The training program on “Private Sector’s Contribution to Inclusive and Sustainable City Management”, organized in cooperation with Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities, with the contributions of UCLG-MEWA and Kibar Holding, was held in February 15-16, 2021. The program was participated by 30 Local Managers and Experts from different municipalities of Azerbaijan.

The Opening Session of the Program was attended by UNDP Istanbul Private Sector and Development Center Director Sahba Sobhani, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, UNDP Azerbaijan Representative Alessandro Fracassetti, President of Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities Temraz TAĞIEV, UCLG-Eurasia Secretary General Rasikh Sagitov, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General Mehmet Duman, CEO of Kibar Holding Haluk Kayabaşı, Board Member of Presidency Local Governments Policies Dr. Hayri Baraçlı; they shared their thoughts on the subject.

After the Opening Session, the program started with the presentation of the Secretary General of Union of Azerbaijan City Municipalities Tofiq Hasanov entitled “Analysis of the Municipalism in Azerbaijan”, and continued with the presentations on “Urbanization Trends and Localization of SDGs”, “Participation of the Private Sector for Inclusive Urbanization”, “Municipal Enterprises” Establishment and Legal Framework “,” Effective Management of Municipal Enterprises / Global Good Practices”,” Impact Investing and Islamic Finance “, and ” Risk and Risk Management “.

In the two-day program, UCLG-MEWA General Coordinator Salim Korkmaz, UNDP IICPSD Project Manager Aslıhan Albostan, Kibar Holding Interactive Environmental Consultancy Manager Oğuzhan Akınç, Civil Engineer Ugur Karahan, Anadolu University Faculty Member of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Prof. Necdet Sağlam and UNDP IICPSD Project Managers Funda Süzer and Tuğba Varol and UNDP Regional Adviser for Anti-Corruption and Public Administration Irakli Kotetishvili participated as trainers.

The Training Program was organized to encourage and support the development of municipal enterprises for creating and strengthening local capacity and strengthening an ecosystem for private sector collaborations to provide sustainability, flexibility and inclusiveness to local authorities in basic municipal service delivery. The program was structured as a technical modular seminar that provides background on the basic concepts and recent developments of the urbanization process and explains how cities can be managed in an inclusive way. The program also aimed to explain different models of private sector participation in basic municipal services and to provide a comprehensive perspective on the legal framework.