India and Germany facing global challenges together
Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, together with Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney met Mr. Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, in New Delhi on 8th February.
India and Germany are global partners for international development cooperation. Both sides agreed that achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is the common mission which guides the development cooperation agenda of Germany as well as India, namely to reduce poverty and inequality and to protect global public goods such as natural resources, the climate and the environment.
Before the upcoming fourth India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations, scheduled to take place in Berlin at the end of May, and the G-20 Summit envisaged in summer 2017 in Hamburg (Germany), State Secretary Dr. Kitschelt’s visit underlines the strong friendship between India and Germany. Under Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017, Germany works closely with important G20 partner countries like India in order to align the G20 agenda with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
India is Germany’s largest partner in bilateral development cooperation. In the last three years, Germany committed more than 3.5 billion Euros (25,500 Crores INR) in financial and technical cooperation.
The global partnership between India and Germany was initiated in 2012. It recognizes the growing role of India in global affairs and therefore focuses on issues of worldwide importance: Climate change mitigation and environmental protection and sustainable urban development. Germany is strongly involved in renewable energy and committed to contribute to the Smart Cities, the Clean Ganga and Clean India initiatives of the Indian government.