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Maritime India Summit 2016
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:
The German Consulate General invited to a film screening for the world premiere of the documentary “Good thoughts, good words, good deeds - the conductor Zubin Mehta”, a film by German film director and producer Bettina Ehrhardt. Both the director and Bombay-born Maestro Mehta were present at the very special event.
Good thoughts, Good Works, Good Deeds - The Conductor Zubin Mehta
At “Maritime India Summit 2016”, the newly established Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited and DB Engineering & Consulting (part of German railways Deutsche Bahn AG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. They will cooperate on the modernization of rail port connectivity and port rail facilities of 25 Indian ports. The summit was opened by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Germany and India cooperate on railway connectivity of Indian ports
Consul General Michael Siebert was in Pune on March 17, 2016 for an event titled 'FrankfurtRheinMain: Your preferred Business Destination in Germany' as the Chief Guest as well as a panelist. The event was organized by the FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH together with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It was well attended by representatives of over 50 companies ranging from the fields of IT/Software, Engineering, Pharma/Biotech to the Automotive industry, amongst others. These were companies looking to expand their businesses in Germany and wished to inform themselves of reasons on choosing the FrankfurtRheinMain region.
Consul General Siebert participates in an event in Pune promoting the FrankfurtRheinMain region as a business destination
Consul General Michael Siebert attended the Convocation Ceremony of the 2014-16 batch of the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) on February 25, 2016. The IGTC offers students an 18 month Post Graduate Course in Business Administration, based on the German Dual Education System.
Consul General attends the IGTC Convocation Ceremony
Parliamentary State Secretary (Psts) of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Uwe Beckmeyer, and the German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, together with the German Consul General in Mumbai, Michael Siebert, participated in the launch of the 'Make in India' Week showing Germany's support for the campaign on their visit to Mumbai from 13th to 15th February.
The Festival of Nations is a whole community event at the American School of Bombay, celebrating cultural diversity. This year about 20 German students represented our country in the traditional nations parade at the ASB Secondary Campus. Germans are one of the biggest national communities at ASB.
Colourful Germany at American School's "Parade of Nations"
Welcome Ms. Wetz-Kubach, Farewell Mr. Pechatscheck!
The Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan bid farewell to Mr. Karl Pechatscheck, who was heading the institute on an interim basis since early 2015. Present at the occasion were collaborators and partners of MMB, teachers, past and present students, artists and people from the business fraternity.
Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Pune is a premier institute in the culturally rich city of Pune and contributes greatly not only to promoting the German language but also fosters the Indo-German cultural relations. With around 3,600 course participants and approximately 11,000 exams conducted annually in 2015, the MMB forms an integral part of the language as well as cultural life in Pune.
Mr. Pechatscheck is succeeded by Ms. Heidi Wetz-Kubach as the new Director of the insitute and is expected to take over the reins of MMB for the next few years. Addressing the guests present at the occasion, Consul General Siebert wished the new team a good start and expressed his support and cooperation to a continued fruitful collaboration enjoyed by the Consulate General and MMB. The evening also saw a Sufi performance by Jasleen Aulakh.
We wish Mr. Pechatscheck luck in all his future endeavours.
Consul General Siebert participates in Panel Discussion at the IMC, January 16, 2016
On Thursday, January 14th, 2016, Consul General Michael Siebert, together with 5 other Consuls General participated in a panel discussion at the Indian Merchant’s Chamber (IMC). The “Slowdown of Global Economy – Implications and International Perceptions for India” was discussed intensely with representatives of Germany, Sweden, Israel, France, Canada and Hungary as panelists. The debate was moderated by Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti, Group Chairman, DH Consultants Pvt. Ltd. & Past President of the IMC. The substantive presentations were met with great interest as was evident from the lively discussion among experts and the audience at the end of the event, where personal views and opinions of India’s current role in the global economy were presented and discussed.
Student delegation from the Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg visits Mumbai, January 14, 2016
On Thursday, January 14th, 2016, the German Consulate General welcomed a delegation of students from the ‘Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg’ in Germany, who visited India in order to explore the country and potential business opportunities. As part of their curriculum the students have to train at a German company that is presently engaged in business relations with India. This visit was the optimal occasion for the students to experience Indo-German relations first-hand and granted them the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the functioning of the German Consulate General in Mumbai.
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.
Delegation from Lower Saxony visits Mumbai and Ahmedabad, December 06-12, 2015
Indian born German author Rajvinder Singh visited Mumbai and Pune from December 3-6, 2015. During his visit Mr. Singh held several lectures and talks at various institutions. The author, Mr. Rajvinder Singh, was born in 1956 in Kapurthala in India and is a German citizen since 1997 and also member of the German P.E.N.
Indian Origin German Author visits India, December 3-6, 2015
Consul General Siebert attends 2nd Symposium and Exhibition on the occupational Safety and Health in the Indian Construction Industry, November 19, 2015
Consul General Siebert attended the 2nd Symposium and Exhibition on the occupational Safety and Health in the Indian Construction Industry on November 19, 2015. The event titled "Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry – Proceeding from a Problem to a Solution", was organised by the Department of Labour Government of Maharashtra, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the building trade (BG BAU) with strong support of the German Consulate General in Mumbai.
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A 43-member strong delegation from the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development from the German Federal State of Hessen led by Deputy Minister-President (Deputy Chief Mnister) Tarek Al-Wazir visited Mumbai from November 5-7, 2015. The delegation had a robust 2-day programme comprising of meetings with several high ranking officials from the Government of Maharashtra as well as financial institutions such as the RBI and SEBI amongst others. The main purpose of the visit in Mumbai was the potential cooperation between Frankfurt/Rhein Main as the financial center of Germany and the Euro zone on the one hand and Mumbai, in its capacity as the financial capital of India, on the other.
Delegation from the Federal State of Hessen visits Mumbai, November 5-7, 2015
Consul General Siebert appointed Dean of the Consular Corps of Mumbai
Consul General Michael Siebert has been appointed the Dean of the Consular Corps of Mumbai on November 5, 2015. Mr. Siebert takes over the post from the Consul General of the South Africa, Mr. Pule Malefane.
In his capacity as the Dean Mr. Siebert will represent the interests of the Career Diplomats as well as the Honorary Consuls stationed in Mumbai to the concerned Government authorities.
We congratulate Mr. Siebert and wish him luck in fulfilling his responsibilites.
German Ambassador to India Dr. Martin Ney was in Mumbai from October 30 until November 3, 2015 on his first official trip outside of New Delhi. Mumbai, being the financial and economic capital of India, was Dr. Ney's city of choice for his first official visit. During his 5-day visit, Dr. Ney met up with an impressive array of dignitaries ranging from the Governor of Maharashtra and the Chief Minister to the Governor of the RBI, amongst others.
German Ambassador visits Mumbai, October 30-November 3, 2015
Consul General attends a symposium on Günter Grass, October 16-17, 2015
The Department of German, University of Mumbai together with the Goethe Institu/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai organized a two day symposium from October 16-17, 2015, where the life and the works of one of Germany's most iconic writers were discussed through paper readings, plenary sessions, panel discussions and more. Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University Sanjay Deshmukh was the Chief Guest and Consul General Michael Siebert was the Guest of Honour at the event.
Nobel Laureate Günter Grass (1927-2015) painted the cultural and political conscience of Germany on an epic scale with his characteristic creative irreverence. October 16, 2015 marked the 88th birth anniversary of Günter Grass, the first one after his demise on April 13, 2015.
The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, Dog Years, The Flounder, Crabwalk and Peeling the Onion are some of the most celebrated works of Günter Grass.
On the evening of October 12, 2015, the Indo-German Competence Academy (IGCA) was launched in Mumbai. The newly established Indo-German Competence Academy is a joint venture between the German VESBE Beteiligungs-GmbH and the Indian Takshashila Trust and aims at providing vocational training in India. The programme is based on the German dual education system and has been customised for the Indian market thereby increasing the employment prospects of the course participants.
Consul General Siebert attends the launch of the Indo-German Competence Academy
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.
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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