On January 18, 2018, the Year of Lithuania was opened in Kremenchuk. Within the framework of this significant event, a presentation of the new International Information and Contact Center named after Prince Vytautas was held, which will work in the premises of the Kremenchuk Center for International Relations and Economic Development “Kremenchuk Invest”.
Since the beginning of the year, Kremenchuk Invest has changed its location and is now located in a newly renovated building at the 4th Dmitry Tiomkin highway.
Funds from the city budget were provided for the repair and purchase of equipment, assistance was provided from the Project for International Technical Assistance “Partnership for Urban Development” (PLEDDG Project) and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine, partners of Kremenchuk Investment Company.
Participation in the opening of the Year of Lithuania in Kremenchuk and the International Information and Contact Center named after Prince Vytautas was taken by Mayor Vitalii Maletskyi, Minister – Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine Mr. Gvidas Kerusauskas, Deputy Mayors, members of public organizations, specialists of the local self-government body, science and culture of Kremenchuk. In the video conference mode, the mayor of the sister city, Alytus Vytautas Grigaravičius, also took part in the official event.
The solemn event began with the presentation of the exhibition “Window to Lithuania”, which is located in the Art Hall of the Kremenchuk Investment Company. Opening the exhibition, Director of the company Andriy Melnyk noted that the first exposition is devoted to the landscapes of Lithuania, and the future is planned to be devoted to other countries and cities – the twin cities of Kremenchuk. After getting acquainted with the exhibition, the mayor and the Minister – the Embassy of the Lithuanian Republic in Ukraine cut the tape in front of the entrance to the premises of the International Information and Contact Center named after Prince Vytautas.
Welcoming the present, the Mayor Vitalii Maletskyi expressed his words of sincere gratitude to the Minister – the Ambassador of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine, Mr. Gvidas Kerušauskas, for helping to equip the center with the introduction of modern communication technologies, through which the Kremenchuk people will now have the opportunity to seize the best practices of their partners in various fields of activity.
The head of the city stressed that today the start of the Year of Lithuania in Kremenchuk is given. This event is not accidental, because the history of the development of Lithuania and Ukraine, the history of the struggle of Ukrainians and Lithuanians for their independence are related. In many ways we learn from the Lithuanian people, one of the first in the post-Soviet space to restore its independence.
Vitalii Maletskyi noted that we already have close sister relations with the city of Alytus, in particular, in the humanities. CItizens are interested in the fact that these partnerships have been expanded by cooperation in the economic segment. In this way there is significant support from the side of the brothers. The head of the city thanked the mayor of the city of Alytus Mr. Vytautas Grigaravičius for helping to accelerate Ukraine’s integration into the European Union.
Vitalii Maletskyi told about the conversation with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine, Mr. Marius Janukonis, noting that the head of the Lithuanian diplomatic mission in Ukraine Marius Janukonis noted that close and mutually beneficial cooperation between Ukraine and Lithuania was established in Kremenchuk. Confirmation of this is the opening of the first in Ukraine information and contact center named after Prince Vytautas today.
Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine, Mr. Gvidas Kerusauskas, noted that it is always nice to stay in Kremenchuk, where he feels as comfortable as at home. For his part, he thanked everyone who joined the creation of the International Information and Communication Center named after Prince Vytautas, who is still the only one in Ukraine. Mr. Gvidas Kerusauskas expressed his confidence that the work of the center will be the next step of real international cooperation. In particular, the Lithuanian diplomat warmly spoke on behalf of Andriy Melnyk, a director of PU “Kremenchuk Invest” and his colleagues.
On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine, Mr. Gvidas Kerusauskas presented the “Credits” signed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Mr. Marius Janukonis, to the heads of enterprises and institutions that, together with Kremenchuk Invest, worked on the creation of the International Information and Communication Center named after Prince Vytautas.