Angela Merkel visit to India is a new hope for better future for Indo-German relations
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany came to India on 31st October 2019, for a 3-day visit. This time she came with a strong agenda to tighten the Indo-German relations on almost all ground. Be it Yoga, education, health care, transportation, jobs or artificial intelligence. She touched all the grounds which contribute in making of a healthy and growing nation.
The agenda will cover issues such as security, economy, development, cooperation, clean energy, climate change, infrastructure, urban mobility, innovation, higher education, skills development, culture and food security.
She was greeted by a guard of honor and will lay a wreath at a memorial ceremony for Mahatma Gandhi.
A total of 22 agreements have been signed between India and Germany, in the hope for a better future.
“Germany-India are linked by very close ties. We will have discussions on issues of mutual interest. We also have the opportunity of signing a number of MoU’s and agreements that shows that we have a very broad-based and deep relationship,” Angela Merkel said. Germany and India have been cooperating for many years and will build on this cooperation in future, she added.
The aim of Modi is to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024, from $2.7 trillion at present. Foreign investment is crucial to reach that goal and also to transform India into a manufacturing hub — one of Modi’s key priorities, aimed at creating enough jobs for the nation’s burgeoning youth population.
The percentage of Indians, studying in different German universities is increasing year by year.
“As many as 20,000 Indian nationals are studying in Germany and we would like to see more,” Merkel said. Germany and India also agreed to join hands in the area of education.
She has an intention to simplify the recruitment process of Indian skilled workers who wish to come to work in Germany.
She will also spend 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) on green urban mobility projects. The money will be invested in various environmentally friendly projects such as the introduction of electric buses to replace the diesel in public transport in urban centers.
Trade and investment ties between Germany and India have increased rapidly over the past decade. Germany is India’s most important trading partner within the European Union. Bilateral trade totaled $21.9 billion (€19.6 billion) in the 2017-18 financial year, an increase of 17% from the previous year.
She also returned the statue to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House. The photo originally belonged to Jammu and Kashmir. In the evening, she also enjoyed the classical show, called ‘Ekta- a performance showcasing Indian & German musical traditions’ with our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
The German delegation also included Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner.
One thing is sure, the India-German relations will strengthen on all possible grounds, especially in education, jobs and health sector. The various agreements promise for a better future for Indians and Indian economy.