Grodno has been declared the cultural capital of the Silk Road in Belarus. China's Ministry for Foreign Affairs has supported the initiative. This was reported on January 11 during the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Grodno Oblast and Henan province (China) through the Red Cross.
Among the issues reflected in the document are the exchange of volunteers, sharing of best practices of Special Rapid Deployment Forces as well as joining of efforts for rehabilitation of children with disabilities.
It was also noted that charity and help must be provided to all people, regardless of their nationality.
The Chinese delegation appreciated the work of the Belarusian Red Cross Society in the development of volunteerism, implementation of social projects for assistance to elderly people and children. The guests, in their turn, are ready to share their own work.
He Chuan Yun, the executive vice-president of the regional Chinese Red Cross of Henan Province:
We have acquired a vast experience in volunteerism and the work of the Belarusian Red Cross here. And we also have many points in common. But still, due to the differences in culture and traditions, we have different approaches to work. So, we have a lot to learn from each other. We even discussed the cooperation in health care and education.
Viktor Liskovich, Chairman of the Grodno Regional Organization of the Belarusian Red Cross Society:
It is not only economic development that unites peoples. It is all based on cultural ties and volunteerism. Including the work of our Red Cross organizations.