Panaji: Stating that Indian minds can contribute a lot with their skills in different sectors, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Jurgen Morhard
on Thursday said that Germany is looking out for highly-skilled manpower from India.
“We are partnering with the Indian government to upgrade the industrial training institutes, train the trainers and are introducing German vocational training because India needs trained people. We would like to welcome skilled technicians in Germany. Welders,
electricians, plumbers, and mechanics are also welcome to Germany if they meet certain criteria,” said Morhard while addressing a press conference in Merces.
He said that around 14,000 highly-skilled technical workforce from India is already working in Germany.
He further said that German experts will identify top ITIs in India which already has the service standard and develop them further and with German curriculum standard to upgrade them to a higher level.
Morhard said that there are more than 1,800 companies from Germany in India which also include 14 companies in Goa and they have collectively invested around Rs 12 billion, adding these companies are providing employment to four lakh people in India.
He said that Germany and India has strategic partnership and every two years there is intra-government
consultation at the cabinet level.
“We have signed more than 20 MoUs. The areas in which we are working together goes from Smart City development, climate issues, renewable energies, railway corporation, solar energy, and the most recent and important partnership is the smart city concept,” Morhard said.
“Germany’s micro, small and medium enterprises are family owned and that also makes a huge difference because it is a completely different commitment. In India also, there are many family-owned companies hence it is very easy to set up cooperation between Indian and Germany companies because family business owners understand much better as they share the same value and target long-term goals,” he said.
On ‘ease of doing business’ in India, Morhard said, “It is getting easier, of course, there is still a lot of red tape and complaints but what we have been successful at the national and state-level is what we call a fast-track
system. If there is any problem our embassy has a dialogue which is institutionalised with the government, then they help us to sort it out and this is a nice mechanism that proves to be very successful.”
The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai will hold a reception on Friday at a starred hotel on the outskirts of the city to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and to celebrate the day of German unity.