Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) January Administrative Board Meeting was held in Manisa, hosted by Şehzadeler Municipality, on 19 January 2022 with the participation of local administrators from 4 different countries (Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey).

The meeting, chaired by President of TDBB and also Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, was attended by Hosting Mayor of Şehzadeler Ömer Faruk Çelik, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Administrative Board Members, Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem Yüce, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mayor of Novi Grad Semir Efendiç, Mayor of Kilis Municipality Servet Ramazan, Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı, Mayor of Başiskele Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner, Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, Mayor of Pendik Ahmet Cin, Mayor of Silivri Volkan Yılmaz, Mayor of Selçuklu Ahmet Pekyatımcı, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Ömer Arısoy, Deputy General Manager of Kyrgyzstan Local Governments State Agency Ramis Alikulov and Mayor of Karatay Hasan Kılca.

The meeting continued with TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak’s giving information about the projects carried out since the Administrative Board Meeting on October 27, 2021 and the agenda, and discussion of the agenda items.

Within this framework, it was decided to realize the Project of Buying a Shuttle Bus for Srebrenica Student Dormitory requested by Bosnia and Herzegovina Emmaus Solidarity Association, in cooperation with TDBB and Selçuklu Municipality, to realize the Project of Covering the Annual Education Expenses of the 20 Students Remaining in the Srebrenica Student Dormitory requested by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Emmaus Solidarity Association in cooperation with TDBB and Selçuklu Municipality, to organize a technical inspection trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2022 with a delegation consisting of TDBB, Bursa Metropolitan and Karatay (Konya) Municipality upon the invitation of Olovo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality, to realize the “Restoration Project of the Foundation Building Affiliated to the Islamic Union” requested by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Trebinje Islamic Union in cooperation with TDBB and Karatay (Konya) Municipality, to organize an experience sharing program for Kyrgyzstan State Mortgage Joint Stock Company and related Kyrgyzstan institutions in cooperation with TDBB, member municipalities and relevant organizations in Turkey (TOKI etc.), to organize an information and experience sharing program for TDBB Kyrgyzstan member municipalities in cooperation with TDBB and member municipalities in 2022, to provide participation by TDBB in the “Local Governments Conference” to be held in Kyrgyzstan between 28 February – 04 March 2022 and support for the participation of the city planner to make a presentation at the conference, to carry out work on strengthening the relations between Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek Metropolitan and Osh Municipalities and their sister cities in Turkey under the coordination of TDBB, to organize joint projects and activities due to the election of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality as the “2022 Capital of Culture of the Turkic World”, to realize The “Turkish World Music Event” proposed by the International Traditional Music Council to be held in Bursa in 2022, in cooperation with Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and TDBB, to support the monthly expenses of the dormitory building in Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina built by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Emmaus Solidarity Association for 2022 by TDBB, to conduct studies on strengthening the relations between Özgen (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality and its sister cities Bolu, Toroslar (Mersin) and Yıldırım (Bursa) under the coordination of TDBB, to realize the “Fence Project Around the Complex Containing Historical Artifacts from the Karakhanid Period” requested by Özgen (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality in cooperation with TDBB and its sister municipalities, to accept the proposal to develop cooperation with TDBB requested by the Somali Ministry of Interior, to carry out work on establishing a sister city relationship between Mogadishu (Somalia) Municipality and Konya Metropolitan Municipality under the coordination of TDBB, to work on establishing a sister city relationship between Taş-Kömür (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality and Zonguldak and Soma (Manisa) Municipalities under the coordination of TDBB, to carry out studies on establishing sister city relations between Gracanica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Municipality and Gebze (Kocaeli) Municipality under the coordination of TDBB, to carry out work on establishing a sister city relationship between Beşiktaş (Istanbul) Municipality and Turkistan (Kazakhstan) Municipality under the coordination of TDBB, to carry out work on establishing a sister city relationship between Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) Metropolitan Municipality and Konya Metropolitan Municipality under the coordination of TDBB, to work on the visit program planned to be carried out to Turkey in March 2022 by the Gaza (Palestine) Metropolitan Municipality, to work on the development of cooperation between TDBB and Ohrid (North Macedonia) Municipality and discussing joint project opportunities, to carry out work on holding the 6th Ordinary General Assembly and Local Administrations Conference of TDBB in Istanbul between 03 and 05 June 2022, to publish the proceedings book of the international conference on “Talas War and Its Place in World History” held between 10-11 September 2021, in cooperation with TDBB and Kyrgyzstan Talas University, among TDBB publications, to work on strengthening the relations between Talas (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality and its sister cities Talas (Kayseri) and Iznik (Bursa) under the coordination of TDBB.

After the meetings, the program was completed with the delegation’s visit to the Şehzadeler Municipality, the works of the municipality, and the historical and cultural sites of Manisa.