the event.
Festival of Japanese culture
From February 19 to March 05 this year, the Festival of Japanese culture will be held in the city of Beziers. The libraries and medialibraries of the sister city will provide seminars, master classes, exhibitions and presentations dedicated to national traditions, art and culture of Japan, which are gaining increasing popularity among French youth.
In February of this year, training seminars for leaders and managers of enterprises and organizations will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. The events will feature practical tools and resources that contribute to the development of an inclusive corporate culture. Seminars are organized online.
Participation in the Olympiad organization
On February 04 of this year, the opening of the Winter Olympic Games took place in Beijing. The sister city of Zhenjiang took an active part in the organization of sports events. The enterprises of the city produced specialized equipment for Olympic facilities. Hats and gloves for athletes and guests of the Olympics are also made at the city’s factories for the production of knitwear. All products are eco-friendly and manufactured using advanced technologies.
Development of the city of Yerevan
The Mayor's Office of the sister city of Yerevan pays special attention to the further improvement of the capital of the Republic of Armenia. The transport reform is being implemented, new buses have been purchased. It is also planned to purchase new trolleybuses and modernize public transport stops. It was also decided to increase the number of employees engaged in sanitary cleaning of streets.
Development of the tourism industry
During the National Spring Festival, the sister city of Changzhou was visited by more than 2.6 million tourists. As part of the excursion programs, tourists got acquainted with the sights, national customs, traditions and crafts. Exhibitions and presentations were also organized; performances and entertainment shows were held. The most popular among tourists were the interactive Dinosaur Park, the natural complex of Yancheng district, the Tanmu Lake resort.
Solemn events dedicated to the 174th anniversary of the birth of Hristo Botev, a famous Bulgarian poet and active participant in the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke, took place in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The ceremony of laying flowers at the monument of the national hero was attended by the Mayor of Pazardzhik, the Governor of the Pazardzhik region, deputies, members of the public, residents and other guests of the sister city. An online contest of children's drawings dedicated to Hristo Botev has also been organized.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and because of a sharp increase in the required quantity of tests, two new screening centers have been opened in the sister city of Beziers since January 13, 2022. PCR testing and antigen tests for a new coronavirus infection will be carried out in the laboratories.
Small business support
In order to further support small business representatives in the sister city of Des Moines, Top Five for Small Business Series online training has been developed. Representatives of the expert community in various fields will present reports on specific topics based on five key areas of solving issues. The program is implemented from January to October 2022.
Exhibition of Modern Calligraphy
On January 06 of this year, the opening of the Exhibition of Modern Calligraphy took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The exhibition presents 184 works, including 82 works from China, 55 works from Japan and 47 works from South Korea. Currently, the city of Zhenjiang claims the honorary title of "Cultural Capital of East Asia" and actively cooperates with the cities of the region through the organization of various cultural events.
Development of tourism
A new digital project - a tourist platform is being implemented in the sister city of Yerevan. The website presents the most significant information about the history of the city, sights, and geographical maps in three languages. There are also announcements of tours, excursions, interesting events, which will contribute to the development of tourism and expand its geography.
Development of intellectual tourism
By the end of 2021, the Dinosaur Theme Park and the Tianmu Lake area of the sister city of Changzhou were included in the List of the most picturesque places in Jiangsu Province that successfully implement innovative technologies. Since 2006, a number of intellectual tourism programs, other services and systems have been implemented there.
Participation in the national fencing tournament
Representatives of the Pentathlon sports club of the sister city of Pazardzhik successfully performed at the national fencing tournament. One of the best results was shown by the women's team, which won two silver medals, the representatives of the men’s team were among the 8 best athletes in the country. Sports competitions were held on December 18-19 in Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria).
It is planned to create an international thematic complex of the media industry in the sister city of Beziers by 2025. A film studio, entertainment centers, as well as shops, hotels, restaurants will be located on the territory of more than 80 hectares. This complex will specialize in interactive games and virtual reality.
On December 16 this year, the winners of the 2021 Economic Impact Award were announced in the sister city of Des Moines. Such achievements of companies as job creation, capital investment and facility expansion were considered. The award was first presented to companies that had made a significant contribution to the economic development of the city of Des Moines in 1982.
Ten winners of the contest to determine the best souvenir products have been announced in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The presented products have a symbolic meaning. Souvenir products will be used for international exchanges in order to further develop friendly relations with foreign countries.
Implementation of the environmental project
The project has been implemented in the sister city of Yerevan, aimed at raising awareness of children about waste recycling. Within the framework of the project, training courses were organized in Yerevan schools, thematic manuals were developed, and containers for sorting paper and plastic were installed. The educational institutions taken the most active part in the project were awarded special prizes for the important social and environmental work.
Development of water management
Since the beginning of 2021, the city of Changzhou has been implementing innovative approaches in urban water management. In December of this year, seven city water objects were included in the list of specially protected areas of Jiangsu Province. Identification and protection of water heritage sites contributes to the further implementation of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Belt and the Grand Canal Cultural Belt.
Victory in the Bulgarian Badminton Championship
The women's team of the Badminton-Skoush Club sports club of the sister city of Pazardzhik became the winner of the Bulgarian Badminton Championship among people under 19. Twelve teams took part in the final of the national competition. The championship was held on December 4-5 in the city of Oryakhovo (Republic of Bulgaria).
Further urban improvement
In December of this year, the implementation of the second stage of the construction program for the energy efficiency of residential buildings was completed in the sister city of Pazardzhik. Repair work has been carried out at more than 20 houses.
Bird biodiversity conservation
In order to preserve the number of birds living in the region, the Bird Protection League works in the sister city of Beziers. With the support of the Mayor's Office, the organization conducts numerous awareness-raising activities, provides advisory assistance to enterprises and farms on biodiversity issues and treats affected birds.
Strategic priorities of urban development
The sister city of Des Moines presents strategic priorities for long-range urban development. In 2022, it is planned to pay special attention to business support, the large-scale investment program aimed at improving and creating a comfortable urban environment, as well as the airport modernization in order to further develop international business and commercial trips. One of the priority areas is also solving problems in the social and housing spheres.
Development of cooperation with leading Chinese specialists
On December 13 of this year, the leadership of the sister city of Zhenjiang took part in the Online Conference of Jiangsu Province and the 13th Zhenjiang Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for leading specialists of Chinese origin living abroad. More than 100 participants from 15 countries discussed the possibilities of further cooperation. Agreements on cooperation in the field of new energy, research in the field of medicine and big data were signed.
Preparation for the winter period
To prepare for the winter period, new multifunctional snow-cleaning vehicles have been purchased in the sister city of Yerevan. In total, more than 60 equipment items will provide snow removal on the streets of the Armenian capital. It is planned to create operational offices in the administrative districts of the city to monitor the work, record appeals and prompt response.
Development of the auto industry
A new enterprise for the development and production of air conditioning systems, as well as high-quality electronic control systems for cars was opened in the National High-Tech Industrial Wujing Zone of the sister city of Changzhou. It is assumed that the latest equipment will be used in the production of vehicles of the largest automakers in the world.
Effective activity of the museum
On November 30 of this year, a general meeting of the members of the Association of Bulgarian Museums was held in Sofia. For the fourth time, the director of the Regional Historical Museum of the sister of Pazardzhik was elected chairman of the association, which is a recognition of achievements and a well-deserved assessment of the effective cultural and educational activities of the institution. About 130 museums and art galleries of the Republic of Bulgaria are members of the Association of Bulgarian Museums.
On the eve of the New Year holidays, an annual charity event for people in difficult life situations has been announced in the sister city of Beziers. Those who wish can prepare New Year's gifts and create a festive atmosphere for people in need. More than 30 locations to collect basic necessities, food, leisure supplies, etc. have been organized in the city. Last year, the residents of the sister city prepared about 6,000 gifts.
Economic Development Forum
Public Policy Issue Forum on the topic of Inclusive Economic Development will be held via videoconference in the sister city of Des Moines on December 14 this year. Within the framework of the panel sessions, it is planned to discuss strategies for the sustainable economy, ensuring a fair distribution, as well as creating equal opportunities for all. The event will be attended by representatives of expert and public organizations.
Measures to protect endangered species of animals
In the sister city of Zhenjiang December of this year has been declared the month of protection of water animals in the Yangtze River. A number of educational events will be held in the city, the Fund for the Protection of Endangered Animals has been organized. A Declaration on the Protection of Rare Animals and the Ecosystem of the Yangtze River has been published.
Implementation of the "Yerevan Buses Program
As part of the further implementation of the "Yerevan Buses Program", a number of agreements were signed in the sister city of Yerevan at the end of November this year, involving the purchase of 100 new buses. The vehicles will be used to expand the autopark of the Armenian capital. New 12-meter buses with low seating will run on natural gas.
Development of innovative production
The Changzhou Municipal People's Government pays special importance to the organization of research activities and the development of innovative production in the field of biomedicine, the creation of modern materials, new energy sources and many other areas. During 2021, more than 2.5 thousand high-tech products were registered in the sister city, which is 10.3% more than in the previous year.
On November 27, a Christmas fair dedicated to the New Year holidays will be held in the city of Beziers. Visitors will be able to purchase seasonal products. A diverse entertainment program, a light and music show, a petting zoo for children will be organized. An ice rink will also work for residents and guests of the sister city.
Annual competition for enterprises
The city of Des Moines has organized an annual competition "Best of the West Awards", aimed at creating comfortable conditions for the life and activities of citizens. Residents of the sister city are invited to vote for the most visited places of recreation, retail stores, catering outlets, etc. The winners will be determined in 50 nominations. The awarding of the most successful enterprises will take place at the beginning of December this year.
Zhenjiang socio-economic development
On November 24, an information on the socio-economic development of the city of Zhenjiang was presented at the XIII Congress of the Communist Party of China of Jiangsu Province in Nanjing. The high results achieved in creating comfortable conditions for living, business and further development of the tourism industry were noted.
International forum on ecology
An international forum dedicated to the creation of cleaner and greener cities was held in the sister city of Yerevan. During the thematic sessions, the possibilities of implementing programs for the management of urban and hazardous household waste, pollution prevention were considered. Special attention is paid to the grants to educational institutions and youth creativity centers for the creation of eco-clubs and the promotion of environmental ideas.
Development of e-commerce
Four enterprises of the sister city of Changzhou are included in the list of Jiangsu Province organizations that most successfully carry out business processes, financial and trade transactions using e-networks. In recent years, the city of Changzhou has paid special attention to the digital transformation of such sectors of the economy as manufacturing, agriculture and trade. In order to ensure high-quality development and achieve economic stability, it is also planned to develop innovative business models in the future.
New Year events
In the sister city of Pazardzhik a competition for children's letters dedicated to Christmas and New Year will be held from November 18 to December 17 this year. A variety of creative works in the original design are accepted to participate in the competition: drawings, poems, etc. Participants who submitted the most beautiful letters will receive New Year's gifts.
Festive decoration of the city
In the sister city of Beziers, on the eve of Christmas and New Year, special attention is paid to the festive decoration of squares and streets. In the center of the city there are winter art objects: 550 glowing fir trees, giant crystals and balls, as well as the figure of a huge polar bear. It is assumed that the bright decoration will create a festive atmosphere and will be an ideal place for New Year's photos.
Winter Farmers' Market
The opening of the Winter Farmers' Market will take place on November 20 in the sister city of Des Moinest. Food products from more than 70 local agricultural producers will be presented there. Buyers will also be able to purchase New Year's gifts and holiday decorations. Performances by musicians and various master classes will be organized for visitors.
Measures to prevent the spread of COVID
A meeting on the spread of coronavirus infection issues was held at the Mayor's office of the sister city of Zhenjiang on November 16 this year. With the winter period, special attention is expected to be paid to preventive measures. Work is promoted to increase the testing capabilities of a significant coverage of the population, to continue vaccination. Currently, vaccination is available for citizens and children from the age of three.
Further development of the city
In the sister city of Yerevan, active work is underway to create a comfortable urban environment. Comprehensive landscaping of the Koltsevoy Park has been carried out. The work was organized in several directions: landscaping the territory, installing new lighting and irrigation systems, cleaning the Getar River bed. Bicycle paths have been allocated in the park, new benches have been installed. As part of the program, the first city skate park was built that meets international standards.
Measures to prevent the spread of COVID
In the sister city of Changzhou, at one of the city hospitals, the first mobile automated laboratory for testing nucleic acids was created. The laboratory consists of three separate units for the preparation of reagents, processing and analysis of samples, which meets the requirements of the second level of biological safety. Using high-tech equipment, from 4,000 to 5,000 samples for coronavirus infection are tested daily 24/7.
Traditional sports event
As part of promoting a healthy lifestyle among school students, on November 03, the traditional athletics cross "Golden Autumn", organized with the support of the Mayor's office of the sister city, was organized in the Freedom Island park of Pazardzhik. The sports event was attended by teams of educational institutions of the city. The winners were awarded with memorable prizes.
In order to further develop the tourist potential on November 05-06 the Second City Festival was held in the sister city of Beziers.
Within the framework of the event, presentations of various drinks, master classes of local producers, food outlets with national cuisine were organized. The festival was accompanied by performances by musicians of the sister city.
Annual award for the development of inclusivity
On November 10 the results of the Ninth Annual Inclusion Award among organizations engaged in the development of an inclusive corporate culture were summed up in Des Moines. In 2021, four sister city enterprises actively implementing programs and projects aimed at ensuring social justice and equality in the workplace were declared winners.
On November 10 the official reception of athletes with disabilities who have achieved significant sporting results took place at the City Hall of Zhenjiang. At the Tokyo Paralympic Games, three representatives of the sister city won four gold medals, setting two world records; five athletes won four gold and two silver medals in table tennis, javelin, discus and weightlifting at the recently concluded National Paralympic Games. Zhenjiang ranks еру first among the cities of Jiangsu Province, in the number of gold medals of athletes with disabilities.
Russian-language version of the tourist guide
A Russian-language version of the Yerevan in your pocket tourist booklet has been published in the sister city of Yerevan. The guide contains information about historical monuments of the capital of Armenia, museums, theaters, embassies and consulates, hotels, entertainment centers and other places of tourist interest. Special attention is paid to the national peculiarities and cultural traditions of the country.
Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
In the educational institutions of the sister city of Changzhou classes have resumed since November 10 of this year, New protocols have been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. Systematic disinfection of premises is carried out, work is being organized to ensure the correct wearing of masks, temperature measurement, periodical start of classes and meals. It is planned to conduct COVID-19 tests for 10% of teachers and students of each school during the first week of training,
Celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian Community
On October 12 of this year, residents of the sister city of Pazardzhik celebrated the Day of the Bulgarian Community – the national holiday of the Republic of Bulgaria. As part of the celebration, a solemn meeting of the City Duma was held. The Mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov, the Governor of the Pazardzhik region, as well as representatives of political parties made a welcoming speech.
Women's football development
The women's football club of the sister city of Beziers has been awarded one of the prestigious sports awards as the club with the most complete representation. Currently, the club has sections for young athletes from six years old, youth and adult players. The club consists of 110 professional athletes. The club's management noted that in order to achieve high results, constant sport promotion and selection of sports-gifted children in schools and colleges are carried out, Open Days are organized.
Winter farm market
On November 20th and December 04th this year, an annual open-air winter farm market will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. At the fair, buyers will be able to purchase seasonal products from local manufacturers. Fruits, vegetables, meat products, dairy products, various honey, jams and sauces will be presented in a large assortment. On the eve of the holidays, the products of local artists and artisans are especially popular.
On October 14th this year, a number of events were held in the sister city of Zhenjiang, organized as part of the national holiday symbolizing respect for the people of the older generation - the Double Ninth Festival. The holiday has a thousand-year history, special importance is attached to the observance of cultural traditions and customs. On this day, gifts are presented to the elderly, traditional national dishes are prepared.
International chess competition opening in Yerevan
A ceremonial opening of the International chess tournament «Yerevan Open», one of the largest competitions in the Republic of Armenia, took place in the sister city of Yerevan. The organizer was the Yerevan Chess Federation in cooperation with the Mayor's office of the city of Yerevan. More than 300 chess players from 14 countries of the world with a FIDE rating take part in the tournament. There are grandmasters and international masters.
5G expansion in the sister city of Changzhou
To create a sound telecom infrastructure more than 10,000 5G base stations has rolled out in the sister city of Changzhou. New generation communication services are available in urban areas, major townships, key scenic spots, as well as in the most industrial parks and leading enterprises. As a result of the rapid growth to the 5G transition, the number of users reached about 1,200 million people in six months, which is 6.4 percent higher compared to last year. The process of 5G integration has also rolled out in various industries of manufacturing, agriculture, as well as healthcare.
Exhibition of graphic works
On October 01 of this year, the Fourth Graphic Exhibition named after Georgy Gerasimov, a famous artist and a native of the city of Pazardzhik, was opened in the Stanislav Dospevski Art Gallery of the sister city of Pazardzhik. The exhibition presents more than 150 creative works by 69 artists. At the end of the exhibition, the best paintings will be awarded. The event was organized with the financial support of the Mayor's Office of the sister city.
Reconstruction of the architectural monument
In the first half of 2022 in the sister city of Beziers it is planned to reconstruct one of the ancient bridges, which is an architectural monument. To improve the accessibility of the tourist route, a lift will be installed next to the historical building and a parking for 350 places will be organized. In order to preserve the natural landscape of the area, 150 trees are also supposed to be planted.
On September 29 this year, the Scientific Center of the sister city of Des Moines hosted the annual Demo Day of companies, which was attended by representatives of business, expert and public organizations, prospective investors. Within the framework of the event, the 10 best startups were presented, as well as information about their achievements, products and services introduced. The main attention is paid to the possibilities of further business development and implementation of innovative projects.
Reconstruction of the Grand Canal
More than 100 million tons of cargo are delivered annually in the area of the sister city of Zhenjiang by the Grand Canal. In order to increase the capacity, work is currently underway on the reconstruction of waterways, which will allow the use of vessels with a carrying capacity of up to 100 tons. The irrigation system will also be upgraded and the ecological landscape along the Grand Canal will be improved.
Purchase of specialized equipment
In order to further develop the sister city of Yerevan, more than 35 units of specialized equipment were purchased for the municipal landscaping company. Modern equipment is provided for the organization of irrigation, pruning of green spaces, cleaning and sorting of waste.
The sister city of Changzhou hosted the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. During the holiday, more than 330 thousand residents and guests of the city visited eight main attractions of Changzhou. The revenues from the visit amounted to about 43 million yuan, which indicates an increase in demand for tourist services in the sister city.
The reconstruction of the 50-meter swimming pool «Balloon», which was established in 1960, has been completed in the city of Pazardzhik. On September 01st this year, the solemn opening of the swimming pool was held. The Mayor of the city Todor Popov made a welcoming speech. Afterwards, it is also planned to further modernize the sports complex, including gyms, sport venues for triathlon and pentathlon.
Development of green transport
In the sister city of Beziers, a rental network for bicycles with electric drive was created. The autonomous mileage of vehicles is designed for more than 140 km, which allow residents and visitors of the city to attend the city center as well as its surroundings. For interested people detailed maps and routes are offered. Given the difficult terrain, it is assumed that electric bicycles will be especially popular for residents and guests of the sister city of Beziers.
Celebration of Labor Day in the city of Des Moines
On September 06th this year, residents of the sister city of Des Moines celebrate the US national holiday - Labor Day. The first Monday of September is an additional weekend when the most companies and government agencies are not working, it is an unofficial symbol of the end of the summer holiday season. Traditionally, this day people spend with family and friends and arrange picnics in the fresh air.
On the eve of the new academic year in schools and open groups in kindergartens in the sister city of Zhenjiang, educational lectures on prevention of the spread of coronavirus infection were organized. Employees of educational and preschool institutions were provided with information on compliance with safety rules, use of safety products and disinfection.
A competition for landscape architecture and design was announced in the sister city of Yerevan in order to renovate the Azatutyan Square, as well as its surrounding area. In accordance with the main objectives of the competition, further planting, necessity for alleys, which are accessible to people with muscle-skeleton disorders, and modernization of the street lighting system are expected. According to the results of the competition, the effectiveness of the projects presented will be considered, as well as the conformity with the historical appearance, innovation and utility.
Production of industrial robots
Enterprises in the Wujin national high-tech industrial zone of Changzhou City District continue to actively develop in the field of industrial robot production. This territory is the only experimental zone for the robotics cluster in Jiangsu Province, including more than 60 enterprises engaged in the research, development, production and assembly of robots. This year, the sales volume of thirteen enterprises amounted to four billion yuan, which is 112% more compared to the same period last year.