India and Hamburg: a Sustainable Partnership That Continues to Grow

     India and Hamburg: a Sustainable Partnership That Continues to Grow

  PR Newswire

  HAMBURG, Germany and MUMBAI, India, October 15, 2012

HAMBURG, Germany and MUMBAI, India, October 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

India's partnership with Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city and a major
trading hub of Northern Europe, will be further strengthened when Olaf Scholz,
First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, visits India from 15 to
20 October.

Olaf Scholz, government leader of the North-German city-state of Hamburg, will
travel to Mumbai and Delhi this week. He will be accompanied by around 40
Hamburg representatives from the spheres of politics, business and culture.
Home to Europe's second-largest container-port, Hamburg is Germany's main
gateway for Indian goods into Germany and the European Union. The majority of
trade between Germany and India is conducted through Hamburg, with a volume in
excess of USD 1.6 billion in 2011. Hamburg provides Indian enterprises with
access to the European market. Around 35 companies, including Mittal-Steel,
Tata-Consultancy Services and the wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon-Energy,
have head offices in Hamburg. The wind energy sector benefits from the strong
infrastructure of Hamburg's maritime and aviation industries. Airbus, Europe's
biggest aircraft manufacturer, is also based in Hamburg.

Currently, more than 14,000 people work in Hamburg in the field of renewable
energy, and this trend is increasing. Over the last few years, international
corporations from the wind energy sector have based themselves in Hamburg.
Among industry experts, Hamburg is now regarded as Germany's wind energy
capital. India's economy is developing at a rapid rate, and Hamburg is also
enjoying sustained growth. This has led to an increasing demand on both
infrastructure and environmental protection. However, Hamburg is not only a
leading economic centre of Northern-Europe; it is also a model region of
sustainable urban development. In view of this, Mr Scholz will meet Dr Farooq
Abdullah, India's Minister of New and Renewable Energies, at the beginning of
his visit.

Hamburg has had its own representative office in Mumbai since January 2011 (
http://www.hamburgmumbai.com ). Cities such as Hamburg and Mumbai are the
leading economic centres of their respective regions, and well-trained
specialist staff will play a key role in the future of these locations. On 16
October, Olaf Scholz and Mallikarjun Kharge, India's Minister of Labour and
Employment, are due to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the
education sector. For several decades now, Hamburg's higher education
institutions have been collaborating with elite Indian universities and
research organisations.

Contact: Hamburg Marketing GmbH Media RelationsGuido Neumann Phone:
+49(0)40-411110617 E-mail: guido.neumann@marketing.hamburg.de
 
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