Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) October Administrative Board Meeting was held in Gaziantep on 25 October 2017 Wednesday, hosted by Şahinbey Municipality with the participation of Local Authorities from 5 different countries.

The meeting under the chairmanship of President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, was participated by Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak, TDBB Administrative Board Members Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, President of Union of Azerbaijan Municipalities Temraz Tağıev, Deputy President of Kyrgyzstan Local Governments State Agency Esenbek Toganbaev, Mayor of Nalaikh (Mongolia) Khaan Sharavkhaan, Mayor of Güzelyurt (TRNC) Mahmut Özçınar, Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek, Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üüzlmez, Mayor of Keçiören Mustafa Ak, Mayor of Sancaktepe İsmail Erdem, Mayor of Gebze Adnan Köşker and Mayor of Hendek İrfan Püsküllü.

Before the meeting, TDBB Administrative Board Members congratulated President of Union of Azerbaijan Municipalities Temraz Tağıev for being selected to TDBB Administrative Board membership. Later on the agenda topics were discussed, information was given about the activities that took place since the last Administrative Board meeting on 19 July 2017 and the agenda topics and planned organizations were decided.

Within this framework it was decided to organize “Stationery Support” Project for the needy students in Zeytinburnu district cooperatively by TDBB and Zeytinburnu Municipality, to carry out the restoration Project of ‘Çadır-Lunga Cultural House’ in Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region Çadır Lunga city with the cooperation of TDBB cooperatively with the its sister city İzmit Municipality, to participate the handover ceremony of fire truck to Macedonia Jupa Municipality bought with the support of TDBB and Altınova Municipality, to plan ‘Bosnia and Herzegovina Gorajde City Center Construction’ Project with the historical Gorajde Bridge and to give support by TDBB and TDBB Members, to support Experience Sharing Program for the educators coming from Kyrgyzstan within the framework of “Village Kindergartens Project” carried out by Roza Otunbaeva International Association, to carry out “International Historical Waterway Cities Meeting” in 2018 with the coordination of TDBB, to carry out projects within the framework of “Human Rights Cities Project” with the cooperation of Raoul Wallenberg Institute, to participate in “III. International Investment Forum” that will be made in Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region between 04-05 November 2017, to organize information and experience sharing programs for Kyrgyzstan member municipalities between 19-25 November 2017, for Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region municipalities between 10 and 16 December 2017, expert training program for Kyrgyzstan Local Governments and Ethnic Relations State Agency staff in January of 2018, expert training and information and experience sharing programs for Azerbaijan in February and March of 2018, information and experience sharing program for Mongolia member municipalities in 2018, to support the PhD studies of Ankara University PhD Student Cem Akgür, Marmara University PhD student Muhlisahon Rustamova and Selçuk University PhD student Mujiburahman Timur by TDBB within the framework of TDBB Master and PhD Dissertations, to support ‘East Doboj Martyrs Monument’ that is planned to be built in Bosnia and Herzegovina Doboj Istok by TDBB and TDBB Members and to inform Turkey’s coordination institution, TIKA Presidency, TDBB’s development assistance and foreign assistance activities that took place in 2017.

International and Domestic New Members

Besides in the meeting the membership requests of Emet (Kütahya), Celic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Donji Vakuf (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Novi Pazar (Serbia Sandzak), Roskevec (Albania) Municipalities were approved.

Next Administrative Board Meeting will be in Kartepe

It was decided in the meeting that next Administrative Board meeting in January of 2018 will be made in Kocaeli, with the hosting of Kartepe Municipality.

After the present-giving ceremony, the mayors examined the urban transformation projects of Şahinbey Municipality on site. TDBB Administrative Board Members also visited Green Valley, as the largest park of Turkey with 1.700.000 square meters area made by Şahinbey Municipality and saw other historical places.