Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Administrative Board Meeting was made on 22 April 2020, via Video Conference due to the outbreak of coronavirus, with the participation of 27 local authorities from 7 different countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), North Macedonia, Mongolia and Turkey).
The meeting under the chairmanship of President of TDBB and also Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur Ibrahim Altay, was attended by TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Administrative Board Members who are Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem Yüce, Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Malatya Metropolitan Municipality Selahattin Gürkan, President of Kyrgyzstan Local Governments State Agency Bahtiyar Saliyev, Deputy President of Mongolia Association of Local Authorities Manaljav Garam, General Director of Union of Municipalities of Albania Agron Haxhimali, President of KTBB and also Mayor of TRNC Güzelyurt Mahmut Özçınar, Mayor of Bosnia and Herzegovina Novi Grad Semir Efendic, Mayor of North Macedonia Gostivar Arben Taravari, Mayor of Rize Rahmi Metin, Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı, Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner, Mayor of Başiskele Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Eyüpsultan Deniz Köken, Mayor of Fatih M.Ergün Turan, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, Mayor of Pendik Ahmet Cin, Mayor of Sancaktepe Şeyma Döğücü, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Mayor of Silivri Volkan Yılmaz, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Şehzadeler Ömer Faruk Çelik, Mayor of Tavşanlı Mustafa Güler and Mayor of Zeytinburnu Ömer Arısoy.
The meeting continued with the briefing of TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak on the ongoing activities since the last Administrative Board Meeting in January 2020 and the discussion of the meeting’s agenda.
Within this framework, it was decided to sign cooperation protocol between TDBB and Uzbekistan Ministry of Innovative Development, to sign cooperation protocol between TDBB and Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Croatia, to carry out Kazakhstan Almaty Yasawi Cultural Center Project of Kul Hodja Ahmad Yasawi Science Foundation cooperatively by TDBB and member municipalities, to make a visit to Gagauz Autonomous Region upon the invitation of Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region Presidency in 2020, to give participation support to “CITYTECH 2020 – 14th International Urbanism and Environment Fair” organized by INFO Fair Organization in Ankara on 05-07 November 2020, to give financial support by TDBB to “510th Ajvatovica Festival” that was planned to be made in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 12-28 June 2020, to organize internship program in Turkey in July 2020 for the students of Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, to give support by TDBB to “Uzbekistan Culture and Gastronomy Week” event which was planned to be made in Istanbul in June 2020, to carry out the necessary procedure for Vares (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality to establish a sister city relationship among TDBB members in the coordination of TDBB, to purchase the water truck that was requested by Vares Municipality within the framework of sister city relations, to carry out Project of Street Sweeper and Sanitizer Truck Purchase requested by Gostivar (North Macedonia) Municipality cooperatively by sister cities of Gostivar Municipality in coordination of TDBB, to forward the official letter of Sainshand (Mongolia) Municipality to its sister city Düzce Municipality with regard to strengthening sister city relations, to participate in ”3rd International Kahramanmaraş Management, Economics and Politics Congress that will take place in Kahramanmaraş on 25-26 June 2020, to carry out “Renovation Project of Kyrgyzstan Osh State University Faculty of Theology Dormitory Building” cooperatively by Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality, TDBB and member municipalities, to carry out the necessary procedure of “Project of Renovation and Arrangement of Two Sporting Areas” requested by Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality cooperatively by sister cities of Zenica Municipality in coordination of TDBB, to carry out “Gradacac Cultural Center Restoration Project” requested by Gradacac (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality by sister cities of Gradacac Municipality in coordination of TDBB, to give participation support to “International Folklore Festival” planned to take place in 2020 with the organization of Şahinbey (Gaziantep) Municipality, to organize information and experience sharing programs for municipalities of Albania and Tatarstan cooperatively by TDBB and member municipalities in Fall 2020, to organize sister city protocol signing ceremony between Novi Grad (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality and TDBB member Karatay (Konya) Municipality in coordination of TDBB and to carry out the necessary procedure to establish sister city relation between Arkhangai (Mongolia) Municipality and Osmangazi (Bursa) Municipality.
Besides in the meeting, the membership requests of Asira-El Shamalia (Palestine) and Vushtrria (Kosovo) Municipalities to TDBB were accepted.