India @Hannover: 'Make in India' fortnight concludes with a mega road show in Cologne

India @Hannover: 'Make in India' fortnight concludes with a mega road show in Cologne

India @Hannover: ‘Make in India’ fortnight concludes with a mega road show in Cologne

The Indian Consulate in Frankfurt, in close cooperation with the city authorities of Cologne, organized the concluding event of the ‘Make in India’ fortnight series on March 26, 2015. The series of events were organized by the Consulate in March in the lead up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Germany to inaugurate the Hannover Trade Fair where India will be the Partner Country.

The Networking session and Panel Discussion on ‘Make in India: Opportunities for German industry’ in Cologne was aimed at informing participants about the reform measures undertaken by the Indian government since launching the initiative in September 2014.

In his address, Consul General Raveesh Kumar emphasized on the importance of this campaign and highlighted the positive developments that are being undertaken by the Indian government to make India a manufacturing hub and a preferred investment destination. The Lord Mayor of Cologne Mr. Juergen Roters, while lauding the initiative of the Indian government, highlighted the special relationship that the city shares with India & invited Indian companies to invest in Cologne. Ms Shubhra Singh, Joint Secretary, Department of Policy and Promotion,(DIPP) Ministry of Commerce and Industry, was especially invited from India to throw light on the various aspects of the ‘Make in India’ initiative and its relevance to the German investors. To make it an interactive session and enable German investors to address their queries to the India-experts, Panel Discussions were held with participation from senior representatives of the German industry. The session on Make in India (MII): Opportunities and Challenges for German Industry’ saw the Panelists discuss the huge business potential offered to German investors by the announcements of the Ultra Mega Power Projects, Industrial corridors, Smart cities and Urban development, Clean India, Skill India and Digital India. The second Panel Discussion focused on whether Indian participation @ Hannover2015 would be a turning point for the Indo-German economic partnership’. All the Panelists expressed their faith that Indian participation at Hannover would indeed become a game changer in Indo-German relations.  It was agreed that Germany could support India with strengthening of its infrastructure in terms of construction of highways, Metro, Mass Rapid Transport Systems, river transportation while this sector was also a focus area in the recently released Indian budget. The highly successful event saw participation from more than 100 delegates from the German industry as well entrepreneurs, consultants, lawyers and city officials.

The ‘Make in India’ offensive was launched by the Indian Consulate in Frankfurt in cooperation with HCL on March 11 with an event in the city of Ludwigshafen that had a special emphasis on Data Security. On March 19, a ‘Why Make In India? ’ seminar was organised in Frankfurt in cooperation with Srita International, a Consulting Firm. This was followed by another ‘Make in India’ event in Frankfurt on March 20 with representation from the CII and DIPP, GoI.  On March 25, a business event on Doing Business with India in the Food Processing Sector was organised during the Anuga Food Tec Trade Fair in Cologne. The ‘MII’ series concluded with the Cologne event on March 26.

India is participating as the Partner Country at Hannover Messe, April 13-17, 2015, under the theme ‘Make in India’. The Messe will be jointly inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Mrs. Angela Merkel. Over 100 CEOs of the Indian industry are expected to participate and with over 450 Indian companies, it will be the largest Indian representation ever at Hannover. Several State governments from India will also be represented and they will hold independent seminars to promote investment in their respective states.

Consulate General of India
March 26, 2015