German delegation scouts for business opportunities in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Feb 2018 10:36:46


Business Bureau,

A SPECIAL delegation from the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany consisting of 27 members which included 11 companies and two universities, visited the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and had a meeting with the members of the industry and NMC officials on Wednesday. The Exim Forum of VIA and Let’s Bridge IT, Germany had jointly organised the session at the VIA auditorium, Nagpur.

“The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sister State initiative between the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany and State of Maharashtra in 2015, opened a new chapter in economic cooperation. We are very happy to visit Nagpur, the second Capital of Maharashtra which is full of energy and developing at a rapid pace. The scenario in Nagpur opens up unlimited business opportunities. The visit also offers a chance to meet politicians, researchers, economists and industrialists to forge business alliances, share technical knowledge, partnerships and joint ventures between German and Indian companies,” said Dr Frank Mentrup, Mayor of the city of Karlsruhe, while talking at a press conference in VIA.

Mentrup highlighted that the delegation was here to highlight the State of Baden-Württemberg as a budding market for Indian companies in Germany and to promote business opportunities between the states of Maharashtra and Baden-Württemberg.

Today, the German delegation held several meetings with the industrial fraternity and senior officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) with special focus on air pollution, water and waste water management. On Thursday, the German delegation would visit the Koradi Thermal Power Plant, NEERI and Bhandewadi Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).

Atul Pande, President of VIA said that there were various similarities between the State of Baden-Württemberg and Nagpur as most of the companies were family-owned small and medium enterprises. Germany is headquarters to more than 401 multinational companies (MNCs) including SAP, Mercedes, Daimler, Bausch, etc., and SMEs contribute about 80 per cent of the productivity. Most of the SMEs are vendors supplying high quality parts and components to MNCs, he added.

Present were Dr Ing Hannes Spieth, Managing Director, Umwelttechnik BW (UTBW), Dr Cornelia Frank, HoD International Cooperation and Location Marketing, Baden-Württemberg International, Daniel Roth, Unit International Affairs and Iris Becker and Ashish Pandit of Let’s Bridge IT, representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) in Maharashtra.

Representatives from the VIA consisted of Suresh Rathi, Vice-President of VIA, Amity Sara, Vice-President and Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary.