Modi will meet Merkel in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss in Bengaluru on Tuesday the role of technology and innovation in manufacturing and IT services for the NDA government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives.

While Ms Merkel’s trip to this tech hub from Monday night has been on cards as part of her three-day official visit to India since Sunday, PM Modi is joining her for firsthand view of the 50-billion euro German auto major Bosch facility and learn how other German firms in the country will contribute to the make in India and digitise India projects.

After viewing presentations on Bosch engineering and business solutions and vocational centre, both leaders will walk through its facilities and interact with its executives.”Bengaluru is the city where you can see how German firms like Bosch, Siemens, SAP, BASF and Mercedes-Benz innovate and make in India products and solutions for its development,” German Consul General Jorn Rohde said.

“The visit of heads of the state to Bengaluru signifies the growing collaboration between the two countries in research and development, smart manufacturing and convergence of information and communication technologies (ICT),” Mr Rohde noted.

PM Modi and Ms Merkel will also participate at an ICT event in a star hotel, where they will interact with who’s who of the IT industry, including Infosys co-founder NR Narayan Murthy and Wipro czar Azim Premji and German software major SAP India executives.According to German Ambassador Martin Ney, both the leaders will focus on business ties between the two countries in the city.

The meeting between Modi and Merkel comes days after they met in New York on September 26 at a high-powered summit of India, Brazil, Germany and Japan (G-4 group), which the Indian prime minister hosted, as all the four countries are bidding for a permanent seat in the United Nation’s restructured Security Council.

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