Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) July Administrative Board Meeting, with the participation of local administrators from 7 different countries (Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), North Macedonia and Turkey), on 30 July 2021 in Konya at the Selçuklu Congress Center with the hosting of Konya Metropolitan Municipality.
The meeting under the chairmanship of President of TDBB and also Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, was attended by TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Administrative Board Members who are General Director of Albania Union of Municipalities Agron Haxhimali, Mayor of Bosnia and Herzegovina Novi Grad Semir Efendic, Mayor of TRNC Güzelyurt Mahmut Özçınar, President of Union of Azerbaijan Municipalities Temraz Tağıyev, Mayor of North Macedonia Gostivar Arben Taravari, Director of the Kyrgyzstan Regional Development State Agency Elchibek Nurzhadyevich Dzhantaev, Mayor of Kilis Servet Ramazan, Mayor of Rize Municipality Rahmi Metin, Mayor of Altındağ Asım Balcı, Mayor of Başiskele Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Şehzadeler Ömer Faruk Çelik, Mayor of Tavşanlı Mustafa Güler, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Ömer Arısoy and Deputy Mayor of North Macedonia Gostivar Gzim Hacieyüp.
In the opening speech delivered by TDBB President Uğur İbrahim Altay expressed that the fact that TDBB is the only international organization of Turkey with its 1,200 member municipalities from 30 different countries. President Altay also added that, “I am very honored to carry out the Presidency of this Union. I would like to thank everyone in this Union who has served so far”. Altay continued his words that as TDBB has been carried out very significant projects and he stated that: “Very important activities have been carried out especially in the fields of protecting our culture and civilization, increasing our unity and solidarity, and increasing the experience of municipality. We have done our best in keeping our works despite of the hard time of the pandemic era. From now on, we all will be working together for the development of our cities”.
President Altay also posited that at the moment there are very big fires around Turkey in several cities like Manavgat, Marmaris, Bodrum and now we have been tremendously fighting against these fires. Mayor Altay also said that, “We convey our best wishes to our citizens living these areas. Our municipalities are currently carrying out an intense extinguishing work in fire areas. As TDBB Administrative Board, we will take an initiative action to rehabilitate the burned forests. As the Members of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), we will donate 150,000 tree saplings for the regeneration of forests and create a commemorative forest in the fire zones.”
The meeting continued with the briefing of TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak on the ongoing activities since the last Administrative Board Meeting in 21 April 2021 and the discussion of the meeting’s agenda.
Within this framework, it was decided to carry out “Construction of Martyrdom Project” held in cooperation with TDBB and Karatay (Konya) Municipality, carried out the “Trebinje Jupa Mosque Roof Restoration Project” requested by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Trebinje Islamic Union in cooperation with TDBB and Karatay (Konya) Municipality, to undertake a necessary procedure to establish a sister city relationship between Silivri (Istanbul) Municipality and Shusha (Azerbaijan) Municipality under the coordination of TDBB, to undertake a necessary procedure to establish a sister city relationship between Karatay (Konya) Municipality and Novi Pazar (Serbia) Municipality under the coordination of TDBB, to give support requested by Beyt Hanoun (Palestine) Municipality to cover municipalities’ expenses by the sister city Selçuklu Municipality, to give participation support to be held by NOON Fair Organization on 10-13 November 2021 in Istanbul for “YES – Investment Industry Fair”, to give participation support to the “EIF 2021 – 14th International Energy Congress and Fair” to be held in Antalya between 13-15 October 2021 by the Global Energy Association, to rearrange the amount of scholarships given to graduate program students who are enrolled in master’s or doctorate programs at universities in Turkey and also focusing on “Local Administrations and Urban Studies in Turkic Republics and Related Communities” in their thesis writing process, to give support for the “22th International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival”, to give financial support for the “Spreça Peace Bridge Project” which is a joint project of our Bosnia and Herzegovina members Doboj-Istok and Doboj Municipalities and that construction of the project have already been started by our Union by TDBB and member municipalities, to build a bungalow house to be built in cooperation with TDBB and Karatay Municipality in the complex of the “Nursery Home Center” which was built by the Emmaus International Solidarity Association in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to carry out “Mosque Minaret Construction Project” for the mosque located in International University of Sarajevo (IUS) Campus in cooperation with TDBB and Beykoz Municipality, to carry out the “Project for the Purchase of a Vehicle for Health Services” demanded by Pale (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality in cooperation with TDBB and Konya Metropolitan Municipality, to give financial support requested by Beyt Hanoun (Palestine) Municipality in cooperation with TDBB and its sister city Beykoz Municipality and to participate in the International Tomato Festival to be held by Mamusha (Kosovo) Municipality on 18 August 2021 in Kosovo.
After the meeting, Members of the Administrative Board visited Governor of Konya Vahdettin Özkan and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay in their offices.
TDBB Member Municipalities Regional Meeting was Held
On the occasion of the Administrative Board Meeting, the members in Konya came together with other TDBB Member Municipalities in the region at the working meeting on Friday, 30 July 2021.
TDBB Member Municipalities Regional Meeting was attended by TDBB Administrative Board Members and Mayor of Niğde Emrah Özdemir, Mayor of Karapınar Mehmet Yaka, Mayor of Güneyyurt Ahmet Arı, Mayor of Akşehir Dr. Salih Akkaya, Mayor of Karatay Hasan Kılca, Mayor of Meram Mustafa Kavuş, Mayor of Çeltik Ali Meşe, Mayor of Ayrancı Yüksek Büyükkarcı and Mayor of Sultanhanı Fahri Solak.
After the meetings, the program was completed after the historical and cultural places tour such as Konya Butterfly Valley, Sille Ancient City, Konya Science Center, Panorama Museum, Mevlana Museum, Garden of Ecdad and Sultans’ Tomb.