Issues like mobility, energy, sustainable city development, architecture, cultural spaces, urban art and education will be prominently featured in the events to be organised in the next 15 months to mark the 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Germany. This was stated by German ambassador to India Thomas Matussek on Friday while inagurating the event ‘Germany and India 2011-12: Infinite Opportunities’.
Peter Loscher, Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) chairman and Siemens AG president and CEO, said, ‘‘The words ‘infinite opportunities’, which aptly carry the motto of our project, say a great deal about why this year is so meaningful for so many of us. We want the 15-month celebration to enhance and further develop strategic partnerships between our countries, strengthening business ties, cultural links and personal connections... APA wants the relationship between Germany and India grow even more in the years to come and also build stronger partnerships, and contribute to innovation and sustainability here in India.’’
Speaking on the occasion, Matussek said, ‘‘With the Year of Germany in India we want to breathe life into our strategic partnership. We are setting up an exchange of ideas: people to people, Indians and Germans ...German hightech and Indian brains will find solutions to the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation.With the Mobile Space, a cluster of high tech pavillions, we will create a buzz in seven of India’s megacities, with a highly attractive programme directed primarily at the young, urban youth. This is the biggest presence that Germany has ever staged in India and it clearly showcases the potential of Indo-German cooperation. We will provide an all-round impression of our economy, research, education, culture and society - a 360 degrees panorama of Germany!’’
According to the visiting minister, Cornelia Pieper, “Our two countries have been reliable partners in all fields of bilateral cooperation for six decades. The Year of Germany in India is not only a 15-month celebration, it is also an opportunity to explore new fields of cooperation.”
The ‘Mobile Space’ will first be set up in Mumbai on November 11 for 10 days and then travel to Pune, Chennai, Bangalore,