INDIA-GERMANY DISCUSSES COLLABORATION IN KNOWLEDGE SECTORS AND COOPERATION IN INFRASTRUCTURE
Date : 08 Oct 2010
Location : New Delhi
Shri Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, during his 3-day (6-8 October) visit to Düsseldorf and Berlin (Germany), emphasised on the strategic partnership in innovation between India and Germany. Discussions focused on taking Indo-German collaboration forward in key areas such as knowledge sectors like ICT, energy including renewable energy, cutting edge technology including environmental and green technology, life sciences and biotechnology, nano-technologies, small city and integrated townships, besides further enhancement of ongoing cooperation in infrastructure, manufacturing and engineering.
In Düsseldorf, Shri Sharma inaugurated the “India Goes to Germany Mission” and attended interactive meetings with the Chamber of Commerce of Düsseldorf and with select CEOs besides the meetings with the Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy, Construction, Housing & Transport of the State of North Rhine Westphalia.
In Berlin, Shri Sharma held a bilateral meeting with Federal Minister of Economics & Technologies, Mr. Rainer Brüderle and also inaugurated the FICCI-Fraunhofer Roundtable on “Innovation as a Driver of Indo-German Economic Relations”. Both the Ministers agreed on the establishment of a hotline between the Commerce & Industry Ministry in India and the Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology in Germany to facilitate resolution of any business-related visa issues that may arise from time-to-time. Both sides agreed on cooperating in multilateral fora on combating protectionist tendencies that have emerged recently.
Shri Sharma suggested further strengthening of institutional linkages especially between economic research and policy institutes in India and their German counterparts. Such linkages could be established between institutes such as German Institutes of Economic Research in Berlin, the Ifo Institute of Economic Research in Munich, Kiel Institute for World Economy and the Halle Institute of Economic Research Partners and, on the Indian side, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and the Gokhle Institute of Economic and Politics in Pune. Shri Sharma also endorsed linkages between National Institutes of Design in both countries and between the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and an appropriate German counterpart.
Shri Sharma delivered a special address as part of the Konrad Adenauer Lecture Series on “An Emerging India: Expanding Economic Frontiers” at Humboldt University.