Azerbaijan Member Municipalities Information and Experience Sharing Program, organized by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) in cooperation with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Bayrampaşa, Beykoz, Keçiören and Pendik Municipalities and Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was completed with the participation of 11 Mayors, after the presentations and site visits made in Ankara and Istanbul between 29 April and 5 May 2018.
The program was attended by Mayor of Nerimanov and also President of Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities Tamraz Taghiyev, Vice President of Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities and also Mayor of Gence Şehri Nizami Goshgar Mammadov, Secretary General of Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities Tofıg Hasanov, Mayor of Balaken Afgan Safarov, Mayor of Berde Sadıg Khalilov, Mayor of Yevlax Elmı Safaraliyev, Mayor of Şirvan Kurdoghlu Muradov, Mayor of Şemkir Vugar Hasanov, Deputy Mayor of Sumgayit Musa Hasanov, Head of Department of Law in Sumgayit Municipality Zaur Shahbalayev and Advisor of the Parliament Member of National Parliamentary Regional Affairs Committee and also Head of District Committee of Yasamal Municipality Mammad Mammadli.
On the first day of the program, which was Monday, 30 April 2018, the delegation visited Keçiören Municipality and after meeting with Mayor Mustafa Ak the presentations on “Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development in Municipalities” and “Park and Garden Arrangement Services” were made, then the group observed the applications on site. On the second day of the program, the group listened to “Social Municipalism Activities” presentation at Keçiören Municipality and made a site visit. The delegation had a city tour in Ankara at the same day.
On the third day of the program, which was Thursday, 2nd of May, the delegation visited Spor Istanbul in Istanbul part of the program. During the visit in Spor Istanbul, the presentation on “Sports Activities and Services in Municipalities” was listened and then site visit was made. At the same day, the program continued with the visit to Istanbul District Directorate of Culture and Tourism. The delegation listened to the presentation on “Tourism Activities in Istanbul” in Sübyan Mektebi (Primary School) inside Hagia Sophia Museum, then visited the museum and made site visit.
On the fourth day of the program (Thursday, 3rd of May), the delegation visited Mayor of Pendik Kenan Şahin. After the visit the delegation listened to the presentation on “Financial Management in Municipalities” and made a site visit at Pendik Municipality Waste Sorting Plant.
In the afternoon of the fourth day of the program, the participants visited Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek. The delegation was presented “Property Tax and Title Deed Transactions”. Mayor Çelikbilek also accompanied the delegation at dinner.
On the fifth day of the program, Friday 4th of May, the delegation visited Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s European Directorate of Parks and Gardens and listened to the presentation on “Green Area Management in Municipalities”, and then made site visit. On the afternoon of the same day, the delegation visited Bayrampaşa Municipality and listened to the presentation on “Municipal Activities in Turkey”.
Same day afternoon, a closing dinner and certificate ceremony was organized with the hosting of Bayrampaşa Municipality. In addition to the delegation, the ceremony was attended by Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner, Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak and Consulate of Republic of Azerbaijan in Istanbul Yadullah Paşayev. After the dinner organization, the delegation was presented their participation certificates.
The program was completed with the departure of the delegation to Azerbaijan, after having Istanbul tour on 5 May 2018, Saturday.