In his first international visit of the year, PM Modi thanked the German Chancellor for the warm reception received at Berlin on 2nd May 2022. He said that India and Germany have given at most importance to strategic partnership between the two countries. The relationships are based on the common values that the countries adhere to.
The last Inter-Governmental Consulatioans (IGC) at the level of Head of Governments between India and Germany was held in 2019. Since then there has been strategic changes in the geo political structure of the world. Covid 19 had struck the world.
The 6th Inter-Governmental Consulatioans (IGC) held on 2 May 2022 had strengthen India’s ties with Germany in the fields of energy and environment, PM remarked after his talks with his German counterpart. PM launched ” Indo-Germany partnership on Green and Sustainable Development”. With the new partnership, Germany has agreed to invest 10 billion Euros to support India’s green initatives, till the year 2030. The countries have agreed to create a Green Hydrogen Task Force, which will help improve the infrastructure in both countries. In the post covid era, India is witnessing fastest growth among the developing economies.
There won’t be victory for either sides in the war in Ukraine. We stand on the side of peace. The only solution to the conflict is through talks. The war had only resulted in shortage of supplies including fertilizers. The effect of war is more severe in poorer countries. India sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine during the crisis.
A brief outlook on the history of India’s relations with Germany
- India was one of the first countries to end the state of war with post-war Germany in 1951 and amongst the first countries to grant recognition to Federal Republic of Germany.
- Germany is the second most populous country in Europe after Russia with a population of 83,190,556 and an area of 357, 000 sq. kms. It is the 4th largest economy in the world with a GDP of US $ 3.5 trillion and contributes about 20 % of the EU budge.
- The first Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) held in New Delhi in May 2011.
- The second Intergovernmental Consultations took place in Berlin on 11th April, 2013.
- The Third India Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) was held in New Delhi on October 05, 2015.
- The 4th IGC was held in Berlin on May 30, 2017 wherein 12 Cooperation documents in various sectors were signed.
- The 5th IGC, was held in Delhi on Nov. 1, 2019 during which 21 MoUs/Agreements were signed in diverse areas of engagment including some of the new and emerging areas such as Artificial Intellegience, Space, Smart Cities, Urban Green Mobility etc.
- Germany is India’s largest trading partner in Europe. Germany is the 7th largest foreign direct investor in India.
- There are about 1.7 lakh Indians and people of Indian origin in Germany.