`Indo-German collaboration is the way forward`
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 12:55
  
Hamburg: Collaboration between India and Germany, especially in wind energy sector, is the way forward to achieve a win-win situation for both the countries, a top Indian diplomat here has said.

The two countries discussed the possibility of cooperation in wind energy sector and water purification plants during the recently concluded India Week in Hamburg.

Speaking at a Seminar on 'Renewable Energy Sector in Hamburg and India', M Subashini, India's Consul General in Hamburg, said: "Hamburg, being the Green Capital of Europe this year, is the best place to have a meeting of the minds to explore the possibility of deeper cooperation in wind energy sector and the way forward to achieve a win-win situation for our countries."

She was positive that "such business events and regular exchange of visits of business leaders and specialists will pave the way to enhance collaboration between India and Germany especially in areas like clean coal, wind energy, photo voltaic panels and others and strengthen our strategic partnership further."

Participating in the seminar, Jayant Kavale of Bharat Forge Ltd said "we are keen to collaborate with industries in Hamburg dealing with water purification plants."

The week was packed with as many as 40 events.

During talks and panel discussions, experts discussed economic relations in the field of renewable energy and aviation.

The cultural programme comprised of film screenings, concerts, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions and arts projects.

Speaking at the Senate Reception, Subashini said "Hamburg plays a significant role in contributing to the trade and economic relations between India and Germany not only in trading but also merger and acquisition activities.

"The need of the time is to expand into other new areas of cooperation to deal with the fast-paced changes in the world especially dealing with financial crisis, climate change, energy security and other such developmental issues."

Subashini noted that the India Week, once again offered the citizens of Hamburg to discover India in its richness, traditions, vibrant colours and festivities.

Hamburg's importance for India is underscored by the fact Hamburg is the gateway not only to Germany but to the entire Central and east Europe as well as to the Scandinavian countries.

State Councillor Wolfgang Schmidt said: "India ranks next to China as Hamburg's major Asian trading partner. But also in science, education, ecology and culture, we are maintaining a lively exchange. Relations are strong, and yet we would like to identify ways of enhancing collaboration, unearth future potential, assess potential risks, and, most importantly, discover further opportunities."

Subashini said some of the projects and programmes would continue beyond the India week, for instance the Yamuna-Elbe river project in New Delhi and the Bitfilm Festival in Bangalore.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 12:55


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