At the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited India from 31 October – 1 November 2019 for the fifth round of Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). Chancellor Merkel was accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Science and Education, Food and Agriculture, and an Official Delegation. A business delegation comprising leaders of German companies also accompanied Chancellor Merkel. During the visit, Chancellor Merkel held meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi.
Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Shri Modi reiterated that the Indo-German Strategic Partnership is based on the common values and principles of democracy, free and fair trade, and rules-based international order, as well as on mutual trust and respect. Key issues in the discussions included jointly driving the digital transformation through innovation and frontier technologies, especially artificial intelligence, making economic growth sustainable by cooperating on climate change, creating space for people to people contacts through legal mobility for skilled labour, and contributing to a reliable international order by strengthening and updating multilateral institutions.
During the visit both countries signed following agreements :
1-Implementing Arrangement for Exchange of Personnel between ISRO and German Aerospace Centre
2-Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Civil Aviation
3-Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) on Cooperation within the International Smart Cities Network
4-Joint Declaration of Intent between on Cooperation in the Field of Skills Development and Vocational Education and Training
5-Declaration of Intent on Strengthening Economic Cooperation in the field of Start-ups
6-Joint Declaration of Intent on the Establishment of Bilateral Cooperation Project regarding Agricultural Market Development
7-Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Occupational Diseases, Re-habilitation and vocational training of Insured Persons & workers with disabilities
8-Memorandum of Understanding For Cooperation in Inland, Coastal and Maritime Technology
9-Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote, establish and expand scientific and technological research cooperation
10-MoU on Establishment of an Academic Collaboration in Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation
11-Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Germany on Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education for Extension of the period of Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education
12-MoU between National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management MANAGE and the German Agricultural Academy DEULA in the city of Nienburg on collaboration in agricultural technical and professional training
13-Joint Declaration of Intent between Siemens Limited, India and MSDE and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on Skills for Sustainable Growth
14-MoU on the Extension of Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education
15-Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation between the National Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Indian Museum Kolkata, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Stiftung Humboldt Forum in Berliner Schloss
16-Memorandum of Understanding between All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V (DFB)
17-Statement of Intent on the key elements of the Indo-German Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement.