New Delhi, 1 November 2019: Chancellor Angela Merkel was invited to India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the fifth German-Indian government consultations.
India is the world's largest democracy and Germany is its most important trading partner within the EU. Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting New Delhi until Saturday.
The fist consultations with the Indian government took place in New Delhi in May 2011. The areas were identified in which bilateral relations were to be stepped up.
The Chancellor first visited Raj Ghat. The black marble slab marks the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948, in line with Hindu tradition.
The government consultations were intended to further deepen and consolidate the strategic partnership. A total of eleven ministers accompanied the Chancellor.
The key issues this time included making progress on digital transformation thanks to innovation and technologies for the future, especially artificial intelligence.
13 inter-governmental agreements and nine other agreements with institutions and executing agencies were signed in the presence of the Chancellor.
The Chancellor and the Prime Minister in the "Gandhi Smriti": Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life in this house and garden.
The "martyr's column" in the garden marks the place where Mahatma Ghandi was assassinated on 30 January 1948.
There was still time for a brief visit to the historic old town of Delhi, where the main mosque is almost 400 years old.
New Delhi, 2 November 2019: Continental, Germany's second largest automobile supplier, employs more than 8,000 people at 15 locations in India. The Chancellor visited a plant in Gurgaon.
Continental develops and manufactures braking systems here, with a focus on safety/automated driving and digitalisation, also of traditional manufacturing.
Then Angela Merkel found out more about a solar-powered metro station. The photovoltaic plant on the roof was installed in cooperation with German companies.
The company also operates battery-powered electric rickshaws