Mehmet Duman, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), Prof. Adem Esen and Emine Gökçe Yanık, UCLG-MEWA Project Officer, paid a visit to Dr. Yousaf Junaid, Pakistan Consul General in Istanbul. During the meeting, Mr. Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, provided information on the new management, publications and activities of UCLG-MEWA.
Mr. Duman also invited the Consul General to the UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau Meeting in Nablus, Palestine and called him to promote the participation to the meeting by the municipalities in Pakistan. Kindly welcoming this call, the Consul General committed to take action on the issue. Stating that the municipalities in Pakistan haven’t been playing an active role for the last 5 years and that the municipal system will develop after the regulations made 2 months ago; the Consul General said that he expects a more active participation from the municipalities in Pakistan in the forthcoming period.
The delegation also informed the Consul General about the ongoing works of UCLG-MEWA to update and extend the scope of the research made on the Local Governments Systems in the MEWA Region. Highlighting the importance of the research, Dr. Junaid said that after the necessary works are completed, the Consulate is ready to provide the necessary assistance for the accuracy and integrity of the data compiled in this process.
After the reciprocal wishes of good will, the meeting ended with a souvenir photo altogether.