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Milwaukee Sister City Program

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.

Association with Lorient City

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.


Association with Bavaria

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.

Association with city of Brighton & Hove

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.

Association with Pyatigorsk

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.



Cooperation with ICLD- Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy

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.

Sweden ICLD