One culturally and architecturally rich, seaside metropolis pairs up with another, on a different continent. Barcelona, Spain's second city, has cleared its twinning with Trivandrum, India's southern-most metro. On his visit to Barcelona, Dr Shashi Tharoor held discussions with the Catalan capital's mayor and his team, which resulted in the green flag being shown to the ambitious twinning agreement which is expected to facilitate cooperation in the fields of health and medical research, information technology, sports, solid waste management and urban development.
TDF played an active part in the interactions the Barcelona delegation had in Trivandrum during their visit in October 2009. On behalf of TDF, I had accompanied them to Technopark, which we hope will help to spark off cooperation not just in IT/ITES but in the development of infrastructure for the IT and high-technology industries.
Looks like 2010 is getting better as each day goes by, but the signing of the Twinning Accord will be an eagerly awaited part of this year's calendar. Stay tuned!