The International Council for Justice, Equality and Peace (COJEP International) conducted the âCivil Society Capacity Building Programâ in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TÄ°KA).
The program brought together more than a hundred non-governmental organizations operating in the country, as well as Modero Nsimba Matondo, Minister of Tourism of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In his opening speech, Ali GedikoÄlu, president of the COJEP International, said that a just world can only be achieved through the solidarity and cooperation of non-governmental organizations and that they have continued their efforts to organize the International Civil Solidarity Forums in Kinshasa, the capital of the Republic. Democratic Republic of the Congo; Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh; and Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, next year.
Noting that they carried out a capacity building program for non-governmental organizations in Kinshasa with the support of TÄ°KA, GedikoÄlu said: “COJEP built his United States, Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Middle East and Balkans and designated coordinators. It organizes events titled âDoing Something for a Just World: The Year of Africa and Asiaâ with the help of these coordinators, and organizes international conferences on âThe role of civil society in global issues âthrough its African, Central Asian and Middle Eastern focal points.
“Turkey has proven itself and created a unique model”
Minister Matondo noted that although the European Union (EU) made Turkey wait for years but did not admit it, Turkey has proven itself and created a unique model. Minister Matondo said: âAs you know, it is not easy for politicians to speak out in front of civil society. Nevertheless, I am happy to see you all here today. The Democratic Republic of the Congo must develop with civil society. In this context, I would like to thank COJEP and TÄ°KA to join us today. They are two important and powerful organizations in Turkey.
âAs you know, I recently made an official visit to Turkey with our president. The EU made Turkey wait for years but did not admit it. Yet Turkey has proven itself and created a unique model. TÄ°KA is an example of such efforts. In the same way, COJEP, which has opened an official representative office in Kinshasa, the capital, is expected to continue operations here. COJEP will play a major role in helping our civil society to open up to the world. Our relations with Turkey will certainly improve, because President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan made a promise on this matter. “
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