Capacity-building for young politicians

Young Group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in India

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Between October 25th and 30th, 14 members of the German parliament visited India as part of a dialogue and conference programme. The trip led them to the Indian capital New Delhi and to Bengaluru. They met representatives of politics, economy, science, and the church. Focus points of the visit were chances of Indo-German economic cooperation, education of the youth, promotion of renewable energy, and youth politics.

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Talks of the delegation of the Young Group with Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A delegation of the Young Group of the CDU/CSU party group, those members of the party group in the German parliament who were below the age of 35 at the last election date, visited India between October 25th and 30th. In New Delhi they met with Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The delegation, consisting of 13 members of parliament from the Young Group of the CDU/CSU party group and Christian Hirte, Member of Parliament, was led by Steffen Bilger, Member of Parliament. As part of the programme, the delegation met Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Minister for Shipping, and former President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Najma A. Heptullah, Minister of Minority Affairs, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-President of the BJP, Anurag Singh Thakur, Member of the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Spokesperson of the BJP, and National President of the BJYM, Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of the Indian National Congress (INC), and several members of parliament from different parties.

During two round-table discussions organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), respectively, the delegates spoke about chances for economic cooperation between the two countries. Further, the group met the newly appointed ambassador of Germany to India, Dr. Martin Ney, Archbishop Dr. Kuriakose Bharanqikulangara, and representatives of German organisations and companies in India. During a ceremony at Carmel Convent School, the members of parliament handed over German language diploma to school girls learning German as a foreign language.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the group traveled to the IT-hub Bengaluru, where visits to Mercedes-Benz, Robert Bosch GmbH, and the second-largest Indian IT-company Infosys took place. Furthermore, a round-table discussion with Indian members of parliament and CEOs of Indian and German companies was organised in cooperation with CII.


Mark Alexander Friedrich

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India, October 27, 2015


Peter Rimmele

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