He underlined the close ties between the two countries, that go far beyond the area of successful development cooperation. An exhibition on milestones of Indo-German development cooperation and a film about the achievements completed the event. Ambassador Dr. Ney promised the guests of the event a surprise and later in the evening he kept his word.
Along with the celebration, the Green Wicket competition was launched. Cricket is in the hearts of millions of Indians and thus qualifies to be the best channel to promote eco awareness and motivate people to adopt green measures. The ‘Green Wicket Project’ designed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is one such initiative to promote resource efficiency and energy management among the masses in India by setting examples within the construction of stadia and the cricket fraternity. A drawing competition has been launched for children from class 6th to 11th in the cities of Ranchi and Indore. The prize giving ceremony will take place at the end of 2019. Indian cricket star Nayan Mongia was invited to launch ‘Green Wicket’ and motivate people for a greener future. He presented a specially signed cricket bat to the young star Radha Yadav.
Earlier in the day, Ambassador Dr. Ney together with Prof. Claudia Warning, Director-General at the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development -BMZ gave a press conference informing the media about Germany's ongoing economic development projects with India.