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The President of the Republic continued his visit to Jõgeva County

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel today continued their county visit to Jõgeva County.

In the morning, President Rüütel opened the Jõgevamaa Development Conference at Kuremaa. In his opening address the Head of state said that his visit to Jõgeva County had reinforced his conviction that the County had a great potential for development. "This potential can be explained by the cultural heritage of Jõgevamaa, by its location and beautiful nature as well as its people who love their home place, are entrepreneurial and look into future," President Rüütel noted. "I see that the key to success for Jõgevamaa is the consensus among the local people concerning their goals and cooperation," the Head of state added.

The President of the Republic stressed that in today's open and oriented to changes world, love for one's home place as an essential development factor has been relegated to the background. "We are concerned that young people move away from the countryside to live in town, from towns to the capital, and from there, in its turn, they go abroad. As I see it, there is only one lasting solution: in addition to a job and other possibilities for self-realisation, it is necessary to provide a possibility to create a safe and pleasant home. I think that Jõgevamaa has all the necessary conditions for that," the Head of state said.

At the same time, Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel visited the Vaimastvere students' home, and met with folklorists and cultural activists of Jõgevamaa. At the meeting, it was said that although there were not many community culture houses, there were still many active people who take part in the activities of different societies and thus facilitate the development of local cultural life.
In the afternoon, the President of the Republic visited the Activization Centre of Vooremaa Local Governments that had been founded in order to send unemployed people back to labour market, helping them to restore their working skills and work habit but also psychological balance.

After that, President Rüütel visited the Ulge berry-growing farm in the village of Odivere. After a tour on the farm, the Head of state said that we should do everything in order to preserve alongside with large-scale production also small farms and family enterprises.

In the afternoon, the President of the Republic and Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel visited the Siimusti Children's Home "Metsatareke" and planed a linden tree to the near-by park.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, May 12, 2005

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