Special Correspondent

For preliminary talks on a twin city tie-up with the State capital.

Thiruvananthapuram: A two-member delegation from the Spanish city of Barcelona arrived here on Wednesday for preliminary discussions on a twin city tie-up with Thiruvananthapuram.

The exploratory visit by Josep Roca, Director of International Relations, Barcelona, and Gerardo Fueyo- Bros, councillor, Spanish embassy in India, is based on an initiative led by Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor who represents the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency.

Visits Vizhinjam

On Wednesday evening, the delegation visited the project area of the proposed international container terminal at Vizhinjam.

The team members were accompanied by Kovalam MLA George Mercier. Official sources said the delegation would look into the possibility of Spanish investment or collaboration in the project.

The team later proceeded to Pozhiyoor for an interaction with young footballers under a proposal for technical collaboration in grooming fresh sporting talent.

On Thursday, the team is scheduled to visit the Technopark campus at Kazhakuttam, Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology (SCTIMST), Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), followed by an interaction with a panel of civic functionaries led by Mayor C.Jayan Babu.

Later in the day, the delegation will be special invitees at the inaugural concert of the Soorya Dance and Music Festival. They will also attend a presentation by the Chamber of Commerce on 12 sectors for possible cooperation.

Barcelona, a city that hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics, is home to one of Europe’s principal Mediterranean ports. From 1963, it has had twin city pacts with 22 cities across the world, including Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Kobe, Tel Aviv and Athens. The last pact was signed in 2006 with Dubai.

Areas in focus

The team is looking for cooperation with Thiruvananthapuram in areas like information technology, tourism development, education, arts and culture, health and sports.