Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday visited German automotive major Bosch’s facility in Bengaluru for a firsthand view of its operations in India.
“Modi and Merkel viewed a powerpoint presentation on Bosch operations in India and walked through our innovation and vocational centres where research is done on innovative projects and skill development is imparted to our employees,” a Bosch India official said.
Both the leaders also interacted with top executives of German firms operating in India, including Bengaluru, and exchanged views on how to help the government boost its ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digitise India’ initiatives for creating jobs and promote exports.
Earlier, Karnataka governor Vajubhai R. Vala and chief minister Siddaramaiah received Modi who arrived by an Indian Air Force (IAF) at the HAL airport amid tight security.
After Bosch visit, Modi and Merkel will jointly participate in a tech event hosted by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and the German Fraunhofer Institute on “Digitising Tomorrow”.
Merkel, 61, who is on a three-day official visit to India since Sunday, flew into Bengaluru on Monday night with a large official-cum-business delegation to participate in the twin events with Modi.
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Merkel and Modi will also participate in a working lunch with high-ranking business leaders from India and Germany.
On Monday, Germany pledged over one billion euros to India’s solar energy push as the two countries struck a deal to fast-track investments from the European powerhouse and revived stalled talks on a crucial India-EU free trade pact.
Modi and Merkel signed 18 agreements on the second day her three-day visit, agreeing to enhance ties in key areas, including defence, intelligence, railways, trade and combating terrorism.
Asia’s third-largest economy has been relatively insulated from a slump in global trade, but Modi still needs to boost exports for his pitch to investors to create skilled jobs for millions of young Indians.
Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is looking to expand its presence in India to compensate for a slowdown in China, and offered assistance for flagship projects like Make in India, Digital India and the Clean Ganga project.