The sixth annual meeting of the German-Indian Quality Infrastructure Work Group took place on 17th and 18th January 2019 in Berlin.
Germany and India founded the work group in 2013 to fortify their economic cooperation, break down technical trade barriers and increase product safety. To this end, the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) and other ministries are cooperating closely on topics such as standardisation, accreditation and conformity assessment, metrology, product safety and market monitoring.
State Secretary Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum: "We are experiencing rapid technological development that poses new challenges, in particular in the digital world. Quality infrastructure can turn these challenges into opportunities and India is a key partner for Germany in this respect. We are therefore very pleased that we are expanding the German-Indian cooperation on topics like IT security, data protection, electromobility and Industry 4.0. An ongoing technical exchange between the experts from the industrial sector and the government as practised in the framework of the German-Indian Quality Infrastructure Work Group, is crucial for our bilateral economic cooperation."
State Secretary Avinash K. Srivastava from the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs: "Germany is India’s most important trade partner in Europe. Our bilateral dialogue helps us exchange experiences and improve economic conditions on both sides. The work group allows for a continuous and results-oriented technical exchange that further strengthens our relationships. Germany’s expertise in technology and the manufacturing sector make Germany an ideal strategic partner for India."
An Indian delegation from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the Ministry of Heavy Industry, the Indian standardisation authority (BIS) and the Indian industrial association CII participated in this year’s annual meeting. In total, more than 60 German and Indian representatives from the private sector, the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN - German Institute for Standardisation), the Deutsche Kommission für Elektrotechnik, Elektronik & Informationstechnik (German Commission for Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Information Technology) in DIN and VDE (DKE), the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS - German Accreditation Authority) as well as subordinate authorities took part (PTB, BAM). The dialogue is conducted within the framework of the Global Project for Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) in which the BMWi cooperates with countries like Brazil, China, India and Mexico. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ - German Institute for International Cooperation) assists with the execution of the project on behalf of the BMWi.