The sixth annual meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure took place on 17 and 18 January 2019 in Berlin. Germany and India founded the working group in 2013 to strengthen their economic and technical cooperation, reduce technical barriers to trade and increase product safety. To this end, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) in collaboration with other ministries are working closely together on topics such as standardisation, accreditation and conformity assessment, metrology, product safety and market surveillance.
Mr Stefan Schnorr (Director General, BMWi) and Secretary Mr Avinash K. Srivastava (MoCAF&PD) with Ms Sukriti Likhi (MoHI&PE) and Mr Boris Böhme (BMWi). Picture: @BMWi, Anja Blumentritt
State Secretary Dr Ulrich Nussbaum pointed to the rapid technological developments which posed new challenges - especially in the digital world. Quality infrastructure could turn these challenges into opportunities, and India was a key partner for Germany in this respect. The decision to expand the Indo-German cooperation on topics such as IT security, data protection, electromobility, and Industrie 4.0 was therefore much welcomed. Read more.
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