Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Administrative Board Meeting and Member Municipalities Regional Meeting were held in Sapanca hosted by Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality between 31 January and 01 February 2020.

The Administrative Board Meeting, with the participation of Local Authorities from six different countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, TRNC, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Turkey), was attended by President of TDBB and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, Bosnia and Herzegovina Minister of Federal Refugees and Displaced People Edin Ramic, Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem Yüce, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Administrative Board Members; Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz, Mongolia Governor of Nalaikh Radnaabazar Choijinsambuu, General Director of Union of Albania Municipalities Agron Haxhimali, TRNC Mayor of Güzelyurt and President of KTBB Mahmut Özçınar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mayor of Novi Grad Semir Efendic, Kyrgyzstan State Agency of Local Governments Vice President Murat Baydıldayev, Mayor of Altındağ Asım Balcı, Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı, Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner, Mayor of Başiskele Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, Mayor of Sancaktepe Şeyma Döğücü, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Şehzadeler Ömer Faruk Çelik, Mayor of Tavşanlı Mustafa Güler and Mayor of Zeytinburnu Ömer Arısoy. 

 TDBB and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed Cooperation Protocol 

Before the meeting, President of TDBB Uğur İbrahim Altay and Bosnia and Herzegovina Minister of Federal Refugees and Displaced People Edin Ramic signed a cooperation protocol. With the protocol, it is aimed to share national and international experiences and to carry out a beneficial and sample cooperation model.

 After the protocol signing ceremony, the meeting continued with the briefing of TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak on the ongoing activities since the last Administrative Board Meeting on 23 October 2019 and the discussion of the meeting’s agenda.

Within this framework, it was decided to support Kyrgyzstan Osh State University Faculty of Theology Dormitory Building Renovation Project cooperatively with Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality, TDBB and member municipalities, to organize information and experience sharing program for the mayors of Croatia between 02 and 08 February 2020, to send the list of TDBB’s expert training and experience sharing programs planned for 2020 to TIKA, to organize an expert training program between 16 and 22 February 2020 for the educators coming from Kyrgyzstan within the framework of Pre-Schools Development Project, cooperatively with TDBB, Ministry of National Education and member municipalities, to organize an expert training program for Chingeltei (Mongolia) Municipality in 2020 cooperatively with TDBB and member municipalities, to organize “expert training programs” for the staff of member municipalities cooperatively with TDBB and Konya Metropolitan Municipality, to purchase a funeral transfer vehicle upon the request of Beyarmudu (TRNC) Municipality by TDBB, to give support to the visit program of Bosnia and Herzegovina Association of Srebrenica Mothers to Turkey by TDBB and member municipalities, to carry out the necessary process for sister city relations between Nicosia (TRNC) Municipality and Sarajevo Metropolitan Municipality, Tatlısu (TRNC) Municipality and Pale (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality, Kara-Suu (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality and Karasu (Sakarya) Municipality, to carry out the necessary process for sister city relations between Doboj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality and its sister city Osmangazi (Bursa) Municipality, to carry out projects for strengthening sister city relations between Narın (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality and its sister cities Etimesgut (Ankara), Kastamonu and Yalova Municipalities and starting the necessary process for establishing sister city relations with Altıeylül (Balıkesir) Municipality, to participate in 2020 Nawruz Events that will take place in Kazakhstan between 21 and 23 March 2020 and in 3rd International Ethnosport Forum that will take place in Antalya between 22 and 23 February 2020 organized by World Ethnospor Confederation on behalf of TDBB, to give participation support to “CITY EXPO – Antalya Town Planning and Technologies Fair” that will take place in Antalya between 26 and 28 March 2020 and “8th International Istanbul Smart Grids Congress and Fair” that will take place in Istanbul between 08-09 April 2020, to participate in “Forum on Halal Business” that will take place in Zagreb between 02 and 03 June 2020 organized by Croatia Islamic Community Center, on behalf of TDBB, to prepare and publish “Local Governments in Balkan Countries” book among TDBB Publications, to continue TDBB Graduate Dissertations Support Program in 2020, to carry out the construction project of Sports Arena in Zepce of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the framework of sister city relations, to give participation support to 12th Kocaeli International Kids Festival that will take place in Kocaeli between 18 and 23 April 2020, to carry out projects on vocational school, Turkish school and etc. in Travnik Kids and Youth Social Center cooperatively with Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality and Travnik’s sister city Konya Metropolitan Municipality, to give hall support by Şahinbey Municipality to 5th International East-West Congress that will take place in Gaziantep between 10 and 12 June 2020 and to give support to Doboj Friendship Bridge Project, the joint project of our Bosnia and Herzegovina members Doboj-Istok and Doboj Municipalities, by TDBB and member municipalities.

New Members

Besides in the meeting, the membership applications of Gracanica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zepçe (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Qabalan (Palestine), Qalqilia (Palestine), Al Bireh (Palestine), West Bani Zaid (Palestine), Zelino (North Macedonia) Municipalities and Mongolian Association of Local Authorities were approved.

Member Municipalities Regional Meeting 

On the occasion of the Administrative Board Meeting, Members of the Administrative Board in Sakarya met with TDBB Member Municipalities in the region during the working meeting. TDBB Member Municipalities Regional Meeting was attended by Mayor of Gölcük Ali Yıldırım Sezer, Mayor of Kandıra Adnan Turan, Mayor of Geyve Murat Kaya, Mayor of Erenler Fevzi Kılıç, Mayor of Söğütlü Oktay Özten, Mayor of Karasu Ishak Sarı, Deputy Mayor of Gerede Cihan Saraç, Deputy Mayor of Dilovası Muhittin Gültekin, Municipal Council Member of Gölcük Savaş Toprak, in addition to TDBB Administrative Board members. During the meeting, the necessary work on the development of active cooperation with TDBB member municipalities in Sakarya region was discussed.

03.02.2020