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Administrative Board Meeting of Union of Turkish World Municipalities was held in TRNC on 22 July 2015, hosted by Union of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities and Güzelyurt Municipality.

The meeting, under the chairmanship President of Union and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, was attended by President of Union of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities and also Mayor of Gönyeli Ahmet Benli, Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak, Co-presidents of TDBB-Mehdi Selimzade (Azerbaijan), Mahmut Özçınar (TRNC), Gazımbek Kazalpysbayev on behalf of Kazakhstan Co-President State Governor Krımbek Kuşerbayev; Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Burhanettin Kocamaz, Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek, Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Gebze Adnan Köşker and Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üüzlmez.

In the opening speech of the meeting, President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu stated his pleasure to have the Administrative Board meeting of TDBB in TRNC, and wished it would be a beneficial one for all. He also mentioned the importance of making the meeting in TRNC, and thanked to Ahmet Benli, President of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities and also Mayor of Gönyeli, for his contribution to the organization.

On the other hand, President of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities and also Mayor of Gönyeli Ahmet Benli underlined the pleasure of hosting TDBB Administrative Board and representatives of member countries in TRNC, and gave brief information on TRNC. Benli pointed out that TRNC is a country of universities and tourism, and it has been also having political problems for long years. He also indicated that it was an important event for such a country to host a world-class organization, and emphasized the honor he felt for welcoming Union of Turkish World Municipalities’ Administrative Board Meeting.

150 Wheel Chairs from TDBB

After wishing the meeting would be beneficial for the guests Benli thanked to TDBB which granted 150 wheel chairs for the disabled and elderly in TRNC, with the board’s decision. In the meeting, members of administrative board of member countries gave various presents to Karaosmanoğlu and Benli.     

TDBB Delegation Goes to Mongolia

During the meeting, the activities that took place since the last meeting were evaluated and the projects that were planned to be carried out for the coming months were discussed. In this framework, subjects like the expert training program for the staff of El-Halil Municipality, in cooperation with Keçiören Municipality; the applied training program for experts coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with Olovo Municipality, one of our members from Bosnia and Herzegovina; TDBB’s publication of Turkish translation of Russian book “Tartarica” which was published first by Tatarstan Sciences Academy History Institute; the preparation of “World War Two and Turkish World” book and support of TDBB for the publication; upon the invitation of Union of Mongolian Local Governments and our member from Mongolia Sainshand Municipality, the official visit to Mongolia between 03 and 11 August 2015 with a delegation representing TDBB; the support of TDBB to “16. International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival” organized between 09 and 11 October 2015 by our member Safranbolu Municipality; and the support of TDBB to “19. Turkish World Days” organized between 23 and 25 August 2015 by our member Kastamonu Municipality, were discussed.

After the meeting “TRNC Member Municipalities Meeting” was held with the participation of our member municipalities in TRNC. Afterwards Hala Sultan Training Complex, to which TDBB contributed for construction, was visited.

New National and International Members

The membership applications of Çubuk Ankara) Municipality, Kazakhstan Karatau Municipality, Kazakhstan Arys Municipality and Kazakhstan Karmakşı Municipality were accepted.