“Palestine Gaza Member Municipalities Information and Experience Sharing Program”, organized by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) in cooperation with Şahinbey, Esenler, Sancaktepe, and Ümraniye Municipalities, was held in Istanbul and Şahinbey (Gaziantep) on 12-17 December 2022.

The program was attended by Mayor of Gaza Municipality and President of Union of Gaza Strip Municipalities Yahya R. Sarraj, Mayor of Maghazi Hatem S. ElGhamri, Mayor of Al Zahra Marwan M. Hamad, Mayor of Khan Younis Alaaeddin M. S. Albatta, Deputy Director of Water and Environment of Gaza Municipality Anwar S. M. Aljondi, Khan Younis Municipality Health and Environment Manager Omar Mohammed Omar Matar, Khan Younis Municipality Technical Affairs Manager Mohammed A. H. Alfarra, Khan Younis Municipality Private Secretary Saad M. A. Ashour, Rafah Municipality R&D Manager Abdel Kader Y. A. Dorgham and Rafah Municipality Plannning and Project Manager Mohammed S. H. Sarhan.

On the first day of the program, on 13 December 2022, the delegation visited Ümraniye Municipality and met with Mayor İsmet Yıldırım. After the meeting in which the works and projects of Ümraniye Municipality were explained, the delegation listened to the presentation on “City Planning Projects and Geographic Information System” and then made a field trip.

In the afternoon of the same day, the delegation visited Sancaktepe Municipality. Afterwards, a presentation named “Zero Waste Project” and “Social Aid Works” was given to the delegation and a field trip was made.

On the second day of the program, the delegation visited Esenler Municipality and listened to the presentation on “Urban Planning Projects and Smart City” and then a field trip was made.

In the afternoon of the same day, the delegation visited TDBB and met with Secretary General Fahri Solak. The participants, who shared their evaluations about the program, stated that the experience sharing program was very beneficial for them and suggested that the relevant personnel of their municipalities receive expert training in Turkey. After the speeches, certificates were presented to the participants and a souvenir photo was taken.

The program continued with the delegation’s visit to Gaziantep, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, on Thursday, December 15, 2022. After the visit, a presentation on “Urban Transformation Projects and Social Housing Production” was made to the delegation and a field visit was made. On the second day of Gaziantep program, the delegation listened to Şahinbey Municipality’s presentation on “Solid Waste and Water Management Studies” and made a field trip to Şahinbey Municipality Park, Garden and Green Area applications.

After visiting the historical and cultural sites of Gaziantep, the program ended with the participants returning to their country.