Opening the door to cooperation: Mayors of Sarajevo and Doha signed the Twinning Agreement between the two cities

Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar are twin cities from now on.

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the Mayor of Doha Jamal Matar Al Naimi have signed the Twinning Agreement between the two cities in a ceremony in Qatar. The signing was attended by the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić and the Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Naser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The Twinning Agreement has set the framework for improvement of relations and extension of cooperation in different fields ranging from economy and development to culture and sport exchange between the two capital cities.

Doha is a city with over 1.3 million inhabitants and it is one of the world’s financial and investment centers. Establishing connections with Sarajevo is a big step towards strengthening ties not only between cities but also between peoples and countries as a whole.

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka had stressed at the start of his mandate that the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina would strive to establish twin city relationships with state capital cities first and foremost, with the intention of achieving visible benefits for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Mayor Skaka headed the Sarajevo city delegation during the official visit to Muscat, capital city of Sultanate Oman


Upon invitation by Mohsin Mohamed Al-Shaikh, the Mayor of Muscat, the capital city of Sultanate Oman, the delegation of the City of Sarajevo, headed by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka paid an official three-day visit to the capital city of Sultanate Oman. This visit was the result of previously established contacts between the two mayors.

Apart from the representatives of the City of Sarajevo, the delegation consisted of representatives of Bosnian and Herzegovinian businesses who had the opportunity to present the potentials of our country in the field of tourism, food industry, wood processing industry, construction and banking during the visit.

“With this visit the City of Sarajevo has opened the doors for our entrepreneurs to cooperate with Oman which has shown great interest in our country. The hosts showed their interest in projects from different fields with a focus on tourism, education and investments, as evident from the meeting with Abdulsalam Al-Murshidi General Manager of the State General Reserve Fund and Investment and Development Agency” stressed Mayor Skaka.

A return visit is expected to take place in the forthcoming period to present the natural resources and development possibilities in the fields of energy, agriculture, food industry and tourism through specific projects.

This successful visit, implemented in cooperation with the BBI VIP Business Club, has once again shown that Sarajevo is a brand that can open the doors of cooperation across the world, as well as that Sarajevo has all the potentials to become the economic, social and educational hub of Southeast Europe through strategic action.

The Delegation of the Chinese city of Tianjin paid a visit to Sarajevo – sister city relations to be strengthened to mutual benefit


City of Sarajevo officials headed by the Mayor Abdulah Skaka welcomed the high level delegation of the City of Tianjin, our sister city in China headed by Zhao Haishan, Deputy Mayor. The reception was also attended by the Ambassador of PR China Chen Bo.

For more than 30 years the City of Sarajevo has nurtured sister city relations with this Chinese city.

Among other things, Mayor Skaka emphasized very good cooperation that the City of Sarajevo has with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sarajevo.

-Our countries, peoples and cities have a friendly relationship, and for the past few years cooperation has been established in different fields, especially in the field of science, education and development of modern technologies. We are convinced that this communication and cooperation can be more concrete and brought to an even higher level to our mutual benefit.

He stressed that the focus of future cooperation will be in the field of tourism, culture and education. Furthermore, they discussed the need of better transport connections and establishment of direct plane flights, and visa liberalization.

The guests invited the City of Sarajevo to participate in a great international event, similar to the World economic Forum in Davos, which will be organized at the end of June this year in Tianjin.

What is more, Sarajevo was invited to participate at the International Tourism Fair in Tianjin to be held at the end of the year. The Chinese delegation was comprised of representatives of institutions of the city of Tianjin responsible for foreign affairs, trade and sport.


Mayor Abdulah Skaka met with the Ambassador of United Kingdom H.E. Edward Ferguson

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with the UK Ambassador H.E. Edward Ferguson today, and the main topic of discussion was the project „Connecting Cities of the United Kingdom and Western Balkans through Digital Technology“ (Digital Cities) funded by the UK government, and implemented by the British Council.

Namely, at the end of January an event will be held in London with the emphasis on connecting cities, cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of digital technologies. This programme will connect 12 cities from across United Kingdom with 12 cities from Western Balkans. The Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital is among the 12 cities from the region nominated for this programme. Mayor Skaka informed the Ambassador about the preparatory activities of the city of Sarajevo, emphasizing that the Smart City Project is among the top 10 priorities, and that it had been adopted as such as part of the document „City of Sarajevo Policy“ for the period 2016-2020.

Ambassador Ferguson stressed that the Embassy of the United Kingdom has initiated the project, the goal of which is to support the development of the digital sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that in this project the cities have a very important role in terms of connecting businesses, educational institutions and public administrations. Furthermore, one of the discussed topics was the need to establish a direct flight between London and Sarajevo with the goal of improving communication and business links, particularly to promote tourist potential.

In view of the determination of the city administration to specifically strengthen cooperation and partner relations with capital cities of Europe and the world, the two sides agreed to undertake specific activities with the goal of strengthening ties and cooperation in the forthcoming period between the capital cities of the United Kingdom and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


The City of Sarajevo provided support for the Diplomatic Winter Bazaar and it will have a stand with traditional Bosnian products and souvenirs there


The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar, one of the greatest humanitarian events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will be held on Saturday December 9, from 11.00 to 16.00 hours at the „Mirza Delibašić“ sports hall in Sarajevo.

This year the Diplomatic Winter Bazaar will gather embassies and international organisations from Bosnia and Herzegovina who have come together to help children in need across Bosnia and Herzegovina. The City of Sarajevo supported this noble event, at which Ms Majda Skaka, the wife of the Mayor Abdulah Skaka, will also take part.

The Winter Diplomatic Bazaar is an opportunity for visitors to taste food and buy souvenirs from across the world, and the spouses of ambassadors and diplomatic representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, among others, take part in this event. The City of Sarajevo’s stand will offer traditional Bosnian and Herzegovinian products, souvenirs, literature, postcards of Sarajevo, with the aim of collecting as much funds as possible for humanitarian purposes.

This year around 40 embassies and international organisations, and around 60 non-governmental organisations will participate in the bazaar. The ticket price will be 5 BAM. Entrance will be free for children under 10 accompanied by an adult, and free activities designed especially for “little princesses and princes” will be in store for them.


Sarajevo and Central Administrative District of Moscow signed a Cooperation Protocol

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the Prefect of the Central Administrative District of Moscow  Vladimir Goverdovskiy signed the Protocol on Cooperation in the City Hall with the goal of strengthening the existing relations and developing friendly ties.  The Protocol foresees cooperation in the field of education, culture, sport and tourism, and the exchange of experiences and delegations of experts in the field of utilities and town-planning.

“The Protocol  marks the official beginning of cooperation between our administrations. The next step will be to exchange information and positive experiences, which would serve as basis for development and implementation of specific projects of mutual interest”, stressed the Mayor of Sarajevo.


Skaka suggested holding a concert of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in the City Hall.

They also discussed participation at tourism festivals  in Sarajevo and Moscow, in order for their citizens, guests and tourists to get to know the cultural-historic and natural resources of the two cities.

On this occasion, it was agreed  for the Russian journalist to come to Sarajevo, to do a report on the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in that way bring closer the beauty, life and customs of our city which is currently listed among the top 20 most desirable and most visited tourist destinations in Europe.

Prefect Vladimir Goverdovskiy said that the Central Administrative District of Moscow is open for cooperation with Sarajevo in the field of culture and tourism. “We are also interested in projects in the field of utility services” stressed Goverdovskiy  thanking for the exceptional welcome in Sarajevo.

The signing of the Protocol was attended by the Chairman of the Sarajevo City Council Igor Gavrić, Deputies of the Mayor of Sarajevo Ivica Šarić and Milan Trivić, and Deputies of the Prefect of Central Administrative District of Moscow, Sergey Travkin and Andrey Prishchepov.


Mayor Skaka received the award-winning students

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received and presented the money awards to students and  teachers from primary schools “Grbavica” and “Fatima Gunić”, whose drawings won prizes and are put on display at the offices of the City Administration of the friendly City of Hiroshima and the Embassy of Japan in Sarajevo, today at the Sarajevo City Administration.

djeca nagrade (4)Namely, the prize-winning drawings by the six students from the two Sarajevo primary schools were presented at the ceremony where the Stone for Peace from Hiroshima was handed over to the City of Sarajevo, held in June this year at the National Museum.

Mayor Skaka congratulated the young artists and their teachers :”I am convinced that you will continue to contribute with your skills and energy to the affirmation of the City of Sarajevo and your homeland Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Skaka adding that this represents a continuation of good cooperation between the City of Sarajevo and primary schools.


djeca nagrade (13)The winners of the first prize were students from primary school “Grbavica I”: Nedim Kanlić, Amar Dizdarević, Misala Kozica and Merjem Višnjić. The second prize went to Asja Festa, and the third to Aida Lemešević from primary school “Fatima Gunić”. Their teachers Senad Begić and Anđa Vuković were also presented with awards.

The principals of primary schools “Grbavica I” and “Fatima Gunić”, Omer Begović and Hajrudin Ćuprija used this opportunity to express their gratitude for this type of support, particularly to Mayor Skaka, considering that this is the first time that the  teachers were also awarded for their efforts.




Delegation from Friedrichshafen visited „Omer Maslić“health clinic


During their stay in Sarajevo, the multi-member delegation from Friedrichshafen accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Milan Trivić paid a visit today to “Omer Maslić” health clinic. Administration and citizens of Friedrichshafen allocated substantial financial funds.

“You had shown great humanity and understanding and offered a helping hand at the hardest time for us. You enabled the reconstruction of the health clinic building and once again opened the door to our health workers and users of health services with the best working conditions”, said Dr. Zumreta Bihorac-Kučuk, director of the “Omer Maslić” health clinic.

This sister city has the intention to finance the installation of an elevator in Novo sarajevo health clinic for persons with disabilities and mothers with children, and the necessary project documents are being prepared to this end.

The today’s meeting with the representatives of Friedrichshafen was attended by the head of Municipality Novo Sarajevo, Nedžad Koldžo.

45 years of exceptionally fruitful cooperation between sister cities

“The city administrations of Sarajevo and Friedrichshafen will continue the exceptionally fruitful and quality cooperation between the two sister cities which has lasted for 45 years”, stressed the Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Milan Trivić, who hosted the reception of the multi-member delegation of this German city today at the City Hall.

Deputy Mayor Trivić thanked the Administration, citizens and the Association “Pro Sarajevo” from this friendly city on their assistance provided during the war, particularly for the donations to the”Omer Maslić” health clinic  and “Bjelave” children’s home after the war.

2“Sarajevo takes great pride in the long-lasting and rich partnership with Friedrichshafen, which was filled with numerous activities and mutual visits involving students, artists,athletes, entrepreneurs, as well as citizens and officials from the two cities. I believe that we will come up with ides and projects for the development of the new and the improvement of existing ties” – stressed Trivić.

According to the Deputy Mayor of Friedrichshafen Dr. Wolfgang Sigg “around one thousand citizens of Sarajevo and Friedrichshafen have paid exchange visits to the two cities so far. This successful story should continue in the future, because it is important for our citizens to meet, get to know each other and become friends”.

City of Friedrichshafen donated funds for the Youth House-Blagovac in Vogošća

The children and Administration of Children’s Home Bjelave hosted today the multi-member delegation of our German sister City Friedrichshafen, who are visiting Sarajevo within the framework of their regular study tour.

On this occasion, Deputy Mayor of Friedrichshafen Dr. Wolfgang Sigg and President of the citizens’ association “Pro Sarajevo” Bernd Fuchs presented a donor check of 4.600 euros to the director of the Children’s Home Bjelave Saudin Đurđević. These funds are intended for installation of central heating in the Youth House- Blagovac in Vogošća, which is a part of the Children’s Home “Bjelave”.


Amina Deljković, Assistant to Mayor for Education, Culture and Sport expressed appreciation for this valuable donation on behalf of the City of Sarajevo and the Mayor Abdulah Skaka, stressing the exceptional friendship, respect and solidarity between the two cities and their citizens which are continuing for 45 years.

“We are particularly pleased  to provide assistance to an institution which provides shelter and protection for these children” stressed Dr. Sigg adding that these funds were provided by the members of association “Pro Sarajevo” through numerous fundraising sales.

Within the framework of their  visit  to our capital city, the delegation from Friedrichshafen will have a meeting in the Sarajevo City Administration and go on a tour of the “Omer Maslić” Health Clinic.