Message of Greeting

Vanakkam

Welcome to the homepage of the German Consulate General Chennai.

With the Indian International Leather Fair just right behind us at the beginning of February, the season started with another bang and not a whimper. Yet again, a dedicated German pavilion brought together a number    of German exhibitors who range among the finest of their trade.

With an equally loud bang, the Goethe-Institute inaugurated another jewel in the crown of their “Embrace our Rivers”-series, the show “DAMned Art” at the Lalit Kala Academy. This show showcases what could have been an exciting on-site exhibition and installation on the banks of the Couum river around Napiers Bridge, but was stopped in its tracks after long trials and tribulations. The show is on until early March, but more events in the series are to follow.

With the number of Indian students going to Germany continuously rising, the work of another German office in Chennai is rising in prominence. The office of the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, located in Nungambakkam, is ready to assist and inform and hosts a number of programmes throughout the year addressing those who want to go to Germany for higher education or research.

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, in the able hands of Mr Gopalan again, has become increasingly busy. We are expecting a delegation from Germany in the railway sector this spring, a high level business round table and a number of programmes to come. In this context, I take great pleasure in announcing that the Chamber together with the German Consulate General and the government of Tamil Nadu have agreed to set up a Joint Working Committee to address any issues of interest arising in the realm of doing business here. This will give Chamber members a unique opportunity.

Also, the Indo-German Center for Sustainability at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has recently moved into its own premises on the IIT grounds. It will, next to its regular scope of research, focus on the impact of climate change in the coastal region. Another project will look at small and medium enterprises dealing with issues of sustainability. We expect their annual Winter School in March.

But let us face it, when we are talking about Germany, there is always football. And this year our hearts go out with everyone passionate for the game, as the World Cup is on in Russia and promising a lot of entertainment from 14 June until its conclusion in July. Good thing for everyone watching in India, games will start at a decent time

As always, I would like to invite you to address any questions or concerns that you may have both to the Consulate or me, we will be happy to help. Do check out our facebook page and stay tuned for news and announcements. We are expecting big things in the year ahead.

Achim Fabig

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai

Message of Greeting

Consul General Achim Fabig