German Chancellor Scholz likely to visit India in October

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to visit India in October to hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a focus on boosting bilateral trade and economic relations.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

New Delhi | German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to visit India in October to hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a focus on boosting bilateral trade and economic relations.

German ambassador to India Philipp Ackermann said on Friday that "the ease of doing business" in India will be on the top of the agenda of Chancellor Scholz's trip.

The envoy told reporters that dates of visit are being finalised and that the visit is set to take place in the second half of October.

Ways to enhance defence ties are also expected to figure prominently in the talks between the two sides.

German defence major Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and India's state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) have already signed a framework agreement to jointly bid for the Indian Navy's Rs 43,000 crore contract for procurement of six stealth submarines.

The bidding process for the project called P-75 India ends in August. The defence ministry is likely to finalise the winner of the contract by the end of this year or early next year, officials said.

Ackermann said an increasing number of German defence companies are looking at the 'Make in India' initiative in the defence sector.

Overall, he said the confidence and trust of German businesses in India is growing.

There is willingness to invest in India, he said.

A German Indian Business Outlook 2024 survey was released.

Nearly six in 10 German companies are planning to increase their investments in India during the current financial year, it said.

In addition, 78 percent of companies expect rising sales, and 55 per cent forecast higher profits, the survey report said.

More than 2000 German companies are operating in India at present.

German investments in India have been mainly in sectors of transportation, electrical equipment, metallurgical industries, services sector (particularly insurance), chemicals, construction activity, trading and automobiles.

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