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Investment from Germany for the “Make in India” initiative is rising: Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel witnessing the signing of MoUs/JDIs between India and Germany, in Berlin, Germany on May 30, 2017.

Berlin: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said here that foreign investment from Germany to India is rising, especially for the “Make in India” initiative and the German partnership is important for the “Skill India Mission” as German parameters being “global benchmarks” are crucial for India.

Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today co-chaired the 4th India Germany Inter-Govermental Consultations in Berlin.

On this occasion, the Indian Prime Minister said that cooperation is also envisaged in the sports arena, particularly in football. Outcome oriented momentum is perceptible in relations between the two countries, he added.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Prime Minister Modi appreciated Chancellor Merkel’s vision for Europe and for the world.

The Prime Minister spoke of themes such as climate protection and smart cities, which came up for discussion. He said German innovation and Indian youth could together add great dynamism in the start-up space.

The Prime Minister said a global order based on democracy is the need of the hour, in an interconnected and interdependent world.

Responding to a question, he said Germany and India are “made for each other.” He explained the huge synergy that exists between German capabilities and Indian requirements. He spoke of India’s pursuit of excellence in areas such as engineering, infrastructure and skill development. Describing the values of innovation and democracy, as a blessing for mankind, he said India and Germany share these values.

In response to a question on climate change, the Prime Minister reiterated India’s timeless values of nurturing and protecting nature. He recalled India’s commitment to generate 175 GigaWatts of energy from renewable sources by 2022. Emphasizing the importance of protecting nature, the Prime Minister said “playing with the well-being of future generations would be an immoral and criminal act.”

Earlier, during the IGC, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the big role that the European Union has to play in nurturing a rule-based global order. Both leaders shared deep concern over the global menace of terrorism, and decided to strengthen mutual counter-terrorism initiatives.

The Prime Minister thanked Germany for support of Indian membership of export control regimes. Themes such as clean coal, electric mobility, science and technology cooperation, cyber-security and aviation security came up for discussion. The consultations also touched upon Afghanistan and other global matters.

Both countries signed 12 agreements. A comprehensive joint statement was also issued, covering various aspects of the negotiations.

The Prime MInister, after concluding the first leg of his four nation visit, left Germany for Spain on May 30, 2017.

EU-Turkey Agreement: When will the refugees return to Turkey?

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refugee crisisThe agreement reached Friday (18 March 2016) between the EU and Turkey on responding to the massive influx of refugees and migrants in the region, comes into force from today (19 March 2016).

Experts, who have studied the contents of the agreement have expressed deep doubts about the legal aspect of this agreement in terms of international law. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has continued to champion the cause of the refugees and whose government has even funded an explicitly illustrated website that teaches migrants how to have sex, including prostitution and casual sex in 13 different languages obviously to help in their easy assimilation, said after the agreement was formalised that she has no illusions that what has been agreed will be accompanied by further setbacks and there are big legal challenges that would have to be overcome.

More than two dozen EU leaders behind the deal with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were in agreement that Turkey would receive concessions – both financial and political (including speeding up of the process for granting EU membership) and this would be quid pro quo for taking back all refugees who had taken the sea route and crossed over to the Greek islands illegally from Turkey.

refugee crisis2Besides Merkel of Germany, who has expressed apprehensions about the fate of the refugees if they are returned to Turkey with a poor track record vis-a-vis human rights, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has his own apprehensions “An agreement with Turkey cannot be a blank cheque,” he observed. The Belgian leader’s statement reinforces the assertion of those who feel that the deal between the EU and Turkey is only to please a section of the anti-refugees in Europe.

The US, which is the single largest factor responsible for the disastrous situation in Syria, rise of ISIS and genocide in the region and the unprecedented refugee crisis, views Friday’s agreement as an important step on responding to the flow of refugees and migrants in the region. Appreciating the Turkish efforts in “generously hosting” more than 2.7 million refugees from Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the United States has an abiding interest in the welfare of refugees and migrants, including those who are risking their lives in a desperate attempt to find safety and opportunity in Europe. We commend language in the agreement affirming that all refugees deserve access to protection and which makes clear the agreement will be implemented in full accordance with EU and international law.

The US has endorsed action to shut down the illegal smuggling operations that prey on and exploit vulnerable migrants, Kerry said adding these actions will be key to the success of this agreement, along with rapid registration and processing of asylum claims, humane handling of migrant returns, and quick provision of promised support to Greece and Turkey.

The US has also appreciated the solidarity among EU member states in meeting their commitments to share in the responsibility of formal relocation and resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees.

ISISTurkey’s role in the rise of ISIS has been under attack especially after Russia rolled out evidence that Turkey is the culmination point of Islamic State’s illegal oil trade. Turkey also played a major role in flaring up the Syrian crisis by sheltering and providing base to the rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria with many of their factions later defecting to the ISIS.

Given the US patronage to Turkey and also its stakes in the Syrian crisis, it is obvious that the EU agreement with Turkey has been deftly handled and tailored to give some credibility to Turkey, which has been slapped by Russia with evidence for helping the ISIS in the illegal oil trade. The clause to return the refugees and migrants to Turkey will silence the anti-refugee nationalists in Europe at least for the time being but given the presence of ISIS and the genocide and atrocities on members of religious groups in the Middle East, question remains how and when it will get implemented.

India and Germany hold talks to expand Defence cooperation

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Federal Defence Minister of Germany, Dr. (Mrs.) Ursula von der Leyen called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on 27 May  2015.
Federal Defence Minister of Germany, Dr. (Mrs.) Ursula von der Leyen called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on 27 May 2015.

New Delhi: After talks between India and Germany yesterday to expand the Defence Cooperation between the two countries, German Defence Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen called on Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi here today.

Talks were held yesterday between the delegation of the two countries led by their respective Defence Ministers. The Indian side was led by Manohar Parrikar and the German side by Dr (Ms) Ursula von der Leyen.

Cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries, partnering of Germany in the “Make-in-India” initiative in the Defence sector and supply of state-of-the-art equipment and technology were some of the prominent issues discussed by the two Defence Ministers. Both sides also exchanged their perception with regard to the evolving geo-political events having impact on the security situation.

The German Defence Minister’s visit to New Delhi is taking place close on the heels of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent highly successful visit to Germany. The visit would also pave the way for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India later this year.

Dr Ursula von der Leyen will be visiting the Western Naval Command in Mumbai tomorrow, before concluding her 3 days official visit to India.

During her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Ursula conveyed Germany’s keen interest in collaborating with India in Defence technology and equipment, including Defence manufacturing in India, cyber security and maritime cooperation. She conveyed that Chancellor Merkel was looking forward to her visit in October 2015 for the Inter-Governmental Commission meeting as an opportunity to deepen cooperation across all areas of bilateral relations. She mentioned that India’s participation in the Hannover Trade Fair as Partner Country and Prime Minister’s presence at the inauguration had made a visible impact in Germany, and there was a strong interest now in the Make in India mission.

The Prime Minister recalled his visit to Germany and his excellent discussions with Chancellor Merkel and German business leaders. He reiterated that India considered Germany as a vital economic partner, including in areas like skill development and manufacturing. He invited German companies to take advantage of enormous opportunities of defence manufacturing and defence research and development in India. He looked forward to the visit of Chancellor Merkel later in the year.

Over to Hanover Fair 2015: Modi will be top speaker at the opening ceremony

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merkel-modiHanover (Germany): The Stage is all set for the inauguration of Hannover Messe 2015 or the Hanover Fair today by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be the chief speaker at the inaugural event.

The Hanover Fair will commence with the Indo-German Business Summit. During the summit Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Merkel, along with business leaders from the two countries – India and Germany, will discuss India’s role in the global economy and its future growth perspective They will also take a close look at opportunities to strengthen Indo-German Partnership.

Hanover Fair is the world’s biggest industrial fair. It is being held from 13 to 17 April. The fair will provide an opportunity, especially to Global Business & Markets to take an in-depth look at a number of export and investment destinations, including the USA, Japan, the BRIC countries, Latin America, Africa and Europe.

The trade fair business is one of the leading service sectors of the German economy. When it comes to hosting international trade fairs, Germany is the world’s number one venue.

Germany is one of the world’s leading industrial nations. As the world’s third strongest national economy, Germany holds a leading position in terms of its total economic output. With the highest gross domestic product and the largest number of inhabitants in the European Union, it is the most important market in Europe.

In global trading of goods and services, the Federal Republic of Germany is in second place after the USA.

Germany stands out as a centre for business through

  • innovative and internationally active companies,
  • qualified and motivated employees,
  • an internationally recognised education system,
  • an excellently developed infrastructure, as well as top achievements in research and development.
  • Due to its central geographical location, Germany is at the same time an interface to the new markets of Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as beyond the boundaries of the new EU.

Although German Basic Law does not prescribe any particular economic order, the embodiment of the principle of the welfare state rules out a completely “free market economy”.

Germany adheres to the principal of social market economy. It is secured by flanking market forces with social policy measures.

The model of the social market economy is designed to allow market forces free reign within certain limits and to prevent unsocial outgrowths of market development:

  • The supply of goods is increased and diversified.
  • The providers are motivated to be innovative.
  • Income and profits are distributed based on individual performance.
  • At the same time, the social market economy prevents excessive pooling of market strength, ensures participation by employees in basic economic decisions and therefore their participation in social achievements.

The task of the state and politics is to create the framework for functioning competition and to moderate the various interests.

Germany’s great competitive strength internationally is illustrated most clearly in its high level of and rapidly growing merchandise exports. The rise in direct investments in Germany by international companies also underlines the good position of the German economy.

Germany’s most important trade partners are western industrial nations. Its closest trade relations are with members of the European Union, with which Germany generates more than half of its turnover from foreign trade. Nearly 72 per cent of German exports remain within Europe; 71 per cent of German imports also come from Europe.

The most important branch of the economic activity in Germany, with traditionally a very high share of total economic production, is industry.

Alongside industry, the services sector also plays an outstanding role and it has now become almost as large as industry. A German peculiarity and traditional core of economic life is the crafts trade.

German industry is very diversified and in many sectors it is a global leader. Germany is the world’s third largest automobile producer, with more than 70 per cent of vehicles produced here intended for export. Machine and plant construction, in which most German industrial undertakings are involved, is also of outstanding international importance.