Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the pace of development of Indo-German relations is fast, its direction positive and destination clear. “Germany will always find India as powerful, prepared and capable partner,” he said, signalling the start of a new chapter of Indo-German relationship. While addressing a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, PM Modi said, “We made a comprehensive debut in the IGC meeting. Ministers from both sides participated, they discussed throughout the day in detail yesterday…We also reviewed the opportunities and challenges related to European Union in detail.”
Talking about the Indo-German partnership, PM said, “Partnership helps both countries, but at the same time we have thought about how this partnership would be useful in the global context.”
Here are five reasons, which PM Modi talked about in his speech, that mark the start of a new chapter of India-Germany relationship.
1. Innovation and democracy
Germany is known across the world for its innovation capability as well as its democratic credentials. Under Modi, innovation has also become one of the top priorities for India and both countries can mutually assist in this regard.
2. Global perspective
PM Modi said Indo-German relationship has both regional and global perspectives. Both countries discussed new and upcoming opportunities and challenges in Asia, Europe and the world. This discussion is important as the ongoing flux in international politics has provided both Germany and India a unique opportunity to become permanent allies.
3. Quantum jump in economic ties and outcome-oriented decision making
PM Modi said, “In every field, we have been able to see an outcome-oriented momentum and a quantum jump in our economic relationship can be seen.”
4. Skilling India
“German partnership is very important for making Skill India Mission successful. I believe that if 800 million youth get skill as per the global standards, then the youth power of India can contribute to India’s development. Germany has set global parameters in skill development which are very apt for India,” PM said.
5. Investment, football, climate protection,
PM Modi said German industry is playing an important role in India’s economy. India also wants to collaborate with Germany in the field of sports (football) to train Indian youth in the sport. Both countries are also mutually cooperating in climate protection, science and technology and start-up and taken steps in this regard.