New Delhi: The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Mr. Olaf Scholz, paid an State visit to India on 25-26 February 2023. Chancellor Scholz was accompanied by senior officials and a high-powered business delegation. He was arrived in New Delhi on 25 February 2023 and proceed to Bengaluru on 26 February 2023.
This was the Chancellor Scholz’s first visit to India in his current role. This was the first standalone visit of a German Chancellor to India since the biennial Inter-Governmental Consultation (IGC) mechanism commenced in 2011, which is a whole-of-government framework under which Ministers from both countries hold discussions in their respective areas of responsibility and report on the outcome of discussions to the Prime Minister and Chancellor.
Chancellor Scholz was welcomed at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister and Chancellor was held discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues. The two Leaders was also interact with CEOs and business leaders of both sides.
Chancellor Scholz was also called on the President of India, H.E. Mrs. Droupadi Murmu.
The India-Germany Strategic Partnership is underpinned by shared values, trust and mutual understanding. Robust investment and trade linkages, cooperation in the areas of green and sustainable development and growing people-to-people ties have strengthened bilateral relations. India and Germany also work closely at multilateral and international platforms, notably as part of the G4 for UNSC reforms.
Chancellor Scholz’s visit was enabled both sides to take stock and progress on the key outcomes of the 6th IGC, strengthen security and defence cooperation, work towards closer economic ties, enhance opportunity for mobility of talent and give strategic guidance to ongoing collaboration in Science & Technology.