Doha will host the 16th General Conference of the Arab Towns Organisation (ATO) from 14 to 16 May. It was originally intended to hold the meeting in Aleppo, Syria, but the deteriorating political situation there has scuppered this plan.
A joint meeting has been held yesterday to discuss arrangements for the meeting in Doha.
It was attended by Director of Doha Municipality Mohamed Ahmed Al Sayid, Director of Public Relations and Communications at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning Omar Al Yafei, Director of ATO Award Yacob Yusouf Al Mass, ATO Technical Office Director Abdul Rahman Al Duaij, and ATO Director of Financial Affairs Khaled Al Badawi.
ATO describes itself as an an apolitical, non-religious and non-governmental regional organisation. It was establishehed in Kuwait on 15 March 1976, and specialises in the affairs of towns and municipalities.
Its goals include the preservation of the identity of the Arab city, the reinforcement of the Arab local authorities and to encourage decentralisation, raising the level of municipal services and utilities in Arab cities and to foster cooperation and exchange of expertise between Arab cities.