Of the 20 likely agreements to be signed when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits India, Ayurveda and agriculture are on top of the list
Bengaluru: When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits India on Friday (November 1) she will be signing 20 agreements.
Interestingly, the agreements are likely to be signed in the fields of agriculture, green urban mobility, Ayurveda, and Artificial intelligence, among other things.
On her visit, she will be accompanied by several ministers and 13 business leaders.
Her visit is a part of the fifth biennial Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).
Merkel, who arrives late on Thursday, will hold talks with Prime Minister Modi on Friday along with her ministers in the IGC format, after which the two sides will ink several agreements, likely to be around 20, said German diplomatic sources.
On Saturday, she will visit a big German automobile facility in Gurugram, which has 15 centres across India and employs many people.
She will also visit a metro station along with Prime Minister Modi on Saturday, before leaving for home.
The metro station is equipped with solar panels, which is part of the know-how needed to set up smart cities.
On Friday, after the bilateral talks, Merkel will meet with a delegation of "female personalities", such as lawyers, business persons, who have made a mark in their respective fields, said German Ambassador Walter J Lindner, briefing media ahead of the visit.
Under the IGC format, the counterpart ministers from both countries will hold initial discussions in their respective areas of responsibility.
The outcome of these discussions will be reported on at the IGC Co-Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Merkel.
The two leaders will have a separate engagement with CEOs and business leaders of both countries, said an MEA statement.
She will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind.
India and Germany have established a Strategic Partnership that is characterised by a high degree of trust and mutual understanding.
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Last Updated 30, Oct 2019, 4:34 PM