Delegation from Lower Saxony visits Mumbai and Ahmedabad, December 06-12, 2015
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State Secretary Daniela Behrens from the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport of the State of Lower Saxony accompanied by a political as well as an economic delegation visited Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad from December 06-12, 2015. The main agenda of the delegation was to promote the State of Lower Saxony as a port destination and to facilitate exchange of ideas with the port authorities in the Consulate's jurisdiction, with a primary focus on Gujarat and Mumbai.
Upon arrival, the delegation was welcomed by Consul General Michael Siebert for a briefing, together with Mr. Bernhard Steinrücke, Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), on the current political and economic scenario in India and the state of Maharashtra and Mumbai. The delegation then proceeded to visit the MIDC headquarters, where it received an insight into India's most ambitious infrastructure project by far, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC). This was followed by a visit to Otto Bock Healthcare India, which is a German company headquartered in Lower Saxony. The evening wound up with a reception hosted by Consul General Siebert at his residence. The following day the delegation visited the Siemens office in Worli, where the topic of discussion was 'Smart Cities.'
The delegation then travelled to New Delhi to inaugurate the 'WIN India,' the 9th International Trade Fair for Motion, Drive and Automation (Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Electro Mechanical Transmission).
The delegation returned to Ahmedabad and visited the plant of Bosch Rexroth (India) Ltd. followed by a meeting and presentation with representatives of Terres des Hommes, the world's largest non-governmental organization (NGO) for children's aid in Switzerland with projects and emergency relief programmes in more than 30 countries. This was followed by a visit to the Gandhi Ashram followed by meetings with government representatives from the State of Gujarat, Ports and Transport Department, Gujarat Maritime Board and more. The agenda of the meeting was exchange of know-how as well as a possible collaboration with the port of Wilhelmshaven in Lower Saxony. The Ahmedabad visit ended with a reception where delegation members had an opportunity to meet with representatives from the Government of Gujarat, members of the business community as well as members of the Gujarat Chamber of Comerce. The delegation then travelled back to Mumbai for a Conference on Harbour and Logistics, which was attended by about 50 indian companies from the fields of shipping and logistics. The delegation visit to Mumbai concluded with a visit and tour of the JNPT Port, where the delegation got an insight into the ongoing and forthcoming projects of JNPT.