Kochi, India became Norfolk’s 8th Sister City in September 2010. Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi (formerly called Cochin) is one of the principal seaports of India and the commercial hub of the tropical state of Kerala in southwest India. It has a population of 596.5 thousand, with a metropolitan population of about 1.3 million, making it the largest urban agglomeration in the state. Kochi is home to the Indian Navy’s Southern Command, has a vibrant commercial and naval shipbuilding and repair industry, and is an important tourism center and cruise ship destination due to its proximity to the world-famous Kerala backwaters and own colonial-era landmarks.
Kochi entered a period of economic growth after 2000, leading to a spurt in the city’s development and making it one of the fastest growing second-tier cities in India. Kochi has long had one of the best educated populations in India. This and the establishment of the world-class Infopark-Kochi have helped the city become a magnet for IT companies.
- Official out-bound delegation to Kochi for Official Twinning Ceremony, September 4, 2010
- Physicians for Peace and EVMS send students to Kochi, Summer 2011
- Official in-bound delegation to Kochi for Twinning Celebration in Norfolk 2011, September 10-18, 2011
- Gala Dinner Co-sponsored by City of Norfolk, celebrating Kochi, India and Norfolk’s twinning, September 2011
- India Fest Honoree celebrating NSCA’s sister city Kochi, September 17, 2011
- 2012 Environmental Summit planning
- January 2015 Economic Development outbound visit to Kochi
- October 2015 provided a YGC program for Richard Bowling Elementary
- October 2016 provided a YGC program for the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont
- December 2016 hosted annual membership meeting and holiday celebration
- September 2017 – Commissioned a Norfolk Mermaid to be sent to Kochi in 2018
Kochi in the News
NSCA and Physicians for Peace in Kochi, India (November 2011)