The International Conference on Urban Politics, hosted by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Business and Economics Faculty, Department of Business Administration with the contributions of Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Urban, Environmental and Local Administration Politics took place on the 18th and 19th of September 2017. Within the scope of the “International Conference on Urban Politics”, The TRNC Urban Politics Workshop took place on Saturday, the 7th of October 2017 at the Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel Othello Meeting Room and was attended by TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı. In addition to President Akıncı, the workshop was attended by EMU Vice Rector for Administrative and Technical Affairs Prof. Dr. Özgür Eren, TRNC Ministry of Internal Affairs Undersecretary Gürkan Kara, Ministry of Internal Affairs Director Hüseyin Amcaoğlu, Ministry of Internal Affairs Local Administrations Director Dr. Türel Öksüzoğlu, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Urban Planning Office Director Türkmen Yiğitcan, Association of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities General Secretary Hüseyin Köle, local TRNC mayors and their representatives, Ankara University academic staff members, Honorary Head of the Conference Prof. Dr. Ruşen Keleş and Conference Chair Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Mengi.
“EMU Will Continue Contributing to Municipalities”
At the opening ceremony of the workshop Vice Dean of the EMU Business and Economics Faculty Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deniz İşçioğlu thanked President Akıncı, ministry, municipality and university representatives for their participation. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İşçioğlu indicated that the academic data and solution suggestions that emerge from the conference will be announced to the public via a press conference on Monday, the 9th of October 2017. Speaking after Assoc. Prof. Dr. İşçioğlu, Honorary Head of the Conference Prof. Dr. Ruşen Keleş stated that the conference is going very well and that the subjects of local administration and municipalism are being discussed in depth. In a speech of his own, EMU Vice Rector for Administrative and Technical Affairs Prof. Dr. Özgür Eren noted that EMU provides technical and engineering support for municipalities whose problems they witness first hand. Prof. Dr. Eren concluded by indicating that the university will continue to provide technical and engineering support to municipalities in the TRNC.
President Akıncı Shows Full Support to Workshop
Noting that he spent a large part of his political career as a local administrator, TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı stated that international conferences like this one on urban politics shed light on what needs to be done for politicians. Highlighting the importance of planning in urban politics, President Akıncı indicated that coming up with the best plan regarding what should be done with the approximately 1.5 million acres of public land in the TRNC is what we owe future generations. President Akıncı concluded by thanking all involved in the organization of the International Conference on Urban Politics also stating his full support.
After the opening speeches, all mayors starting with Association of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities President Ahmet Y. Benli contributed to the TRNC Urban Politics Workshop.