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An annual, but not ordinary event: the AGM 2016

“The venue was full, but not overcrowded, and everyone was in good mood – a truly successful event”. This is how Bernhard Steinruecke, Director General of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, describes the annual meeting on October 13th, 2016.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) is a central event for its members – after all, it is the biggest Indo-German business fair. It unites decision makers of the industrial and commercial sector, diplomacy and media and is hence an important networking and advertising platform. Members do not only get an opportunity to present themselves with their products or services, but can also benefit from lectures held by high-level guest speakers.

      

The joint stand under the motto "Invest in Germany" (left) and Hamburg Business Manager Lukas Schmitz with Chief Representative Peter Deubet (right).

Instead of taking place in Mumbai, the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi was exceptionally the venue of the gathering. Naturally, the Hamburg Representation could not miss out on such an event. The stand of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai was part of a novelty at the AGM. For the first time, different German representations collaborated and created a joint stand under the motto “Invest in Germany”, which stood out in his appearance and its resonance within the fair visitors. The Hamburg stand was well frequented in particular, so that numerous conversations of economic, cultural and academic nature were elaborated. Not least, the Elbphilharmonie as Hamburg’s figurehead at the AGM attracted a great deal of attention.     

      

From left to right: Hamburg Ambassador Frank Koenig, IGCC Director General Bernhard Steinruecke, German Minister Alexander Dobrindt, German Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney and Hamburg Business Manager Lukas Schmitz. On the right: the first Indian Mercedes-truck.

Even the German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt and German Ambassador in India Dr. Martin Ney took theopportunity of visiting the AGM and respectively the stand of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. To this occasion, the work of Hamburg Ambassador Frank Koenig has been explained to Minister Dobrindt. Previous to the beginning of the AGM, the Minister was additionally able to witness the award of the cross of merit to IGCC Director General Bernhard Steinruecke, who has been honored for his efforts in strengthening Indo-German relations. Steinruecke pointed out that the cross of merit had been rewarded representatively to the whole Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, which includes the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. Not only that makes the AGM 2016 a memorable congress: after all, the Chamber as well as the companies Siemens and Bosch are currently celebrating their 60th anniversary in India. To this solemn occasion, the fair visitors were able to admire the first Mercedes-truck constructed by an Indian builder in 1954. The colorful vehicle became the object of numerous pictures. At last, an evening reception at the German ambassador’s place of residence rounded off the evening – the end of a successful fair day.



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