On 20 October in New Delhi, India and Germany celebrate 50 years of Indo-German Development Cooperation. New commitments of the German Government will be announced. Today´s priority areas of Indo-German Development Cooperation are: Energy, environment and sustainable economic development.
German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Mrs. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul is going to visit India from 20 to 24 October 2008. In New Delhi on 20 October, Minister Wieczorek-Zeul will hold political talks with Minister of Finance P.Chidambaram. Both ministers will participate in the Celebration of 50 years of Indo-German Development Cooperation. The German Minister will also travel to Kolkata and visit projects of Indo-German development cooperation.
Germany is one of the very few partners of India in development cooperation. Both the countries look back on a particularly successful partnership in this field which over the last 50 years has covered a broad range of activities. Indo-German development cooperation today focuses on three priority areas: Energy, environment and sustainable economic development. Development cooperation activities range from supporting cooperative banking reform or introducing social security schemes to projects on energy efficiency. Beyond the importance of funding, innovative ideas, know-how and capacity building play a key role.