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Minister of Industries, Subhash Desai with Consul General Siebert at the German National Day celebrations
The jurisdiction of the German Consulate General in Mumbai includes the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as well as the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Featured below are the Consulate General's latest meetings and events:
Consul General Michael Siebert and his wife Dr. Gabriele Siebert welcomed more than 600 guests to the Day of German Unity celebrations at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace on October 6, 2015. The celebrations had a special significance this year as Germany celebrates 25 years of unity. The Chief Guest for the evening was Mr. Subhash Desai, Minister of Industries for the State of Maharashtra.
Consulate General celebrates the Day of German Unity 2015
Consulate General & Om Creations: Mentally challenged people create presents for the German National Day
On the occasion of the German National Day 2015, dozens of mentally challenged people from Om Creations teamed up to make beautiful gift bags in the German national colors, thereby making the celebrations even more vibrant.
To read more about the institution, click on the link below:
Om Creations [pdf, 97.92k]
Consul General attends the 59th IGCC AGM, September 23, 2015
The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) hosted its 59th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 23, 2015. The AGM is one of the most prestigious events of the IGCC and is well attended by representatives of several hundred companies from the Indo-German business community. The focus of this year's AGM was "Make in Maharashtra."
The Chief Guest at the event was Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and the Guest of Honour was the German Ambassador to India Dr. Martin Ney. In their speeches both Dr. Ney and Mr. Fadnavis spoke about the strong Indo-German relations. The Chief Minister also spoke at length about the 'Smart Cities' as well as the 'Make In India' initiatives.
The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is the biggest bilateral Chamber of Commerce worldwide and comprises of over 7000 Indian and German members.
Consul General attends the Inaugural Ceremony of Evonik Catalysts India Pvt. Ltd.
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German Company Evonik Industries formally acquired Monarch Catalysts on June 5, 2015 at Dombivali. A formal ceremony was organized on August 18 to celebrate the name change from Monarch Catalyst India Pvt. Ltd. to Evonik Catalysts India Pvt. Ltd. Present on the occasion was Consul General Michael Siebert, who also unveiled the new logo of the company. Mr. Siebert, while addressing the guests present at the venue, highlighted the economic and cultural relations shared by Germany and India.
The family owned Monarch Catalysts with a strength of about 300 employees is in the business of manufacturing Nickel Catalyst for oils and oleo chemicals in India as well as activated base metal catalyst and precious metal catalysts for the past 30 years. Evonik Industries with an employee strength of around 33,000 employees worldwide has added another feather in it's cap with this acquisition.
Fifteen Indian footballers, selected in a nationwide competition comprising of more than a thousand participants, will soon begin professional football training at the Bundesliga first division club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. This initiative supported by the German Football Association (DFB) will ensure that ‘the chosen ones’ receive, over the next four to six years, in addition to formal football training a sound education in Germany in line with the highest international standards. Co-initiator of this exchange project is Ronnie Screwvala, Indian entrepreneur and founder of the Sports Company ‘U-Dream Football’. The talented 15 will return to India as trained athletes and will form a part of the Indian National Team that will participate in the U17 World Championship in 2017
Indian football with a German touch
Goodbye Ambassador Michael Steiner!
Ambassador Michael Steiner, who retires by the end of the month, was in Mumbai on the 19th of June to bid farewell to his business associates and representatives of the Indo-German business fraternity. While in Mumbai, he attended a business lunch with the members of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce besides giving an interview to CNBC. Ambassador Steiner was accompanied by Consul General Michael Siebert and Deputy Consul General Michael Ott during his visit. He then proceeded to Chennai before returning to New Delhi.
We wish Ambassador Steiner all the best!
Consul General Michael Siebert was on a 2-day visit to Ahmedanagar. During his visit he inaugurated the permanent exhibition "German Internees in Ahmednagar" at the Historical Museum and Research Center, paid a courtesy visit to the Collector of Ahmednagar, met with the Principal of Ahmednagar College, met with a delegation from the Association of Ahmednagar Manufacturing Industries, amongst others. The trip concluded with Consul General Siebert's visit to the cemetry of the German Internees, where he paid homage to the departed souls.
Consul General visits Ahmednagar, June 1-2, 2015
Federal Minister of Defence Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by a high ranking delegation, visited Mumbai from May 27-28, 2015. Dr. Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the office of a German Federal Minister of Defence. She has held several important cabinet portfolios over the past 10 years.
Federal Minister of Defence visits Mumbai, May 27-28, 2015
Farewell Mr. Franz!
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Mr. Wolfgang Franz, who headed the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Pune for the past one and a half years bid adieu to his friends, colleagues and partners of the institute as he moves back to Germany. Speaking at the farewell party organized in his honour, Mr. Franz said that he would greatly miss Pune and thanked everyone extensively for their cooperation during his tenure. Mr. Michael Ott, the deputy Consul General of the German Consulate in Mumbai thanked Mr. Franz on behalf of Consul General Michael Siebert for the great team work. Present at the party were representatives from Alliance Française, British Council, Ferguson College, Music Society, local artistes as well as teachers and students of the institute. Also present on the occasion was Mr. Heiko Sievers, Regional Director South Asia and Head of the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi.
Mr. Franz will be succeeded by Mr. Karl Pechatscheck, former head of the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai, who will be taking over the reins of the institute on an interim basis until early 2016.
We wish Mr. Franz luck in his career and in all his future endeavours for the promotion of the German language.
The Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai as the current local EU Presidency in association with the Delegation of the European Union to India organized Europe Day on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Hotel Taj. The significance of Europe Day is that it marks the foundation of the European Union, the concept of which was sowed way back in 1950. The Chief Guest at the event was Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Guest of Honour was EU Ambassador & Head of EU Delegation, Dr. Joao Cravinho.
Europe Day Celebrations and European Film Festival
Interactive meeting with the IMC ahead of its visit to Hannover Fair
Consul General Michael Siebert attended an interactive meeting at the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) on March 24, 2015 in view of the upcoming Hannover Messe. During his speech Mr. Siebert spoke about the German economy, the dual education system of skill development and vocational training in Germany as well as the upcoming Hannover trade fair. Robin Fernandes from Hannover Milano Fairs India gave in depth information about why and how to participate in this year's Hannover Fair. The event was hosted by President Prabodh Thakker and Director General Arvind Pradhan of the IMC, which is also organising a delegation visit for its members to Hannover Fair and to Stuttgart.
The Hannover Messe, which takes place from April 13-17, 2015 is the world's largest industrial trade fair and will be jointly inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This year, India is the official partner country at the trade fair, and the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat will show presentations to attract international investors.
Consul General Michael Siebert along with Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd. and Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens, participated in a panel discussion at an event titled "Modi in Hannover: What can Germany 'Make in India'?" hosted by Gateway House in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany on March 19, 2015.
Consul General at panel discussion for the Hannover Messe 2015
Consul General Siebert at Opening of Conceptual Art Show, February 26, 2015
Consul General Michael Siebert spoke at the opening of "In Order To Join - The Political in a Historical Moment", an exhibition of conceptual art by 14 international women artists at the Max Mueller Bhavan on February 26, 2015. This exhibition presents the work of women artists born between 1947 and 1957, a generation of artists who engage with topics that continue to be relevant today: The role of women in society and the living together of different ethnic and religious groups in a society, among others. The exhibition, curated by Swapnaa Tamhane (India/Canada) and Susanne Titz (Germany), starts off with the works of late Mumbai artist Rummana Hussain. It will be open until April 19, 2015 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. The exhibition is mainly sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office.
For more details on the exhibition and the Consul General's speech, click below:
A 6-member delegation of the Indo-German Parliamentary Friendship Group headed by the Chairman of the group, Ralph Brinkhaus visited India from the 11-19 February. The delegation was here to gain a first-hand impression and exchange views with Indian members of Parliament on the political and economic situation in India under the new governments at the centre and in Maharashtra.
German Parliamentary Delegation visits India, February 11-19, 2015
Consul General Michael Siebert attended the inauguration of the new Volkswagen Engine Assembly plant in Pune. The event was also attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minister of Industries, State of Maharashtra, Subhash Desai, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shirur (Maharashtra), Shivajirao Patil and Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra, Suresh Gore amongst others.
Consul General visits the VW plant in Pune, January 27, 2015
The Consulate General is playing host to several guests from Germany in the days from January 18-26. Various delegations headed by the Minister for the Bundesrat, Europe and International Affairs of the State of Baden-Württemberg and Mayors from the cities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart are currently in Mumbai.
Consulate General welcomes 4 German delegations between January 18-26, 2015