German Minister President from South-West Germany visits BengaluruEnlarge image
Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in South-West Germany, visited Bengaluru on 28th Jan 2017. During his visit, the Minister-President focussed on innovative technologies for tool making and automation, creative solutions for saving energy, recycling water and managing waste as well as intelligent ideas for transport and the cities of the future. Bengaluru is India’s IT and innovation hub and a case in point for modernisation and urbanisation.
“India is a fascinating and exceptionally diverse country. It has the highest population of any democratic country and the fastest-growing economy in the world. It is fair to say that India’s economy is booming.” explains Mr. Kretschmann.
He inaugurated the new factory of the German company EFD Induction, together with the Honourable Minister for Commerce & Industries, Government of Karnataka, Shri R.V. Deshpande, and German Consul General Mrs. Margit Hellwig-Boette.
Later Mr. Kretschmann and part of his delegation visited the Indian Metal-Cutting Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX), the most important fair of its kind in South- and South-East-Asia. More than 20 companies from the Minister-President’s federal state are present at the IMTEX booth of Baden-Württemberg.
Mrs. Margit Hellwig-Boette, German Consul General, says: “It was wonderful meeting Mr. Kretschmann and his delegation. Companies from Baden-Württemberg form the core group of German businesses in Bengaluru and play an important part in Indo-German exchange as well as they foster and provide highly qualified vocational training.”
The visit to Karnataka will highlight the potential of cooperation between South Germany and South India. Winfried Kretschmann is Germanys first Minister-President of the strongly ecologically oriented party “Alliance 90/The Greens”, which he co-founded back in the 1980s. Baden-Württemberg is one of the economic powerhouses of Germany and well known for cutting edge green energy solutions.