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India to participate in Hannover Messe 2015 as a partner country

New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi today received Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Steinmeier conveyed Germany’s strong desire to work together with the new Government in India to further expand and deepen bilateral relations. He welcomed India’s decision to accept the invitation of Chancellor Merkel for India to participate in Hannover Messe 2015 as a partner country. The Prime Minister recalled his fruitful telephone conversation with Chancellor Merkel on July 17 while transiting through Germany. He expressed appreciation for Chancellor Merkel’s personal interest and commitment to India-Germany relationship. He said that India looked forward to the visit of Chancellor Merkel for the next round of Inter-Governmental Consultations in 2015. The Prime Minister lauded Germany’s remarkable economic resurgence over the past decade. He described India and Germany, which are bound by democratic values, as “made for each other” because of complementary skills and resources to power the next generation of industrial development through partnering in manufacturing and infrastructure development. The Prime Minister also suggested that using Germany’s strength and experience in the area of skill development, both sides develop a concrete time-bound plan for training of Indian youth to meet Indian needs and the global requirement of skilled human resources. He also called for taking forward the ongoing cooperation in the area of clean energy and forging new partnerships in the areas of solid waste management, waste water treatment and cleaning of rivers. It was agreed that both sides will undertake preparations with the aim of finalizing concrete roadmap for cooperation in each of these areas at the next Inter-Governmental Consultations meeting. Towards this end, issue specific workshops will be organized ahead of the Hannover Messe 2015. Meanwhile, Germany’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier leading a 12-member Business Delegtion today held one hour long talks with Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu on bilateral cooperation in areas pertaining to urban development in India. Mr. Steinmeier during the course of talks observed that ‘Germany is impressed by the clear vision and resolve of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to revive the economy of the country. Prime Minister is impressive both in his words and deeds.’ Referring to his meeting with the Prime Minister today morning, the German Minister informed that India would be a partner country for the ‘Hanover Fair’ to be organized in April next year. He further said that this international fair would focus on clean energy, skill development, cleaning of rivers and infrastructure development. Welcoming the delegation, Shri Naidu said that India’s efforts for converting growing urbanization into an engine of economic growth offered immense opportunity for bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He urged the business delegation to explore investment opportunities in various projects like the Smart Cities, Urban Rejuvenation of 500 identified Urban Habitations and Urban Housing. Mr. Steinmeier said concrete investment proposals would be formulated after exchange of business delegations between the two countries. He said Germany can benefit from the young and skilled manpower of India. CEOs, COOs and Directors of KfW IPEX-Bank (International Project and Export Finance), SAP SE, Linde AG(Engineering Company), Bombardier Transportation (Manufacturer of trains), Diehl Aero systems (Aviation), GmbH (Plant Construction and mechanical engineering), Messe Munich International (Trade shows), SCHOTT Solar CSP GmbH(Solar power plants and Wasser Berlin (Water Advisory). Representatives of various companies shared their experiences of operating in India and said they are keen to further expand their operations in the context of emerging opportunities.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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