November 30, 2018
On the occasion of the annual Indo-German Bilateral Negotiations and commemorating 60 years of successful Indo-German Development Cooperation, a “Touring Exhibition” was launched on 28th November 2018 at Hyatt Regency. The exhibition showcased historical landmarks of Indo-German Development Cooperation since past six decades. This exhibition will further travel to Bengaluru, Kochi and Chennai through 2019.
The touring exhibition was launched by Dr C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary (EA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Dr Wolfram Klein, Head of South Asia Division, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
In her opening remarks Mrs. Christiane Hieronymus, Head of Economic Cooperation & Development, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany said, "I take great pleasure in welcoming you all to tonight’s launch event of our touring exhibition that recites tale of two close and trusted partners in development cooperation."
Speaking at the launch Dr C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary (EA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India said, "It’s a brilliant idea to launch a touring exhibition travelling different cities and highlighting Indo-German Development Cooperation. I would like to congratulate everyone for contributing, not just for this fantastic launch but also on the successful bilateral negotiations.”
Dr. Wolfram Klein, Head of India & South Asia division, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) said, “I am very happy to be a part of this celebration between the two nations. It was a great learning experience for me working on various locations for the development. Today’s touring exhibition shows the long-standing relationship between both the countries. We will continue to work towards further strengthening the bilateral relations between these two nations.”
India and Germany look back on decades of successful bilateral relations. This touring exhibition maps the interesting snippets from the history of the achievements of this journey and, creates a space for nostalgia and discussions about the road ahead.
Indo-German Development Cooperation laid the roots of its long-standing relationship in 1958. The goal was to achieve sustainable global development and to foster a spirit of progressive partnership and trust. During the course, several milestones have been achieved such as the launch of IIT Madras in 1959, the launch and success of the Polio Immunisation Programme in 1996 and the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna in 2008 and setting up a 125-MW solar power plant in Sakri, Maharashtra, to name a few.
India is Germany’s biggest development partner with a proven track record of success. Now, the areas of focus are renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable urban development, environment protection and resource management. In course of these fruitful long-standing years of association, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and other implementing agencies have constantly developed their approach to work towards sustainable global development with India and to nurture a spirit of partnership and trust.