The ‘Education and Culture Center, which was built in the city of Glamoc in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and the Islamic Union of Glamoc and the support of Beykoz, Gebze, Kocaeli, Sancaktepe, Selçuklu and Zeytinburnu municipalities, was opened on 28 July 2019.

The opening of the Culture Center was attended by the Bosniak member at the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic, President of the TDBB and the Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, Grand Mufti of the Islamic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Reisu’l Ulema) Husein Kavazovic, Secretary-General of the TDBB Fahri Solak, Mayor of Novi Grad Municipality Semir Efendic, Member of the TDBB Advisory Board and the Former Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, Vice President of Republika Srpska Ramiz Salkic, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Mayor of Başiskele (Kocaeli) Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Mayor of Gebze ( Kocaeli) Zinnur Büyükgöz, Deputy Mayor of Selçuklu (Konya) Municipality Ayhan Gürbüzer, Deputy Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Yaşar Çakmak, General Director of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Antikkapı A.Ş. Islam Yücel, MPs, Mayors of TDBB’s Bosnian member municipalities and many invitees.

TDBB has Proven the Friendship Between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey Once Again

After thanking those who contributed to the construction of the Center Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic said, “TDBB has proven the friendship between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina once again. The steps taken together will be much more effective. We will continue to support such projects to improve the living conditions of our citizens who returned to their homes after the war.”

TDBB Aims to Improve Cooperation in the Field of Local Government

Uğur İbrahim Altay, President of TDBB and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality, expressed his satisfaction for being in Bosnia Herzegovina, which always has a special place in hearts of Turkish people. He reminded that TDBB is an international organization established in 2003 with the decision of the Council of Ministers to carry out activities regarding the cities and city administrations in the countries, regions where Turkish language and dialects are spoken and where there is a geographical, historical and cultural partnership. He reminded how the TDBB currently has 1.170 member municipalities from 30 countries and that the Union is working actively to improve cooperation and solidarity in the field of local governments. Altay also said that 11 countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, are part of TDBB’s Board of Directors, and how among the main activities of the Union are educational activities and support for youth. Also, he reminded how the opening of the Culture Center is the most concrete examples of this.

More than 40 Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

President Altay underlined that 27 municipalities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the countries where TDBB works most actively, have joined the union and more than 40 projects were undertaken in this country. “Semir Efendic, the Mayor of Novi Grad and the member of TDBB Board of Directors played an active role in the realization of these projects on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The projects carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina have improved cooperation between the two countries and have been instrumental in ensuring coordination between the local governments of the two countries. By attending the opening ceremony for the Glamoc Education and Culture Center we have come together to add a new project to these big projects. On this occasion I want to thank the leadership of the Islamic Community in Glamoc and TDBB Turkey, as well as the municipalities of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Beykoz, Gebze, Sancaktepe, Zeytinburnu and Selcuklu for bringing this important work in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the region, and also wish the best for the people in this region”.

Culture and Civilization Built by the Two Nations Never Hurt Others

The Grand Mufti of the Islamic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Reisu’l Ulema) Husein Kavazovic said that the Center is very important foundational work. “Bosnians and Turks met on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina about 600 years ago. The culture and civilization that these two nations built did not harm others. This is what makes them different”.

After the speeches, the opening of the Glamoc Education and Culture Center was accompanied by prayers. The main goal of the Center is to contribute to the development of the western regions of the country. The Culture and Education Center, which has five floors and 1.100 m2 closed area, includes a conference hall for 100 people, seminar halls, 4 working offices, a halal food restaurant, a gym for young people and a guest house.

Following the opening ceremony, a photography exhibition about the life and works of Alija Izetbegovic, the late President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was opened.

Bosnian Visits of the TDBB President Uğur İbrahim Altay

Further, Uğur İbrahim Altay, the Mayor of TDBB and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality, held various contacts in Bosnia and Herzegovina during his visit. Altay met with the Presidency Council Member Şefik Caferovic and exchanged views regarding the development of relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the TDBB. On the same day, Altay visited the Maarif Foundation, Mayors of Stari Grad and Novi Grad and also opened the year-end exhibition of the KOMEK Sarajevo Course Center.