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Christian Hirte, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is accompanying Federal President Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his visit to Delhi and Chennai from 21 to 26 March 2018 as head of the business delegation.

State Secretary Hirte said: "India is a country of opportunities. The Indian market offers a great deal of potential for German companies. I look forward to meeting with entrepreneurs, economic researchers and politicians in India together with the business delegation that is accompanying the Federal President. In-depth dialogue and stronger involvement will help us make use of this potential."

The delegation will hold talks with the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr Suresh Prabhu. It will also meet with representatives of the Indian think tank NITI Aayog. In addition, there will be a discussion round on digitisation and Industrie 4.0 at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.