Make in India Lion finds willing partner in the German Eagle

India’s Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have firmed up a roadmap for a new accelerated phase in India-Germany strategic partnership across the spectrum.
The joint statement at the end of the talks in Berlin underlined that the common objective was to “encourage greater synergies between German engineering, experience in sustainable development, innovation and skills, and the new opportunities available in India and through ‘Make in India’, ‘Clean India’, ‘Digital India’ and other initiatives towards achieving economic growth and sustainable development”.
The visit saw Mr Modi pitch hard for German cooperation in reviving Indian manufacturing and stressing that India’s need for technology, skill upgradation, investment and innovation were a solid business opportunity for German firms to make lucrative investments. Both sides vowed to foster stronger ties between business and industry on both sides in order to support India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative by utilizing the momentum generated by India’s participation in the Hannover Messe.
The talks held in Berlin covered a wide range of issues, and collaborations across manufacturing, green energy, urban development, river cleaning and rejuvenation, railways upgradation, education, R&D, and scientific and technical cooperation, were sought to make the Strategic Partnership enter a “new and intensive” phase.

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Indian Lion and German Eagle make strong partners: Modi

t 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.

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German companies are welcome

In May last year, in what was the largest elections in the history of mankind, the people of India voted my Government into office. For the first time in three decades Indian voters gave a clear majority mandate to a government. The verdict was for change and for good and effective governance. It was also a call for development reflective of growing aspirations of India’s youthful millions.

In the last 11 months, we have come a long way in keeping this promise. We have re-energised the Indian growth engine. The credibility of our economy has been restored. India is once again poised for rapid growth and development. It is the only emerging economy where growth rate is rising. The prospects are even better.

This has not happened by chance. My government has earnestly taken up the challenge of development and economic transformation of India. For us, development is not a mere political agenda; it is an article of faith. We have initiated specific policies and actions to realise our vision for New Age India with a clear set of economic goals and objectives. Our focus is not merely economic growth but an inclusive development. This requires creating jobs, upgrading skills, raising productivity, benchmarking quality with global standards. Our aim is to completely eliminate poverty and to propel all Indians into a life of purpose and dignity within a generation. My own life-experience and belief in the role of good governance in India’s economic development has convinced me that this noble objective can be achieved.

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