‘A World in Common’, a photo exhibition celebrating 10 years of partnership between India and the French Development Agency (AFD), was inaugurated in Kochi on 17 February 2018 in the presence of Honourable Mayor Smt. Soumini Jain, APM Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited, Mr Nicolas Fornage, AFD Director for India and Fr. Roby, Director of Chavara Cultural Centre.



Celebrating 10 years of Indo-French cooperation for development, the travelling photo exhibition ‘A World in Common’ highlights some concrete examples of the fruitful collaboration between India and the French Development Agency (AFD), including the innovation-driven and successful Kochi metro project. The exhibition was inaugurated in Kochi on Saturday, 17th January 2018, at 6.30 pm at Chavara Cultural Centre  Karakkamuri Cross Road, near south Railway Station, Ernakulam, Kochi.

About A World in Common

Today’s world is increasingly interconnected. Building a safer, more equitable and sustainable world implies intensifying collective action and partnerships to formulate solutions that benefit all.


The exhibition highlights the collaboration between India and AFD on projects that promote sustainability in all its dimensions – social, economic and environmental.


From boosting urban dynamism in Kochi to protecting the rich biodiversity of Assam, through lighting Jodhpur’s streets and harnessing the power of the sun and the wind, the stories presented in the exhibition showcase positive solutions that benefit people as well as their environment.


The exhibition will be on view at the Chavara Cultural Centre from 18th to 28th of February 2018 and is part of Bonjour India 2017/2018.



AFD and Kochi metro – A close relationship

AFD, France’s inclusive public development bank, is a proud supporter of the Kochi metro project since its inception. AFD provides financing and technical assistance to projects that genuinely improve everyday life, in developing and emerging countries as well as French overseas territories. It has provided two financings for a total of EUR 360 million for the construction of the Kochi’s light metro. It has also facilitated a technical cooperation between Kochi Metro Rail Limited, the French NGO Codatu and the French city of Lyon’s transport authority (SYTRAL) at the operational and maintenance level and for an integrated mode of transport with the metro. This program has contributed to developing a comprehensive vision of urban mobility in Kochi, which is an essential step in making Kochi a ‘smart city’.


In India, AFD’s mandate is tailored to the Indian government’s priorities. Over the last 10 years, AFD has committed more than EUR 1.5 billion to projects focusing on sustainable and integrated urban development, energy efficiency and renewable energy development as well as protection of biodiversity and natural resources.





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