Touring Exhibition Highlighting 60 Years of Indo-German Development Cooperation
Kochi: A touring exhibition commemorating 60 years of Indo-German Development Cooperation was opened at Municipal Corporation Town Hall here on February 25. The exhibition was jointly inaugurated by K R Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary, Transport, Govt. of Kerala; A P M Mohammad Hanish, MD, Kochi, Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. and Dr. Christoph Kessler, Director, KfW India.
The exhibition was launched in Delhi in November 2018 by Dr. C S Mohapatra, Additional Secretary (EA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Dr. Wolfram Klein, Head of South Asia Division, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Thereafter, it has travelled to Bengaluru in January and Chennai in February 2019, before reaching its final destination, Kochi, as part of its touring plan.
Organised jointly by the German development agencies Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW Development Bank, the exhibition featured interesting snippets from the history of development cooperation between India and Germany which began in 1958. These development agencies are also responsible for implementing bilateral cooperation on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other commissioning parties.
In his opening remarks Dr. Christoph Kessler, Director, KfW India reviewed the overall accomplishments India and Germany have achieved together through these years. While highlighting the projects in Kerala, he stated, “KfW and GIZ are jointly working on three focal areas: Energy, Sustainable Urban Development and Natural Resource Management. Kochi is a beautiful city and one of our flagship ones highlighting our contribution towards Kochi Metro Rail and Smart Cities Project against the backdrop of Indo-German Development Cooperation. The German government is also supporting the city for the Kerala Rebuild Initiative based on the principles of Build Back Better”
Speaking on the occasion, K R Jyothilal said, “Under Indo-German Development Cooperation, IIT Madras was setup that still is one of the finest institutes in the country. As an alumni of IIT Madras, I am a product of the first-ever Indo-German Development Cooperation. Dr. Kessler and I came in the city’s first electric auto to the venue, which is a great example of Indo-German cooperation and urban mobility in the city. Indo-German Development Cooperation will take us to greater heights and Kochi is the tip of the country where the three oceans meet and it will act as the power center in the 21st century”
A visibly enthusiastic A P M Mohammad Hanish said, “This is a great opportunity for the three German Agencies; GIZ, KfW and Fraunhofer Institute to work together for extensive development of this massive republic called India. I am extremely pleased to work with KfW for Kochi Rail Metro and GIZ for smart cities project that will transform Kochi’s urban landscape in the years to come.”