For decades, Hamburg and India have enjoying an intense partnership in trade, business, science, research and culture. To showcase the deep ties with the subcontinent, Hamburg will be celebrating its sixth India Week in early November. The last India Week celebrated in 2013 attracted 20.000 visitors with its diverse programme. In 2015, the programme will even be larger, with more than 80 events already on the agenda.
Lectures and discussions will address the impact of current developments for companies in Hamburg and India, or inform visitors about politics and society. Films, concerts and exhibitions will showcase India’s art and culture scene. An Indian Food Festival and dance performances are also included in the series of events.
India’s Foreign Policy and Music Highlights
The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will start its India Week programm on 2 November with a lecture on the Indian consumer, with Rama Bijapurkar, consultant and market analyst from India, holding the keynote.On 3 November, the Metropolis cinema will screen masterpieces by the renowned director Satyajit Ray. Guest of honor will be Sharmila Tagore, a superstar of Indian cinema. On 4 November 4, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the ZEIT Foundation will be hosting an analysis of India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Modi. A music highlight will be offered on 6 November with the famous percussionist Trilok Gurtu performing with the and big band of the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre. India Week’s complete programme can be downladed as PDF at “www.indiaweek.hamburg.de”: http: //indiaweek.hamburg.de/contentblob/4604082/data/programm-2015.pdf.
548 Companies Involved in Foreign Trade with India
In economic terms, Hamburg has been maintaining close contacts with India more centuries. The country with the second largest population in the world is one of the strongest global growth markets. This is also reflected in Hamburg’s trade relations with the subcontinent. In 2013, the foreign trade volume between Hamburg and India stood at 1.456 billion euro, representing an increase of 73.5 million euro (5.3 per cent) over the previous year (Federal Statistical Office 2014). Above all, the Port of Hamburg plays an important role. According to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, 548 Hamburg companies are currently involved in foreign trade with India. The India Week Hamburg will be hosted by the Hamburg Senate Chancellery in co-operation with the Hamburg Ministry of Culture, the German-Indian Round Table, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation, the Hamburg Representative Office Mumbai and the Consulate General of the Republic of India.
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