Ambassador Dr Martin Ney at CII National Competitiveness and Cluster Summit
German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, gave the keynote address at the 9th CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Competitiveness and Cluster Summit held at the India Habitat Centre on 1st December.
“Everyone in India senses what we call in German: Aufbruchsstimmung. Although hard to translate literally, the word describes an overall feeling that this economy, and indeed this country as a whole, has a sense of direction, is optimistic about its future, is advancing at a rapid pace and is continuously removing the barriers that still hinder some businesses to come to India”, said Ambassador Dr Ney. “Germany, I assure you, stands ready to contribute to this Aufbruchsstimmung”, he added.
The Ambassador also made a strong point for resuming negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and India. “No country that believes in the skills and abilities of its people has to fear free trade, but has every reason to aim higher – not only for the domestic market, but for the world market, in which we – India and the EU – should sit down together and shape the standards and the rules – and not leave it to others to do so”, said Ambassador Dr Ney.
At the 2-day conference, accomplished entrepreneurs and experts discuss topics crucial to Indian business and economy.
Enlarge image(From L to R) S Sandilya, Chairman, Eicher Group, German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, Surendra Nath Tripathi, Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of MSME, GOI, Yogesh Munjal, Chairman, CII Clusters for Competitiveness & MD, Munjal Showa Ltd (© German Embassy New Delhi)
Enlarge imageJayant Davar, Co-Chairman, CII National Manufacturing Council & Co-Chairman & MD, Sandhar Technologies Ltd, giving the opening remarks (© German Embassy New Delhi)
Enlarge imageThe audience at the opening of the Summit (© German Embassy New Delhi)
Enlarge imageShreekant Somany Chairman, CII National SME Council & Chairman & MD, Somany Ceramics Ltd (© German Embassy New Delhi)
Enlarge imageGerman Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney (© German Embassy New Delhi)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr Ney was the keynote speaker at the event (© German Embassy New Delhi)