Although Cochin is surrounded by water, the city is still facing scarcity of clean drinking water. With Cochin’s population rising along with rapid urbanization, it is indeed an immediate priority for the city to develop the water infrastructure and management capabilities.
The city of Milwaukee of Mahattil, in this regard, has a well-established fresh water management system, which has paved way for a Sister City association with Cochin. Apart from being the largest cities in their respective states, both the cities share several attributes such as an active maritime port, distinguished educational institutions and diverse community, in addition to the great natural beauty each holds.
With an endeavor to establish a vibrant sister city relation between Milwaukee and Cochin city, letters of consent were exchanged between the cities and c-hed has been coordinating this program which is in its initial stages.
The c-hed had coordinated the entire CLGF project between the Cardiff City and the Cochin City with an aim to strengthen Cochin’s corporate governance and leadership capacity by developing a strategic policy framework which in turn was supported by increased technical expertise in service delivery.
The partnership agreement between Cardiff Council and the Kochi Municipal Corporation was initiated during the first scoping visit to Cochin in September 2006 by officers from Cardiff Council.
This visit provided the opportunity for discussions between Cardiff Officers and the Mayor of Cochin, the Secretary of the Kochi Municipal Corporation, key elected members and Cochin’s Project Manager in relation to key issues facing the city and the agreement around priority areas for collaboration. It also enabled a greater understanding of Cardiff’s expertise and experience of regeneration and governance models and also further discussion and confirmation of the priority areas for collaboration.
The Sister City Program aims at bringing two worlds together widening the growth options for Sister City and its residents. Studies, practices, investments can be done through the program. The need for acquiring knowledge and information regarding management of many sort-after heritage and environmental issues has led to this mutually beneficial Sister City program.
This program initiated and coordinated by c-hed, aims at fostering the commercial and entrepreneurial ties between the cities – Miami and Cochin, through the consolidation and development of an affable cooperation between both the cities. This partnership also focuses on acting as an efficient channel for information exchange, that will bring about an overall development and implementation of knowledge, allowing the sister cities to grow and advance in a better way. The Miami Sister City project is in its initial stages.
The biennial investor summit “Emerging Kerala” organized by the Government of Kerala saw the amalgamation of business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers. During this pinnacle the French city of Lorient had inked an agreement with the city of Cochin for exchanging good urban conservation and development practices.
This association will look into the various heritage activities in the city, organize technical workshops for incorporating heritage aspect in urban planning and holding national and international expert mission to Cochin / Lorient.
The partnership will also foster heritage-based sustainable development of Cochin through community participation, protection and conservation of the city’s cultural and natural resources.This project is now being co-ordinated and looked into by the c-hed. The project is in its initial stages.
The city of Cochin is a land of cultural diversity. From time immemorial, this land has attracted traders and seafarers who made Cochin their home. Today it has the most diversified society and is home to people from various ethnicity.
The Bavaria-Kochi Friendship home at Mundamveli is a fine example of this cultural multiplicity. This natural disaster relief settlement was jointly set up by the Kochi Municipal Corporation and various organizations in Bavaria State in Germany. And this joint cooperation led to close association between the city of Bavaria and Cochin resulting in a sister city relationship between the cities.
The c-hed had been co-ordinating this association.
Rightly called the Queen of the Watering Places, the twin cities of Brighton and Hove is a city with spectacular contrast, variety and vibrancy. There is a magnetic attraction to this city.
c-hed had coordinated the partnership with the twin town of Brighton and Hove in UK. As a result of which a partnership agreement between Brighton and Hove Council, UK and the Kochi Municipal Corporation was initiated to develop projects and use sustainable master plan for Cochin. This program had been designed under the Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme (CLGGPS), to support the exchange of experience and expertise between local authorities across the Commonwealth.
The partnership concentrated on sharing the experience of Brighton and Hove in developing a holistic tourism strategy, including street cleanliness, transport and checking air pollution. The association also focused on developing necessary skills and formulation of a tourism strategy for Cochin and a pledge for clean canals.
The city of Cochin has been associating with many cities across the globe in successful Sister City Relationships. A Sister City Relationship was established between the resort city of Pyatigorsk of Stavropol region of the Russian Federation and the city of Kochi of the Republic of India.
As a forerunner to this association, the Hon’ble Mayor of Cochin, Shri. Tony Chammany, the Standing Council Chairmen Mr.Vinod, Mr.Thyagarajan and Mr.Asharaf, and the Council Member from Opposition, Mr.Anilkumar, visited Pyatigorsk.They held a meeting with the Mayor of Pyatigorsk and with the Chairperson of the City Council (Duma) of Pyatigorsk, Ms. Ludmila Pokhilko. The two cities, geographically and politically distinct in nature, had agreed upon cooperating in major areas of health care, health tourism and education.
This Sister City Association was co-ordinated by c-hed.
A non-profit organization that has been working to promote local democracy in low and middle income countries, The Swedish International Center for Local Democracy ICLD aims to alleviate poverty, mainly through promoting democracy and democratic processes at local levels. For ICLD, local democracy principally concerns strengthening local institutions, issues regarding decentralization, local autonomy, citizen influence and collaboration between various participants.
ICLD serves as a Center of Knowledge providing International training program and initiating Municipal Partnership Programs to support development co-operation between Swedish municipalities, regions, county councils and similar bodies in about 20 developing countries.
A match making conference was organized by ICLD in order to explore the common challenges Indian and Sweden have at the local level and how to develop together to improve Service Delivery and amenities to its residents. The trip consisted of conferences, workshops and study visits in Cochin, Kerala. The Municipalities that participated from Sweden were Kumla, Lomma, Härryda and Malmö Municipality and the County of Värmland.
c-hed has been closely associating with ICLD for Muncipal Partnership Programme with the city of Cochin.
The Commonwealth Local Government Forum(CLGF) works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of best practice – through conferences and events, programs and projects, and research and information. Working with national and local governments, CLGF aims to support the development of democratic values and good local governance.
As a designated Commonwealth Organization, CLGF ensures that the voice of Local Government is heard within the Commonwealth and that they get the full support and recognition in the Commonwealth.
The c-hed has been associating with this prestigious organization for strengthening Cochin’s corporate governance and leadership capacity.
The Match Making Conference organized by ICLD, a part of Swedish International Development Agency, was attended by delegates from various municipalities of Sweden along with the officials and stakeholders of the Kochi Municipal Corporation. The Municipal Corporation Programme, consequent to this symposium, was initiated as the Municipalities of Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kochi Municipal Corporation.
The Municipal Partnership Program is a form of cooperation financed by Swedish International Development Agency designed to contribute to municipal and regional operations in high priority partnership countries in the form of result oriented projects.
One such successful Municipal cooperation began with the Municipality of Kumla. The city of Cochin had signed a memorandum of understanding with this city. Traditionally known as the shoe maker town with a history back to the first half of the 19th century, it is the seat of the larger Kumla Municipality.
As a forerunner to this partnership a web conference was convened, which was attended by the Hon’ble Mayor of Kumla Municipality along with Chief of Child Care and Education; Water Management and Waste Management, along with city’s International co-coordinator. The city of Cochin was represented by the Worshipful Mayor, Chief Engineer and Director of Center for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed). Discussions were held to identify the possible areas of cooperation both the cities could enter into.
The c-hed has been coordinating this program and the partnership is progressing.