The Indo-German Consultative Group
The Indo-German Consultative Group (Deutsch-Indische Beratungsgruppe) was formed through an agreement between the Heads of Government of India and Germany in 1991. Under its auspices, independent personalities from both countries meet annually in order to shape ideas and initiatives for the broadest possible development of Indo-German relations.
The group consists of around 40 high-ranking Indian and German personalities from all sectors of society, such as business, culture, media and academia, as well as from parliament and government. The Consultative Group is jointly led by Arun Bharat Ram, Indian industrialist, former Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Chairman of SRF Ltd., and Jürgen Fitschen, top German manager and Member of the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG.
Enlarge image At the Volkswagen plant in Chakan, Pune (© dpa - Report) The Consultative Group lays down the results of its deliberations in a letter addressed to the Heads of Government of both India and Germany with a whole set of specific recommendations. Both Chairpersons of the Consultative Group met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chancellor Angela Merkel on the margins of the Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations held in May 2011.
From 28 – 30 September 2012, the Indo-German Consultative Group had its 21st annual meeting in Frankfurt. The vivid and open discussions of the Group on bilateral and other issues of mutual interest underlined the growing weight and depth of our relations.
The Group expressed its satisfaction that the bilateral relationship continues to develop very positively benefiting from the outcome of the first Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations, held in 2011.
The Group reviewed recent developments in the domestic political and economic scenarios of both countries, including the European crisis and its global implications. It discussed the state of the bilateral academic exchanges in various fields and the effects of globalisation on the Indo-German relationship. It evaluated lessons learnt from the problems in the financial sector and continued the discussions of the previous year on urbanisation, agriculture and energy efficiency and security. Finally, it exchanged views on developments and challenges of diversity in gender, religion, social status and age in Indian and German societies.
The next meeting of the Consultative Group is scheduled to take place in India in 2013.