Member of the Administration Board of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and one of the municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city Sarajevo the Municipality Novi Grad-Sarajevo celebrated 41st anniversary of its establishment with a ceremony held on December 17, 2018.

The celebration ceremony was attended by the Member of the Presidential Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic, former President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Stjepan Kljujic, Ambassador of Republic of Turkey to BiH Haldun Koc, Secretary-General of the TDBB Fahri Solak, Azerbaijani delegation represented by the President of the Union of City Municipalities of Azerbaijan and the Mayor of Nerimanov Temraz Tagiyev, Mayor of Yasamal Zakir Caferov, Mayor of Binegadi Salman Umudov, Mayor of Nizami Vuqar Quliyev, Chairman of the Committee of the Union of Municipal Employees Muharrem Xalilov and many other guests.

In his speech at the ceremony, Mayor of Novi Grad Semir Efendic said, “At the end of every year we review what was done in the previous year. In 2018, we finalized many projects. In Novi Grad district we have provided a job for nearly one thousand new workers every year. Since my election in 2014, more than 5 thousand people have been employed on the territory of our municipality.

Efendic who underlined how 41st Anniversary of the establishing of Novi Grad is important to them thanked everyone who attended the ceremony. He also said, “I would like to greet the delegation from the Union of Turkish World Municipalities and the delegation from Azerbaijan. The anniversary celebration was attended by the Secretary-General of TDBB Fahri Solak from Turkey and the President of the municipalities union and five mayors from Azerbaijan. The fact that our Azerbaijani guests are here today is the result of our work with this country in the past. We think it is very important to cooperate with Azerbaijan.”

The Bosniak member of the Presidential Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic said that Novi Grad Municipality represents a successful example of development and renewal after the war. Dzaferovic said, “today Novi Grad is one of the largest municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Recent economic and demographic parameters prove this.”

Secretary-General of the TDBB Fahri Solak who attended the celebration in Novi Grad said in his statement to Anadolu News Agency said, “Bosnia and Herzegovina is among the countries with whom we cooperate most actively. A large number of projects in education, culture, and infrastructure were carried out in BiH. In the program to improve the cooperation between our member municipalities and the member countries, we came to BiH with a delegation composed of members from Azerbaijan. In August of this year, we visited Azerbaijan with a delegation from BiH composed of fifteen people. As a part of our visit to BiH, we will have the opportunity to meet with various municipalities and as you can see we also participate as a guest at the 41st-anniversary celebrations of the Municipality of Novi Grad.”

‘Safet Hadzic Award’ was delivered to the war veterans of the Bosnian War who participated in the program. The ceremony ended with the folklore group dancing and the performance of tasawwuf music.