Message of Greeting
Welcome to the homepage of the German Consulate General in Chennai.
After a relatively turbulent ending last year, the year ahead seems promising and full of exciting events. We keep our fingers crossed it will also be a peaceful year that allows our bilateral relations to prosper and thrive further.
First stop on the agenda - and by now a fine tradition - is the Indian International Leather Fair at the beginning of February, which will yet again be home to a dedicated German pavilion, compromising 13 German companies from the leather industry that are active in the Indian market.
In February, a German Study and Research EXPO organized by the DAAD shall shed light on the question of higher education in Germany in Hyderabad. Did you know that the number of Indian students in Germany tripled since the year 2010? We are now registering some 14.000 students a year, making the group of Indian students the second largest group of foreign students in the country.
In spring we expect the 4th round of Indo-German Inter-Governmental Consultations to take place in Germany. Following Chancellor Merkel’s visit to New Delhi and Bangalore in October 2015, it is time for Prime Minister Modi and his cabinet colleagues to visit Berlin again. As in the years before, the negotiations will provide the platform for the launch of many an exciting initiative that strengthens cooperation in various fields.
Aspects of climate and climate change, sustainability, energies and water continue to be important topics on the bilateral agenda and should shape the Consulate General’s activities throughout the year. In this context, Germany will remain engaged to work with the city of Coimbatore in implementing its smart city agenda. At the same time, a programme to make Chennai “fit for climate change” has been initiated through the offices of the GIZ and should gather speed. In late spring, we hope to host the German Water Partnership (GWP) initiative in Chennai to provide a platform to discuss questions on water and waste water management. The Indo-German Center for Sustainability at the IIT Madras should move into new quarters and provide further insight into questions of sustainability through seminars and workshops. I have a feeling that water – as a topic – will gather even more prominence than last year…
In September this year, we will have federal elections in Germany, determining the shape of the federal parliament and thus the federal government for the next four years. Expect further details in the course of the year.
And for anyone studying the holiday calendars in Germany closely you will have noted that there is one extra holiday coming up this year on 31 October: we are celebrating 500 years of the Reformation. A number of events in Germany and indeed across the world will showcase the contribution of Martin Luther to the events that led to the rise of the Protestant Church and what it can teach us today.
As always, I would like to invite you to address any questions or concerns that you may have to the Consulate or me, we will be happy to help,
Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai