“TDBB Kyrgyzstan Member Municipalities Information and Experience Sharing Program”, organized by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) in cooperation with Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality, Beykoz, Fatih, Gebze, Sancaktepe and Ümraniye Municipalities, East Marmara Development Agency (MARKA) and Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), was carried out between 24 and 30 November 2019 in Sakarya and Istanbul with presentations and site visits.
The program was attended by Representative of Presidential Administration of Kyrgyzstan Mirbek Kozhoev, Representative of the State Agency for Local Government and Interethnic Relations under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Myrzaibraim Jeenbekov, Vice Mayor of Osh Asylbek Topchubaev, Mayor of Jalal-Abad Murataly Tagaev, Mayor of Kara-Kul Ilyas Erkeev, Mayor of Naryn Nurbek Moldokadyrov, Mayor of Karakol Adyl Kanimetov, Mayor of Cholpon-Ata Talant Sarbagyshev, Mayor of Kara-Suu Kutugali Kozubaev, Mayor of Uzgen Mukhtarzhan Halmatov, Mayor of Tokmok Daniyar Amangeldy, Mayor of Orlovka Bakytbek Chancharov and Mayor of Isfana Abdivali Khamraev.
On the first day of the program, the delegation went to Sakarya and listened to the presentation on “Smart City Strategies and 5-year Action Plans” which is the first application among local governments, from Veysel Çıplak, Head of the Strategy Department of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality; presentation on “Public Transport Systems” from Prof. Mustafa Ilıcalı, a presentation on “The Role Of Municipalities In Local Development” from Deputy Secretary General Assistant Dr. Furkan Beşel and Turkey’s Wagon Industry (TÜVASAŞ) from Prof. Dr. İlhan Kocaarslan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TÜVASAŞ. At dinner, the delegation met with the Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality, Ekrem Yüce. Mayor of Sapanca Municipality, Özkan Özen also took part in dinner at Sopeli Wildlife Village.
On the second day of the program, the participants visited the East Marmara Development Agency (MARKA). Here, the participants were presented on “Regional Development Projects”. On the same day, the delegation visited Mayor of Gebze, Zinnur Büyükgöz and then listened to a presentation on “Electronic Municipal Services”. The delegation made site visits and got acquainted with the work on site. The delegation was accompanied by Deputy Mayors Sedat Çelik, Selamet Güner, Yusuf Burkut and Director of Information Technology Department Tümay Aksan.
On November 27, 2019, Wednesday, the delegation visited Fatih Municipality, listened to a presentation on the topic “Electronic Document Management System” and made field trips. On the same day, the delegation visited TDBB, met with Secretary General Fahri Solak and received information on the projects and programs of TDBB in Kyrgyzstan.
On Thursday, November 28, 2019, the participants visited the municipality of Sancaktepe and met with Mayor Şeyma Döğücü. The delegation then listened to a presentation on “Urban Transformation Projects” from Deputy Mayor Eyüp Salih Elmas. On the same day, the delegation visited Mayor of Ümraniye İsmet Yıldırım in his office. Halil İbrahim Emek, Director of the Information Technology Department of Ümraniye Municipality, made a presentation on “Smart Map Information System”. Then Mayor Yıldırım visited the public garden in Ümraniye with the guests.
On November 29, 2019, Friday, the last day, participants visited the Istanbul Development Agency (İSTKA). İSTKA Secretary General Dr. Fatih Pişkin made a presentation on “Istanbul Regional Plan”. On the same day, the delegation visited Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın in his office. A presentation was presented in Beykoz Municipality on “Project of Establishment of Sustainable and Smart Waste Management Systems”.
Sister City Municipalities Dinner and Certificate Ceremony
On November 29, 2019, Friday night, sister city municipalities dinner and certificate ceremony of TDBB Kyrgyzstan Member Municipalities Information and Experience Sharing Program were performed in Beykoz Karlıtepe Social Facilities hosted by Beykoz Municipality.
The ceremony was attended by TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, Deputy Mayors of Bünyamin Korkmaz and Feruz Kutsal, Deputy Mayor of Pendik Atakan Yüce and Mayor Advisor of Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Nursel Ustamehmetoğlu.
On November 30, 2019, Saturday, after a city tour of Istanbul, the program ended with the delegation’s returning to their countries.