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22 January 2020, 18:16

Opinion: Old Castle in Grodno could become one of Belarus' tourism landmarks

GRODNO, 22 January (BelTA) – Old Castle in Grodno is poised to become one of Belarus' tourism landmarks after restoration, First Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Maksim Ryzhenkov told journalists on 22 January, BelTA has learned.

Maksim Ryzhenkov reviewed the progress in implementing the instructions that the Belarusian president gave during his visit to Grodno last year. One of the main sites of Grodno is Old Castle. The first stage of its restoration in currently underway. The project is funded not only from the regional budget but also from the state investment program. “The work is in full swing. There is still a lot to be done but it is already obvious that after the restoration the castle in Grodno will become one of the main tourism landmarks in the country,” Maksim Ryzhenkov noted.

He also visited the construction site of a new hall of residence for students of Yanka Kupala Grodno State University. It is also being built in line with the president's instruction. The building is to be commissioned in late 2020, but the work is 1.5 months ahead of schedule.

“All in all, the region is carrying out the president's instructions well. The work is underway and is going according to schedule,” Maksim Ryzhenkov said.

Maksim Ryzhenkov also focused on the development of sport in the region. He noted that regional sports educational institutions train athletes for national teams. “Yet, Grodno lacks a multifunctional facility for team sports that could host training sessions and competitions. I know that work is already underway to seek the funds. This is a movement in the right direction,” he said.

Maksim Ryzhenkov also visited one of Grodno's processing enterprises and met with its staff to discuss salaries, employment, and social development of the region. “Face-to-face meetings with citizens are a good practice. It is a good opportunity to see how the region is developing and the problems people are dealing with,” he said. Such meetings also give a chance to explain decisions made by the authorities to people.

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