Germany and India are celebrating 60 years of successful development cooperation this year.
Both partners share fundamental political principles, like respect for human rights, good governance and support for the solution of major global challenges like climate change.
Both nations support the implementation of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are contributing to compliance of the climate goals agreed upon in Paris. This makes both countries important strategic partners.
India will play a very important role in solving future issues because of its large youth population, its dynamic economic development and the associated resource consumption, and also due to its geostrategic position. Without India, the challenges of overcoming poverty, reducing global warming and its negative impact, and creating liveable urban centers, cannot be achieved.
The Indian government has launched ambitious reform programmes. Prominent examples include the goal of creating smart cities and significantly increasing the share of renewable energies in the country's energy mix. India also relies on international competence and cooperation, and sees Germany as a reliable partner.
Germany is its second-largest bilateral donor. Outstanding lighthouse projects highlighting Indo-German cooperation include the partnership for implementing grid integration of renewable energy (Green Energy Corridors) and work in the field of sustainable urban development, including the "Smart Cities Mission" and the expansion of urban transport infrastructure.
This year's intergovernmental consultations under the leadership of Dr. Wolfram Klein (Head of the India/South Asia unit at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) was all about future cooperation in the priority areas of energy, sustainable urban development, environmental protection and resource conservation.
In addition, German support for targeted reforms in vocational education and training continues to be in high demand, as Germany's "dual vocational training" is considered groundbreaking.