Political High Level Forum on Energy
To enhance and deepen cooperation between India and Germany in the energy sector, the German Chancellor and the Indian Prime Minister established the Indo-German Energy Forum in 2006. The IGEF is a high-level bilateral dialogue between decision-makers in government and industry under the leadership of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Power (MoP). The Forum aims to facilitate a constructive dialogue between decision-makers in government and industry on all important topics related to renewable energy, and energy efficiency on the generating and the demand side. The Forum meets yearly at the secretary level.
On a working level, thematic sub groups convene regular meetings. For this reason, several other relevant ministries are also involved, such as Germany's Federal Ministry of Environment (BMBU) and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Due to the importance of the Green Energy Corridors a specific subgroup has been established to deal with particular issues of large scale renewable energy integration into the Indian grid.
A Forum secretariat, under the name of IGEF Support Office, is jointly operated by GIZ, KFW and the Indian BEE. The Support Office, operational in New Delhi and Berlin, provides liaison services for all stakeholders.