At the close of his two day visit to Germany, Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement highlighting the issues discussed and the way forward for bilateral relations. The thrust of the visit was on expanding economic relations which would aid in Modi’s plans of poverty elimination and revival of manufacturing back home.
In his remarks to the media in Germany, Mr Modi expressed his gratitude to Ms Merkel for having given the India the opportunity to become a partner country at Hannover Messe, the world’s biggest trade fair, and for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay.
The Prime Minister made a hard sell for German cooperation in boosting the Indian economy. Given that technology, skill upgradation, investment and innovation were key to this enterprise, and Germany was a global leader in these fields, Mr Modi said that the Indian lion and German Eagle would make for a very productive pair. While praising Germany’s expertise in these fields, he noted that India’s need could be a solid business opportunity for German firms to make lucrative investments.
Mr Modi assured German companies the government’s full cooperation in ease of access and operations in India. He said that feedback from Germany, as received during broad spectrum bilateral talks, would be considered while frame policies for a conducive environment for German companies to invest and set up operations.
A sector where Germany could play a very important role was in helping India realize the ambitious goal of generating 175 GW of renewable energy within the next seven years. Germany was a leader of clean energy technology and India would benefit much from cooperation in this field.
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