German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, visits India
Dr Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, visited Delhi on 5th April.
He held a meeting with India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The meeting took place in the run-up to the 4th Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations in Berlin end of May and the G20 summit in July in Hamburg. Furthermore, Minister Müller visited several projects by civil society organisations supported by the German Government. With his third trip to India since 2014, Minister Müller underlined the high significance he attaches to India.
India and Germany cooperate closely in areas crucial to global development – particularly in the context of Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) and G20. Annually, Germany commits an average amount of 1 billion Euro (7,000 Crores INR) to India. Since last year sustainable urban development is a new focal area of Indo-German cooperation. In this regard Germany supports several Indian initiatives such as Smart Cities, Clean India and Clean Ganga.
For this year’s Intergovernmental Consultations end of May, a Memorandum of Understanding on a strategic Indo-German partnership on Sustainable Urban Development is envisaged. A major focus of this partnership shall be the development of climate-friendly urban mobility schemes.
Germany and India also cooperate in the field of agricultural innovation. Preparing for the visit of Minister Müller, on 3rd April 2017, an agreement was signed between the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in India to develop ‘Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector’. The project aims to improve the supply of food and to increase the income and employment opportunities of small farmers, particularly in the food processing industry, through innovations in the agricultural and food industry. In India, the contribution of the German Government will be up to EUR 8,000,000 over the next three years.
Furthermore, within the framework of the Indo-German Energy Programme, a cooperation agreement has been signed between SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd.) and GIZ India regarding German support for the seting-up of photovoltaic rooftops. SECI, the executing agency of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is tendering out the installation of more than 2.3 Gigawatt photovoltaic rooftops.
Both the projects are being implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.