Mr. Olaf Scholz, First
Mayor (Chief Minister) of Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany called on
the Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K.Vasan today in New Delhi.
During the meeting, the Minister recalled the long association with
Germany in maritime sector and informed that an Agreement between India
and the Federal Republic of Germany on Maritime Transport Relations was
signed on 15 June, 1966 in New Delhi.
The Minister said that India values its strategic partnership with
Germany and stands ready to broaden and deepen it in all its aspects.
The Minister enquired about the strengths of Hamburg City in logistics
and maritime industry sector. Possible areas of cooperation were
discussed during the meeting. India would like to seek German expertise
in areas in areas such as decongestion of ports; information technology
for the movement of container traffic and maritime training.
The Minister recalled that the India participated at the Hamburg Port
Festival 2012 held between 11-13 May, 2012, as partner country and
featured a variety of activities dealing with Indian culture and
provided visitors with information on the country`s culture, cuisine and
ways to travel to India. Senior officials from the Directorate General
of Light houses and Lightships, Inland Waterways Authority of India,
Indian Ports Association, Shipping Corporation of India, Cochin Port,
New Mangalore Port and Mumbai Port Trust also took part in the Festival
to highlight the recent developments in the logistics sector in India
and highlighted the investment opportunities in the port sector in
India. The Minister also thanked Mr. Scholz for his extensive support
for a successful participation by India in the Hamburg Port Festival
which signaled the launching of Days of India in Germany.
The Minister stated that the areas identified could be explored further
by a team of officers from respective sides who could draw up the plan
for further cooperation. The Minister expressed hope that since 100% FDI
is allowed in the shipping sector in India and keeping in view that
India is emerging as a logistics hub and cruise destination, investments
in maritime sector from German companies would be mutually beneficial
for both the countries.