Deputy Consul General Mr. Jürgen T. Schrod on his maiden visit in MeghalayaEnlarge image Mr. Jürgen Thomas Schrod with children of Bethany Society (© cbm)
The Deputy Consul General Mr. Jürgen Thomas Schrod (German Consulate General Kolkata) was on his maiden visit to Meghalaya, Shillong in July. During the visit he had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the civil society, development aid, politics, media, think-tanks and economy. Mr. Schrod inaugurated a social project from the NGO Bethany Society which was funded by the German Consulate General in Kolkata. With the financial support it was possible to purchase orthopedic shoemaking tools and machinery for a vocational training unit where jobless disabled youth are getting trained. Furthermore, Mr. Schrod had meetings with the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ, the Think-Tank Asian Confluence Centre and the Frontier Chamber of Commerce. Talks with media representatives of the locally popular Shillong Times and the Eastern Panorama Magazine were part of the program in Meghalaya. To finish the visit, Mr. Schrod toured the factory of the CMJ Breweries. They are brewing a beer following strictly German standards and by using solely imported German ingredients. CMJ Breweries is the first to produce German Purity Law Beer, using a fully automatic manufacturing plant imported from Germany. Due to their geographical insularity – merely a 59 km corridor connects the Northeast region with the Indian subcontinent – the so called “Seven Sisters” in the Northeast are disadvantaged in various fields. Although the region offers a vast economic potential (tourism, natural resources, “Gateway to South-East Asia) it has still backlog. The main reasons for the economic situation are the deficient infrastructure and various insurgency groups. Meanwhile, the central government is shifting its political focus to the “Seven Sisters”, amending its “Look East” strategy into “Act East”.