Bangalore in India, symbolising international relations with India

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On 19 February, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Dirk Wiese embarked on a one-week trip to India, including visits to Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The visit is about linking up German start-ups with their Indian counterparts so they can work more closely together.

In Bangalore – India’s IT capital – Mr Wiese will hold talks with representatives of the regional government of the state of Karnataka and also meet with NASSCOM – the Indian association of the IT industry. In Mumbai – India’s business hub on the west coast – State Secretary Wiese is to join with the Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra to open the Indus Entrepreneurs summit entitled Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy. In addition to this, he will visit the headquarters of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. In Delhi, Mr Wiese has scheduled meetings with representatives of the Central Government (Ministry of Industry, think tank Niti Aayog, and Invest in India).

He will also join with the Indian State Secretary from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to chair the first session of the Indo-German working group on digital cooperation (Indo-German digital dialogue). The goal of this dialogue is to engage in more in-depth talks about the rules and regulations governing digitisation, internet governance, e-governance, and e-health.

In all of the three cities, Mr Wiese will talk to Indian and German businesses, particularly from the start-up sector. He will also take part in the kick-off conference for the German Indian Start-up Exchange Programme (GINSEP) held by the Bertelsmann Foundation.

“India is an essential partner for us in the Asia-Pacific region”, Parliamentary State Secretary Wiese said before embarking on the trip. “I see great potential for us to work even more closely together, whether it is in the area of start-ups, the internet of things, scientific and technological cooperation, training, or – most importantly – the digital sector. The Indo-German digital dialogue and the initiative to intensify cooperation between start-ups were established by Indian and German leaders at the Indo-German intergovernmental consultations in May 2017. It is up to companies – both from Germany and India – to fill these initiatives with life. Throughout my trip, I want to work towards opening up new opportunities for businesses from both our countries to work more closely together.”