Second round of Indo-German intergovernmental consultations
On April 10, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh travels to Berlin, with a five-member Ministerial delegation, for the second round of Intergovernmental consultations with Germany. The consultations, on April 11, will focus on cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, renewable energies, vocational training, higher education and language.
In 2011, India became the first Asian country with which Germany conducted these high-level consultations, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India with a ministerial delegation.
Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the EU. India and Germany share a strategic partnership based on shared values of democracy, freedom, mutual trust and cooperation. In 2011, India and Germany celebrated 60 years of establishment of diplomatic relations. To commemorate this important landmark in the history of Indo-German relations, Germany celebrated the Year of Germany in India from September 2011 to January 2013 while India celebrates the Days of India in Germany from May 2012 to April 2013. During his visit to Berlin, PM Manmohan Singh will also bring to a close the Days of India in Germany.
Ahead of the visit, German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said, “The potential for cooperation between Germany and India is enormous. These consultations reflect respective leadership roles of Germany in Europe and India in South Asia, and increasingly Asia as a whole.”
Ambassador Steiner remarked, “EU-India Free Trade Agreement is also on agenda. EU and India have come a long way after six years of negotiations, and conclusion in due time would be a great boost for both our economies, a unique chance that we should not miss.”