Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) January Board of Directors Meeting was held in Istanbul, hosted by Zeytinburnu Municipality, on January 24, 2024, with the participation of local administrators from 8 different countries (Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, TRNC, North Macedonia, Lebanon, Uzbekistan and Turkey)

The meeting chaired by TDBB and Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay was hosted by Zeytinburnu Mayor Ömer Arısoy, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Board members, Albania Local Governments Institute General Manager Agron Haxhımalı, Azerbaijan City Municipalities Association President Temraz Tağıyev, Bosnia and Herzegovina Novi Grad Mayor Semir Efendic, Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Union President Mahmut Özçınar, North Macedonia Tetovo Mayor Bilal Kasami, Lebanon Dannieh Municipalities Union President Muhammed Sadıeh, Uzbekistan Mahallabay Labor and Entrepreneurship Development Agency Deputy Chairman Mukhtor Shonazarov, Kilis Mayor Servet Ramazan, Altınova ( Yalova) Mayor Metin Oral, Bağcılar (Istanbul) Mayor Abdullah Özdemir, Başiskele (Kocaeli) Mayor Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Bayrampaşa (Istanbul) Mayor Atila Aydıner, Karatay (Konya) Mayor Hasan Kılca, Osmangazi (Bursa) Mayor Mustafa Dündar, Pendik Mayor Ahmet Cin, Selçuklu (Konya) Mayor Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Şehzadeler (Manisa) Mayor Ömer Faruk Çelik and Tavşanlı (Kütahya) Mayor Mustafa Güler attended.

Before the meeting, a cooperation protocol was signed by TDBB President Uğur İbrahim Altay and Uzbekistan Mahallabay Labor and Entrepreneurship Development Agency Deputy President Mukhtor Shonazarov.

The meeting continued with TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak discussing the work carried out since the Board of Directors meeting on 20 October 2023 and the issues on the agenda.

Upon the request of our TDBB Palestine members, to provide aid to Palestine under the coordination of TDBB and with the support of Turkish member municipalities and in cooperation with relevant institutions of Turkey, in order to support the basic human needs such as municipal services, food, fuel and water needed by the Palestinian people, Under the coordination of TDBB, Navoi (Uzbekistan) Municipality and Zeytinburnu Municipality; Kattakurgan (Uzbekistan) Municipality and Beykoz Municipality; Kavaje (Albania) Municipality and Karatay (Konya) Municipality; Sauran (Kazakhstan) Municipality and Karatay (Konya) Municipality to carry out studies to establish a sister city relationship between them, In cooperation with TDBB, member municipalities and municipal unions in Turkey, to organize an experience sharing program for the Kyrgyzstan Union of Local Governments, to develop cooperation between TDBB and Azerbaijan Youth Fund and to carry out studies to implement joint projects and activities, to develop relations between local governments of Turkey and Kazakhstan. Signing a “Cooperation Protocol” between the Union of Kazakhstan Municipalities and TDBB in order to develop and implement joint projects and activities, accepting the request of the Turkish Religious Foundation Islamic Research Center (ISAM) to present TDBB publications in pdf format to the readers in the ISAM Library, TDBB will support the monthly expenses of the dormitory built in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 67 students stay, throughout 2024, Within the scope of the TDBB Graduate Students Support Program, our Union will support the thesis studies of the students determined by interview by the High Advisory Board, the membership application of Davlatabad (Uzbekistan) Municipality will be accepted and the next TDBB Board of Directors Meeting will be held in Istanbul in April 2024, hosted by Pendik Municipality.

The meeting ended with a group photo taking after exchanging gifts.

Members of the Board of Directors visited Zeytinburnu Mayor Ömer Arısoy in his office and also saw the work of Zeytinburnu Municipality on the field.