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The President of the Republic is in the County of Rapla

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel today started on a two-day tour of the County of Rapla.

The County Governor of Rapla, Kalle Talviste, who had invited them to the tour, said in his words of welcome that he intended to acquaint the guests with the living conditions and outlook for enterprise at two routes vital to the county: on the first day, at the so-called Green Way along the railway line and road Tallinn-Rapla-Viljandi, and on the second day, at the transit corridor Tallinn-Pärnu-Riga (Via Baltica). In developing both of the routes, importance is attached to ecologically sound production, promotion of sustainable ways of manufacturing, and building facilities for recreation. This approach is in line with the general objective of the county to offer those interested a safe and clean environment for individual self-fulfillment.

Before noon, the President in the rural municipality of Kohila visited the limited company Lindegaard manufacturing paper and plastic products. Thereafter, the Presidential couple by a train of Edelaraudtee Ltd travelled to Hagudi where they during a tour of the local education centre were guided by its Director, Rein Voorel, and the Municipality Mayor of Rapla, Aare Heinvee. Since the beginning of this year, also a kindergarten, a hobby-centre and a library have been operating under the same roof with the Basic School of Hagudi. President Rüütel praised the project of turning the school into a centre of local life, where not only children and youngsters but also senior citizens can go in for activities they enjoy. In his estimation, this was one of the promising chances of how to keep small schools and hamlets surrounding them alive. The lunch served in the school canteen was cooked by the President' Chef, Indrek Kivisalu, who proved that an inexpensive school lunch, too, can be healthy and tasty.

In the afternoon, the President called at the limited company ES Sadolin that, being a subsidiary of a multinational corporation, at Rapla manufactures coatings, the major part of which is exported to the neighbouring countries. The President complimented the enterprise on their development strategy and knowledge of how to combine the potentials of a parent company and its subsidiaries. At a meeting with businessmen of the county, the subject of discussion was, which factors are favourable and which detrimental to the development of economy and business climate. As noted by the businessmen, they are expecting from the state stable conditions supporting the production in rural areas, and also a coherent and transparent fiscal policy.

In the rural municipality of Kehtna, the Head of State by leaders of the private limited company Kehtna Mõis and the county' association of farmers and producers was briefed on the activities and problems of local farmers and producers. One of the main subjects of their talk was the co-operative form of production and its advantages.

Mrs Ingrid Rüütel today visited Kohila Training Centre where she was acquainted with the life-long learning. Mrs Rüütel also called at the Arts Society of Rapla, the singing studio of Thea Paluoja and the zither-workshop in the hamlet of Kumma, the rural municipality of Kehtna.

At Käru, the President took interest in the development programme of this small municipality and saw the new building of Käru School, where the co-operation between home and school and the infrastructure of the whole municipality serve the purpose of open education.

In the evening, the President and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel will attend a village party at the clubhouse of Valtu.

Press Service of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, January 15, 2003

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