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India and Germany Ink 12 Pacts

India and Germany has inked 12 agreements after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel on a range of issues like  trade, skill development, cyber security and terrorism.

Agreements

The 12 agreements include 9 joint declarations of intent (JDIs) and 3 memoranda of understanding (MoU). They are:

  • Agreement on collaboration between the Ministry of Skill Development and Germany’s BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). This agreement would facilitate training of Indian skill development officers and cluster managers.
  • JDI between Ministry of Science and Technology and the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for the establishment of a Indo-German Centre for Sustainability.
  • JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on cooperation on cyber policy.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Finance and BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Indo-German Development Cooperation.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) over continuation of cooperation in the field of advanced training of corporate and junior executives from India.
  • JDI between the Department of Heavy Industries and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) on cooperation in vocational education and skill development for machine tools.
  • Agreement between Ministry of Health and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) on cooperation in health sector.
  • Agreement between the AYUSH and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) over cooperation in alternative medicine.
  • JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on collaboration between Foreign Service institutes of both the country.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Railways and German Ministry of Transport on cooperation in railway safety.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Urban Development and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on cooperation for sustainable urban development.

Others

India thanked Germany for supporting its membership bid in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). India and Germany both support each other’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council. The G4 nations comprising Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan are supporting each other’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.

India and Germany together has also vowed to counter the challenges posed by those who encourage, support and finance terrorism. They also called for the earlier adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. European countries like Germany, France, the UK and Sweden have recently faced a spate of terror attacks. The latest terror attack was at a concert in Manchester, UK.

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India, Germany ink agreement on vocational training

India and Germany have signed an agreement on vocational training that aims to foster conditions to create and improve workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters.

The agreement was signed between the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and German International Cooperation (GIZ).

Features of Agreement

  • Technical assistance will be used to enhance industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations.
  • It will help to foster industry linkages and build capacity of local training institutions which will help to adapt elements of the German dual system into the Indian context.
  • Under it, a new project focused on adapting elements of German dual system in India in select industrial clusters will be initiated.
  • This project will be implemented in three selected clusters in India. It includes Automobile cluster in Maharashtra and Electronics cluster in Bangalore.

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Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Steinbeis GmbH Co. KG, Germany for technology transfer and resourcing in manufacturing, including sub-sectors of Capital Goods.

The MoU between India Steinbeis GmbH was signed in April, 2016 during the Industrial Exhibition Hannover Messe 2016 in Hannover, Germany.

Steinbeis GmbH is leading German organization for applied industrial research in Europe. It will act as a Technology Resource Partner for implementing identified projects in manufacturing.

The MoU envisages following field of cooperation

  • Technology road mapping for specified Capital Goods sub-sectors.
  • Cooperation in events on technology.
  • Profiling of specific technologies.
  • Upgrading existing technology institutes and setting up Greenfield institutes in India.
  • Assessment of technology status of Capital Goods Cluster,
  • Other technology related co-operation and collaboration.

Comment

The MoU is a framework instrument that seeks to facilitate industrial technology projects by Indian Capital Goods Sector. It will provide a platform to various public sector undertakings (PSUs) and Capital Goods Sector units to have easy access to expertise and capabilities of Steinbeis GmbH for identifying and plugging technology gaps.

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