ISTANBUL (AA) – Anadolu Agency’s “training course in local administration” in association with the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) has ended Friday in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district.
The course, which trained local municipal personnel from the Balkans and Central Asian countries, featured theory and practical subjects in journalism. The course was taught in English but will offer Russian translation to the students as well.
Some 20 countries participated in the training, including Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, and Mongolia.
During the four-day course, a group of 20 participants who are working for municipalities’ press and public relations units benefited from Anadolu Agency’s experience.
At the closing ceremony, News Academy Deputy Coordinator Hayri Cetinkus said, “The program is committed to transmit its 96 years of experience as well as news writing.” Fahri Solak, the municipalities’ group general secretary, stressed the role of the media in transmitting knowledge of local administrative service. “This program has shown an example of coexistence of intercultural dialogue” he added.
Chairman of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and mayor of Kecioren district of Ankara Mustafa Ak said, this program also provides sharing experience of mayors as well as other projects.”
A representative of a Somali municipality Addulkader Mohammad said he benefitted from the training while Montenegro’s representative Milos Bukeylovic shared his feelings thorough the course.