18 deals signed with Germany; Modi promotes ‘Make in India’

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Making a strong ‘Make in India’ pitch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for greater collaboration with Germany at an event attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Bengaluru.

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Speaking at the Indo-German Summit, organised by IT group Nasscom, PM Modi said that his government had “worked for 15 months to make India an easy place to do business.”

He added, “We have taken very decisive steps to remove a number of long-pending concerns of investors.”

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Promoting his ‘Digital India’ campaign, the PM said, “It is the software of India that will move the hardware of the world.”

Chancellor Merkel also said, “German engineering and India’s IT expertise are fused here in Bengaluru.”

The two leaders had earlier visited the Bengaluru plant of German automotive major Bosch, where they interacted with its executives on innovation and research to help the government promote ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’.

After three-hour-long talks and signing 18 deals, PM Modi said, “We see Germany as a natural partner in achieving our vision of India’s economic transformation. German strengths and India’s priorities are aligned.”

The two countries signed deals worth $2.25 billion (around Rs. 14,600 crore) on German investment in developing India’s clean energy corridors and solar energy industry, ahead of the crucial UN climate change talks, to be held in Paris in December.

An agreement was also signed under which German will be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas or central schools across India as an additional foreign language while modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany.

Merkel welcomed the fast-track approval agreement, which will ensure German companies have a single point of contact with the Indian government, to avoid the layers of bureaucracy.

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