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Prior to departure for India, Gerd Müller notes that in­ter­national climate targets cannot be reached without emerging economies

Meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Mr Manmohan Singh

04.02.2014 |

Today, German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller will be leaving for a visit to India. He has been invited by Federal President Joachim Gauck to join his delegation.

Prior to his departure, the Minister highlighted the importance of economic co­op­er­a­tion with emerging economies. He said, "Countries like India are our most im­por­tant partners when it comes to global climate change mitigation. That is why our programme of co­op­er­a­tion focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The in­ter­national climate targets cannot be reached without the emerging economies."

India has a popu­la­tion of 1.2 billion. After the U.S. and China, it is the world's third largest carbon emitter. In India, Germany supports the generation of wind power, solar power and hydropower. For instance, one of the world's largest solar power plants was opened in the State of Maharashtra in late 2013. Minister Müller will participate in the Federal President's official visit to India. In addition, he will have some political meetings of his own and visit a number of BMZ-sponsored projects, including an education project for street children. He will also meet with advocates for women's rights and have a discussion with young Indians about their prospects for the future.

Minister Müller said, "The example of India highlights why the BMZ needs to continue to be involved in co­op­er­a­tion with emerging economies. It cannot be taken for granted that India's positive de­vel­op­ment will always continue. The latest slump in growth shows that setbacks are possible in India. But above all, the country's growing prosperity has not yet reached the majority of the popu­la­tion. Even if India has booming cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, it still has about 450 million people in absolute pov­er­ty – just as many as in all of sub-Saharan Africa."

The German De­vel­op­ment Ministry supports initiatives for sus­tain­able growth in India. For instance, the BMZ has set up a programme in support of small and medium-sized enterprises; it supports the de­vel­op­ment of the financial sector (especially in rural areas); and it provides advice on the de­vel­op­ment of social protection systems.

On Friday, 7 February, Minister Müller will travel on to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, for his first visit to the African Union. There, he will have numerous political meetings and he will visit a project.

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