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03.12.21

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.

Charity event
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.

26.11.21

Sports achievements
The men's volleyball team "Heber" of the sister city of Pazardzhik has successfully played at the qualifying games and will take part in the annual volleyball tournament with the participation of leading European clubs - the European Champions League, which is the best achievement among the volleyball teams of Bulgaria. The Mayor's Office of the city of Pazardzhik has decided to repair the V. Levski sports hall in order to effectively prepare for participation in the international competition.

Festive events
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.

19.11.21

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.

12.11.21

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.

City festival
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.

Sports achievements

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,

29.10.21

World Cup in majorette sports
Athletes of the women's team «Mystery» of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the World Cup in majorette sports. The event was held on October 24th this year in the city of Zadar, Republic of Croatia. 34 teams from 10 countries of the world took part in the sports event. The team of the city of Pazardzhik won the championship, winning an additional three gold and one bronze medals in different age categories. The athletes of the sister city expressed their gratitude to the Mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov for the financial support of the sport.

Sporting performance
Alexander Lloveras, a representative of one of the sports clubs of the sister city of Beziers, took part in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Japan), winning gold and silver medals in tandem cycling. The Mayor of Beziers congratulated the cyclist on the outstanding sporting achievements and presented memorable awards.

Promoting economic development
The Greater Des Moines Partnership, an association of entrepreneurs of the sister city of Des Moines, was awarded a prestigious award for organizing activities to assist small and medium-sized businesses, provide support measures to industries in order to restore the economy in a pandemic. The practice of placing glowing balloons in the city center for attention to city attractions, retail outlets and public catering is recognized as one of the best and recommended for implementation in other cities.

Harvest Festival
The agricultural sector accounts for a significant share of the sister city of Zhenjiang economy. In order to support local farms, a Harvest Festival was organized. A wide range of seasonal products was presented at the activity. Visitors of the event had the opportunity to purchase the necessary food and goods at affordable prices.

Energy saving program of the sister city of Yerevan
As part of the implementation of the energy saving program of Yerevan, it is planned to carry out capital repair in six kindergartens of the sister city. In order to reduce financial costs and CO2 emissions, it is planned to install LED lamps, solar panels, seismic and thermal insulation modernization. In the context of a pandemic, special importance is attached to ensuring compliance of preschool institutions with sanitary standards.

New projects in the sister city of Changzhou
A conference dedicated to attracting investments was held in the sister city of Changzhou, during which 18 projects involving the construction of specialized centers for the provision of financial services, scientific and technological development, artificial intelligence, talent pool, and large shopping complexes were presented. One of the projects is aimed at creating a modern district with a developed infrastructure, comfortable conditions for studying, living and business.

22.10.21

Open Badminton Championship
Representatives of the Badminton Squash sports club of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the Open Badminton Championship, which took place on October from 16th to 17th this year in the city of Nicosia (Republic of Cyprus). Athletes of the city of Pazardzhik became prize-winners of the competition, winning a bronze medal in the women's doubles title for the first time.

Organization of mass sports events
On October 24th this year, residents and guests of the sister city of Beziers will be able to take part in a number of sports and mass events. For people who prefer a healthy lifestyle, races at a distance of 10, 15 and 20 km have been organized, and a 10 km walking route has also been developed. The peculiarity of the event is that the tracks are laid along the most significant historical sites that contributes to familiarization with the cultural heritage of the city.

Entrepreneurship Week
Within the framework of the World Entrepreneurship Week, which will be held from 08th to 12th November this year, forums, seminars, training courses for small and medium-sized businesses, representatives of developing companies will be organized in the sister city of Des Moines. The events will focus on modern strategies for the development of startups, support measures and opportunities for attracting investment.

Popularization of national culture
To attract attention to historical attractions and popularize national traditions, the Jinshan Festival of Culture and Art, as well as the International Tourism Festival, were held in the city of Zhenjiang. Residents and guests of the sister city took part in master classes on folk art, literary and musical performances, contests of national cuisine, entertainment events were organized.

Event in the sister city of Yerevan
In order to adapt children with disabilities, chronic diseases, as well as underprivileged children, the annual event «Evening of Dreams» was held in the sister city of Yerevan. More than a hundred children had the opportunity to take part in various master classes, contests, and games. Memorable gifts were also presented to the participants of the event.

Changzhou robotics industry chain standards Alliance
One of the key industries of Changzhou is the development of automated technical systems, in this regard, the Robotics industry chain standards Alliance has been established in the sister city. The main task is to develop regulatory documentation, stimulate further implementation of innovative technologies in the fields of mechanical engineering, new energy, food industry, medicine, electronics. The Alliance includes research institutes, state-owned institutions, educational organizations, as well as private enterprises.

15.10.21

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.

National holiday
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.

08.10.21

Participation in the National Championship of the Republic of Bulgaria
In the period from 01st to 03rd October this year, the national Kickboxing Championship of the Republic of Bulgaria was held in the city of Varna. More than 240 athletes representing 42 sports clubs of the country took part in the event.
According to the results of the competition, the athletes of the Spartak kickboxing club of the sister city of Pazardzhik won 11 medals, specifically 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze.

Education system development
In the sister city of Beziers, comprehensive efforts are being carried out to further develop the general education system. Considerable attention is paid to the reconstruction of educational institutions, equipping of school canteens, repair of surroundings and playgrounds. Large-scale construction work is underway to build a new elementary school, the peculiarity of which is an unusual layout without of corridors. Classrooms will have separate exits to the school yard. The construction is scheduled to be completed in September 2022.

Career guidance counseling among students
On October 14th this year, an online career guidance seminar for high school students of general education institutions will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. Within the framework of the webinar, the access to specialized education in the field of information technology will be discussed as the most promising area of career development, information about two and four-year educational programs implemented in secondary and higher educational institutions of Des Moines will be presented.

Auditing of educational institutions
At the end of September this year, a comprehensive inspection of the security and educational activities of the Jiangsu University of the sister city of Zhenjiang took place. Special attention was paid to the work of checkpoints, student dormitories, catering. The university administration also addressed the students with congratulations on the full-time study.

Exhibition-fair dedicated to the International Day of older persons
On the International Day of older persons, an exhibition-fair of works by representatives of the older generation was held in the sister city of Yerevan. Handmade products, as well as published books created by elderly people were presented at the fair. The organizer was the charity organization «Mission Armenia» by the support of the Mayor's office of the city of Yerevan, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

Project implementation for production of mechanical production equipment
In the National High-Tech District of the sister city of Changzhou, a signing ceremony was held for the project of SID, the leading company in the field of planning and construction of complete shredding installations. The company designs, manufactures and erects a wide range of waste recycling equipment.
As part of the project, it is planned to build the production center for high-end mechanical equipment in the Sino-Swiss (Changzhou) International Industrial Innovation Park. It is assumed that the annual sales of manufactured products will reach 500 million yuan.

01.10.21

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.

Startups presentation
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.

Mid-Autumn Festival
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.

24.09.21

Celebration of the Independence Day of the Republic of Bulgaria
Solemn events dedicated to the 113th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Bulgaria, a national holiday celebrated annually on September 22th, were held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The Mayor of the city of Pazardzhik Todor Popov, as well as deputies of the State Duma of the Republic of Bulgaria, representatives of political parties addressed to the residents of the city with a congratulatory speech online. A festive concert was organized for residents and guests of the city on the central square.

French language study
In order to promote the social adaptation and integration of children of foreign origin, additional French language courses have been created for more than 4.5 thousand students of educational institutions in the sister city of Beziers. Classes are held in small groups by teachers and volunteers. Parents of secondary school students are also able to take part in the training program.

Promotion of healthy lifestyles
On October 06th this year, a sports event aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. Residents and guests of the city are invited to take part in walking tours around the city center. For this purpose, a special mobile application has been created, walking routes have been developed, food services areas have been established along the way. The event is held under the motto «Move more! Communicate more!».

Tourism development
Nine popular attractions of the sister city of Zhenjiang are included in the List of the 100 most picturesque places along the Grand Canal prepared by the Jiangsu Province. The project combines iconic tourist routes, historical monuments, cultural and exhibition objects, guided tours.

Modern skate park
As part of the improvement of a new recreation area of the sister city of Yerevan, which is being completed, it is planned to open a modern skate park for the purpose of organizing leisure activities for residents of the city, the possibility of holding citywide and international competitions. During the implementation of the project, an integrated approach was applied: the skate park is also designed for cycling, roller skating and scooters. Solar panels will be installed on the territory of the park.

XIV National Games
On September 15th this year, an opening ceremony of the XIV National Games was held. The Games will take place under the motto «Games for all, together in mind and action» for three months. More than 50 sports competitions for professionals and amateurs are planned to be held within the framework of the event.
Athletes of the sister city of Changzhou took part in the competitions in football, men's volleyball, women's basketball and others and won seven gold medals.

17.09.21

Medical College opening
On September 15th this year, the official opening of the Medical College was held in the sister city of Pazardzhik with the participation of the Mayor of the city Todor Popov. The teaching staff of the Medical University of Plovdiv was involved in organizing the educational process. In 2022, it is planned to expand the material and technical base of the college, open new training classes.

Implementation of modern technologies for waste disposal
In the sister city of Beziers, special importance is attached to environmental issues. In this regard, new technologies for waste disposal, enabling to reduce the negative impact on nature, are being introduced. Currently, in accordance with the existing standards, equipment of the rubbish recycling plant has been modernized. It is also planned to open a new landfill with a dedicated area for sorting secondary raw materials. The new structure will be made of concrete modules, which allow to expand the space if required.

Measures to support entrepreneurs
In order to support small businesses amid the pandemic, a campaign to promote the products of local manufacturers is being implemented in the sister city of Des Moines from September 13th to 17th this year. Social networks contain information about companies, shopping centers and public catering enterprises. Special graphic layouts and hashtags have been developed for the participants of the campaign. Online catalogs of organizations by profile categories have been created.

Economic recovery
In the sister city of Zhenjiang, comprehensive measures are being implemented for economic recovery and resolving a number of problems related to restrictions during the pandemic. As a result of the efforts, the port capacity on the Yangtze River increased by more than 15% by the end of August 2021, the tonnage of goods shipped - by 9.7%. The indicators reached a record level compared to the same period of the previous year.

Official online meeting
Within the framework of the official online meeting of the Mayors of the sister city of Yerevan and the city of Leipzig, the Federal Republic of Germany, development of bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, economy, tourism, youth and sports was discussed. The prospects of practical cooperation in various areas of urban economy, implementation of joint projects, and exchange of work experience were also considered.

Selection of tourist spots
In order to further promote the cultural and historical heritage, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Jiangsu Province held an event to select 100 landmark tourist spots along the Grand Canal.
The Jing-Hang Grand Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the longest canal in the world, connecting the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. According to the results of the selection, ten objects of the sister city of Changzhou were included in the List of 100 historic tourist places. Changzhou ranks third in the province in terms of the number of selected attractions.

10.09.21

Mass competitions
On September 08th this year, the fourth mass race «Pazardzhik Run Lacrima» was held in the park «Island of Freedom» of the sister city of Pazardzhik, in which the Mayor of the city Todor Popov took part. The organizers were the Bulgarian Athletics Federation and the Mayor's office of Pazardzhik. About 200 athletes took part in the competition, 115 of them were young women. Besides, the race for shorter distances was held for people with disabilities.

Outdoor advertising
For further improvement and preservation of the historical appearance of the sister city of Beziers, public hearings on placement of outdoor advertising and installation of advertising constructions will be held on September 14th this year. Representatives of organizations, specialists and experts in this field, residents of the city and other interested participants will take part in the discussions.

International festival
The annual International Festival of Music and Cooking will be held in the sister city of Des Moines from September 17th to 19th this year. Within the framework of the event, a fair – selling food products from 25 countries of the world, an exhibition of exotic fruits, online cooking workshops and interactive presentations will be organized. There will be performances of well-known musical groups demonstrating various directions of classical and folk music.

Charity event
Farmers of the sister city of Zhenjiang took part in a public charity event aimed at supporting medical personnel working with patients with coronavirus infection. More than 3,000 fruit sets were given on a free of charge basis to doctors and medical workers with irregular working hours in the difficult conditions of the pandemic as a sign of gratitude.

Traffic optimization
As part of the implementation of the traffic optimization program, more than 10 traffic lights with calling devices at pedestrian crossings have been installed in the sister city of Yerevan. The program is focused on reducing the number of road accidents, regulating traffic on black spots, ensuring the safety of city residents.

Day of charitable donations
In the sister city of Changzhou, September 03rd this year is declared the Day of charitable donations. Representatives of municipalities, government authorities and agencies took part in the charity event. The amount of the fee was about 3 billion yuan. The funds were used to help disadvantaged people, specifically orphans, disabled persons, older people and students.

03.09.21

Reconstruction of swimming pool
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.

Preventive measures
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.

Competition
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.

27.08.21

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.

Preventive measures
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.

20.08.21

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.

Preventive measures
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.

Sports achievements
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.

13.08.21

Unveiling
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.

Recreation organization
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.

Sports events
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.

06.08.21

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.

Interactive project
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.

Award
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.

30.07.21

National Championship
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.

Feria holiday
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.

Farm work
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.

Educational Forum
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.

23.07.21

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.

Educational seminars
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.

Road construction
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.

16.07.21

Exhibition
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.

International Festival
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.




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