Angela Merkel is making her first trip to India beginning Monday, aiming to boost
business ties with this country.
30-strong business delegation comprising senior executives from European planemaker
Airbus, conglomerate Siemens, German airline Lufthansa, rail operator Deutsche
Bahn and reinsurer Munich Re among others will accompany her on her three-day
visit to New Delhi and Mumbai.
and Germany are expected to sign a slew of agreements in areas ranging from trade
and technology to energy and defence during Merkel''s visit.
education and research minister Annette Schavan and influential figures in the
world of science and technology will also accompany Merkel.
India-US civil nuclear deal, which has been stalled due to the standoff between
the government and its Left allies, is unlikely to figure prominently during bilateral
an influential member of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, is the next chair
of the NSG. Berlin has indicated that it supports India''s quest for global civil
nuclear integration, but would wait for it to complete its safeguards agreement
with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) before taking a formal stand
on the issue.
will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a broad range of bilateral,
regional and global issues, including UN reforms, climate change, energy security,
cooperation in the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations and promoting
security in Afghanistan.
agreements in areas of science and technology, trade and economy and a pact on
exchange of classified information in the defence sector will be signed after
the talks between the two leaders.
whose country is current president of the G8 club of most industrialised nations,
is likely to seek India''s support in bringing the Doha round of global trade negotiations
to an early and successful conclusion.
firms wanted to boost ties with India in newer areas such as environmental technology
and software as well as machinery, electrical engineering and chemicals.
trade with India reached $15.1 billion (about 10.5 billon euros) last year. German
exports to India rose more than 50 per cent while Indian exports to Germany were
up 20 per cent.
"the prospects are enormous for Germany." And, India, Asia''s third-biggest
economy, has been growing at an average of 8.6 per cent since in the past four
is also expected to meet ethnic minority groups and non-governmental organisations.