The year 2018 is truly special for Indo-German relations: It marks 60 years of fruitful development cooperation between our two countries. This is a monumental milestone. We celebrate it and renew our commitment to work together to create a better world by eradicating poverty, providing a better livelihood for all and protecting the environment.
Over the decades, India and Germany have redefined their roles. Classic development aid, as we once knew it—where there was a donor and a recipient—is obsolete now. Today, we are equal partners. Development cooperation today is about our joint responsibility for the globe that we live on, for securing the future of our societies. Knowledge sharing and mutual learning offer opportunities for both sides. Indo-German development cooperation focuses on issues that contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) laid out in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and are in line with India’s national reform programmes: renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate change, sustainable urban development, environmental protection and management of natural resources. We are also supporting vocational education and training (VET) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate employability and job creation.
With an overall development portfolio of nearly €8.5billion, India is the largest recipient of German bilateral development assistance worldwide. Marking a new era of cooperation and strategic partnership, one billion euros has been earmarked for each of these fields: sustainable urban development, solar energy and green energy corridors (GEC).
Working together as partners in progress, India and Germany are geared up to tackle global development challenges. We are aware that what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Our natural resources are limited and need to be preserved. With that in mind, Germany is keen to create innovative solutions like decentralised wastewater systems and e-mobility for Indian cities. After all, the only way forward is to build an inclusive and sustainable world where both the people and the planet prosper.