Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor, meets with top Indian business minds in Bengaluru
Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor, meets with top Indian business minds in Bengaluru

New Delhi, India: German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz was on a two-day official tour to India from February 25 to 26, 2023. During his visit, Scholz spoke with “amazing talents” of SAP India, according to a tweet from Philipp Ackermann, the German Ambassador to India. He met young Indians travelling to Germany in Bengaluru and saw “India’s new face.”

Philipp Ackermann tweeted, “Bangalore revealed the contemporary side of India to @Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz & us! At Sun Mobility, we changed scooter batteries, and at SAP India, we interacted with inspiring talent. At the conclusion of a fruitful tour, the chancellor spoke with young Indians travelling to Germany and stopped by Royal Challengers!”

Royal Challengers Banglore, an IPL cricket team, tweeted on Sunday, “In Namma Chinnaswamy Stadium, we had the great honour and privilege of hosting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He called today’s RCB WPL camp.”

The German Chancellor visited President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Germany is India’s leading trading partner in Europe, according to President Murmu, and it also ranks well among foreign investors in India. She further said that Germany is also India’s second-largest partner in development cooperation and has been crucial to India’s progress.

“The President welcomed Chancellor Scholz on his first-ever trip to India as the German Chancellor and said that India and Germany have a long-standing partnership that is based on shared values and objectives. A variety of topics are covered in our bilateral relationship, which reflects the mutual trust that has been fostered for decades,” a statement the Rashtrapati Bhavan stated.

According to President Murmu, there is a long history of German Indologists working in India, strengthening the cultural ties between Germany and India. She claimed that sustaining democratic ideals, the rules-based international order, multilateralism, and the reform of multilateral institutions were common goals of Germany and India.

Olaf Scholz stated during his visit that India has experienced a tremendous rise and emphasised that it is “extremely positive” for the relations between the two countries. He also said that India is experiencing a surge in the development of software and IT during a joint press conference with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.

“India has made significant strides towards development, which is beneficial for our countries’ relations. As a result of Russia’s actions, the entire world is suffering, causing current food and energy supplies,” said Olaf Scholz.

Scholz made the following observations after meeting PM Modi, “We require talent and skilled labour. India is experiencing a surge in the creation of software and IT, and it is home to many strong businesses. India has a wealth of talent, and we want to capitalise on it. In Germany, we aim to find and recruit that talent.”