Following the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to India to reaffirm the strategic partnership between India and Germany, representatives from the Aachen region travelled to the subcontinent at the beginning of February 2008 to strengthen and expand existing contacts at the political, cultural, scientific and economic levels.

"During our trip, we not only promoted the Aachen economic region as a location for companies interested in settling here, but also gained an overview of the possibilities for regional companies to enter the Indian market," said Dr. Jürgen Linden, Lord Mayor of the City of Aachen, who led the delegation. For the Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Professor Dr. Burkhard Rauhut, initiating new collaborations with Indian research institutions and deepening existing ties was an important concern. "So far, we are already cooperating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennaiz within the framework of the German Academic Exchange Service, of which I was able to get an idea on site," said Rauhut. He would like to convey the attractiveness of RWTH to Indian students and lecturers. Currently, around 200 Indian students are enrolled at the university - this number has more than quadrupled since 2001.

The visit programme included a meeting with the German Ambassador Bernd Mützelburg and representatives of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi as well as company visits to the cities of Gurgaon and Noida, the most important satellite cities in the industrial belt around Delhi.

The delegation trip was organized by Dr.Wamser + Batra GmbH / Dr. Wamser + Batra India Pvt. Ltd., accompanied by Mike Batra.

Design of a travel plan taking into account the interests of each participant

Planning of all flights etc. and bookings for the participants

Planning of two B2B contact fairs in Delhi and Mumbai

Implementation and accompaniment of the trip

The delegation trip to India organized by Dr. Wamser + Batra was a complete success

Dr. Jürgen Linden, Lord Mayor

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