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PM Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz signed Joint Declaration of Intent for establishing Green and Sustainable Development Partnership

Updated: May 3, 2022 3:55 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that whenever the world faces a problem, India comes forward with a solution. He called it the strength of New India. Interacting with the Indian community in Berlin in Germany last night, Mr Modi said, there is a need to follow the mantra of minimum government and maximum governance. He stressed that a country progresses when people of the nation proactively work towards developing it. He also stated that he is reducing the burden on government and letting people give direction to new India. Prime Minister Modi reached Germany yesterday on the first leg of his visit to three-European nations.

Addressing the Indian diaspora, Mr Modi said, political will is needed for reform. He highlighted that from 200 to 400 startups 8 years ago, India today has 68 thousand startups.

Prime Minister Modi and  German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also co-chaired the sixth edition of the India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) yesterday. The biennial IGC is a unique dialogue format that also sees participation of several Ministers from both sides. This was the Prime Minister’s first IGC with Chancellor Scholz and also the first such Government-to-Government consultations of the new German Government, which assumed office in December last year.

On the Ukraine crisis, Mr Modi said, India has from the very beginning called for a ceasefire as it believes dialogue is the only way forward. He said, no party can emerge victorious out of this conflict and therefore, India supports peace. He said, India is very concerned about the humanitarian impact of this war.

Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Scholz signed the Joint Declaration of Intent establishing the Green and Sustainable Development Partnership. This Partnership envisages a whole-of-government approach to India-Germany cooperation on Sustainable Development Goals and climate action, under which Germany has agreed to make an advance commitment of 10 billion Euros of new and additional development assistance until 2030.

India and Germany have also signed joint declaration of Intent on Indo-German Hydrogen Task Force. The declaration was signed virtually yesterday between Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R.K Singh and German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Change Dr. Robert Habeck.

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