The German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, together with Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Indian Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs inaugurated the German Development Cooperation Office (GDCO) in India – housing the German development agencies GIZ, KfW and DEG today in New Delhi.
Also present at the opening ceremony were Mr Joachim Prey, Director General - Asia, Latin America and Caribbean Department - GIZ, Mr Roland Siller Member of the Management Committee Europe and Asia KfW Development Bank and Mr Bruno Wenn, Chairman Management Board DEG along with heads of the development agencies including Dr Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director GIZ India, Mr Peter Hiliges, Director KFW Office India and Mr Kunal Makkar, Head DEG India.
On the occasion, Ambassador Dr Ney congratulated all the three development agencies. In his message Dr Ney said that all the three agencies play a major role in implementing the development cooperation and this Office shall allow these agencies to work even more closely on the ambitious Indo-German projects to achieve even greater milestones.
Mr Shaktikanta Das in is address said that the inauguration of the German Development Cooperation was a demonstration of long-standing Indo - German and economic relations. In his message Mr Das also said that countries like Germany have significantly enhanced the level of bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA). He also appreciated that Germany’s ODA towards India, which are in sync with India’s priority sectors and SDG 2030 including solar energy, smart cities, and environment.