The “International Silk Road Symposium from the Past to the Future”, in which the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) is among the supporting institutions, was held on 10-12 October 2022, hosted by Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University.

The opening session of the symposium was attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ankara Raşad Mammadov, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Ankara Kubanıçbek Ömüraliyev, Hungarian Ambassador to Ankara Viktor Mátis, Mayor of Altındağ Asım Balcı, Rector of Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University Prof. Dr. Yusuf Tekin, Undersecretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ankara Merey Mukajan, Undersecretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Ankara Avazbek Khodjimetov, Chairman of the Symposium Organizing Committee Prof. Dr. Orhan Kurtoğlu, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Turkish Historical Society Prof. Dr. Hatice Oruç and many other guests.

In his speech at the opening, Mayor of Altındağ Asım Balcı, a member of the Administrative Board of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), stated that he was happy to support such a symposium as Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB). Balcı said: “Union of Turkish World Municipalities is an organization that includes more than 1200 municipalities from Central Asia to the Balkans, from North Asia to the Mediterranean geography in more than thirty countries, and aims to develop cooperation between municipalities. In this respect, we see that supporting this scientific meeting coincides with our goals. I am the mayor of Ankara Altındağ Municipality and Ankara is a city located on the Silk Road and as you know with its historical and cultural structure, places such as Ankara Castle, Ulus, Samanpazarı and Ulucanlar are a region where trade was intensively processed and developed in the past. In this respect, Silk Road has provided a great function in the past period, especially for Ankara Goat fabric to reach world markets. This symposium is very important for our region. I would like to thank everyone who contributed.”

51 Academicians from Azerbaijan, South Korea, India, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan and 38 from 22 universities from Turkey participated in the symposium. In addition, while twenty-three online presentations were made at the symposium, four joint papers were read at the international level.

Two panels, “Silk Road in International Politics” and “Silk Road in the Axis of History, Culture and International Relations”, were held at the International Silk Road Symposium from the Past to the Future. In the symposium, Social, Humanities and Administrative Sciences (archaeology, history, economics, philosophy, communication, anthropology, geography, psychology, sociology, finance, business administration, public administration, international relations, art history, marketing, tourism, political science, local governments and environmental policies, etc.), philology, fine arts, law and theology were presented and speeches were made.

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