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Lok Sabha TV Insights: India Germany Bilateral Ties



Lok Sabha TV Insights: India Germany Bilateral Ties

Germany is one of the biggest economies in Europe. Germanys economy has less demand within country. So, they
want to invest in India and expand their economy. India and Germany needs each other. Germanys population is
ageing and decreasing too. Here, India can supply skilled labour force to run their economy.
Germany is Indias leading partner in European Union and seventh largest foreign investors in India. Both countries
support each other for UNSC seat and G4 is one of such strategic grouping.
India and Germany have a strategic partnership since 2001.Germany can be used as catalyst for stronger EUIndia relation. Priorities of India and strengths of Germany can be used for the success of Digital India, Skill India,
Make in India, etc. India can support Germanys growth and Germany can support Indias hunger for Growth.
In 2008, both nations established the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre in New Delhi to promote joint
research and development in energy, environment, coal and water technologies. India is getting concessional
loans from Government of Germany for many scientific and commercial projects namely Himalaya Hydro power
Program (HPPCL), Green Energy Corridors, Promotional Program for Energy Efficient New Residential
Housing (NHB), Energy Efficiency in Thermal Power Plants.
India is the only country with whom Germany has such a bilateral R&D Centre dedicated to promote applied and
industrial R&D. The Centre is already supporting 15 joint projects and proto-types of some new technologies have
been co-developed in solar-thermal energy, stress tolerant chic-pea variety, and high altitude cold resistance plants
India and Germany have been negotiating since 2007 to sign the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in criminal
matters but have not been able to reach a conclusion due to Germanys strong reservation to the provision of death
penalty in Indian law.
There are already many German companies, who are making India. For example Volkswagen, BOSCH, Allianz
(Bajaj-Allianz), etc.
Significance of Angela Merkels visit
Total 18 agreements have been signed, few important areas are:Fast track mechanism for investments
To collaborate on Science for research and industry collaboration, which can be hub for innovation
In the area of education, Germany would become major attraction for Indian students
Vocational educational expertise for skilled work force
Disaster management
Germany is helping through technology and financing for climate change, which will be very helpful for India
in meeting INDC targets.
German language in KV, to provide man force to Germany in future.