The training program on “Private Sector Contribution to Inclusive and Sustainable City Management”, organized in cooperation with the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), UNDP IICPSD and Association of Albanian Municipalities (AAM), with the contributions of UCLG-MEWA and Kibar Holding, was held on 23-24 November 2021 by video conference method. The program was participated by Local administrators and experts from different municipalities of Albania.

The Opening Session of the program was attended by UNDP IICPSD Deputy Director Gülçin Salingan, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, UNDP Albanian Deputy Resident Representative Nuno Queiros, Executive Director of Albanian Municipalities Association of Albanian Municipalities (AAM) Agron Haxhimali, Secretary General of CERM Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of UCLG-MEWA Mehmet Duman, Kibar Holding General Manager Göksal Güngör, Member of the Presidency Local Administrations Policies Board Prof. Dr. Tarkan Oktay and they shared their thoughts on the subject.

After the opening session, the program started with the presentation of Executive Director of Albanian Municipalities Association of Albanian Municipalities (AAM) Agron Haxhimali on “Municipal Work Analysis in Albania” and continued with the presentations titled as “Urbanization Challenge and Localizing SDGs”, “Engaging Private Sector for Inclusive Urbanization”, “Establishing Municipal Enterprises”, “Effective Management of MEs/Global Good Practices”, “Alternative Financing Mechanism for Local Authorities- Country/Regional and Global Perspective on Alternative Financing Mechanism Tools” and “Integrity Risks and Risk Management”. 

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

The Training Program was organized with the aim of providing sustainability, flexibility and inclusiveness in basic municipal service delivery to Local Authorities, encouraging and supporting the development of municipal enterprises for capacity building and strengthening at the local level. The program was structured as a technical modular seminar that provides a background on the basic concepts and recent developments in the urbanization process and explains how cities can be managed in an inclusive way. The program also aimed to explain the different models of the role of municipal enterprises in basic municipal services and to provide a comprehensive perspective on the legal framework.