Event: Water sector in India

– an attractive future market Visit of a high-ranking Indian Delegation on 8th September 2010 in Hof

On 8th September 2010, the Bavarian-Indian Centre welcomed a high ranking Indian delegation to Hof. This delegation visited various locations in Bavaria and Europe from 6th to 19th September. The main purpose of this delegation visit was to attend the internationally known trade fair IFAT-ENTSORGA 2010 in Munich. Mrs. Meera Saksena, Additional Chief Secretary DFEE (Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment) under Government of Karnataka, headed the delegation. She was accompanied by other members of Karnataka State Government as well as by engineers from the same area. Other members of the group were from the HAWA (Hazardous Waste & Water Management)-project of the GTZ (the German Technical Cooperation), which is attached to the Government of Karnataka. This delegation visit was based upon an invitation of the Bavarian State Ministry of Environment and took place in the context of the since several years successfully functioning cooperation between the two states.


Through its extensive network, the Bavarian-Indian Centre was able to invite the Indian guests to Hof and thus to bring them together with local domiciled experts in the water sector. The Bavarian-Indian Centre, in cooperation with the Network Water Competence Hof, the city of Hof and the Hof University of Applied Sciences (UAS) organized a day program for the Indian Delegation. During a common lunch the Indian guests were welcomed by Prof. Jürgen Lehmann (President of the Hof UAS), Dr. Harald Fichtner (Mayor of city Hof), Mr. Günter Eckart (Project Manager of the Network Water Competence Hof) and Dr. Daniel Werner (Managing Director of the Bavarian-Indian Centre). Mrs. Meera Saksena, Prof. Lehmann and Dr. Fichtner declared that the cities Hof and Bangalore as well as their universities want to intensify their cooperation in the future. As a consequence, the already ongoing exchanges not only in the field of academics but also in the economy can continue.


Later in the afternoon the Indian delegation visited the companies WILO Emu GmbH and E+M Brunnenbau GmbH in Hof – both companies are member of the Network Water Competence Hof. After this, the delegation arrived at the Hof UAS and took a tour of the campus. This was followed by a few presentations about the activities of the Bavarian-Indian Centre, the Network Water Competence Hof and Hof as a Business Location. The guests also heard Prof. Rauch’s (lecturer at Hof UAS) presentation about environmental friendly textile finishing. Running parallel to this was an event with a series of presentations for the members and guests of the Network Water Competence Hof. The first speaker, Ms. Ulrike Glatz initially gave the participants a short overview of the Indian economy before informing them about the water market in India. She went on to tell the guests about important intercultural differences between Germany and India and their practical impacts on everyday (business) interactions. The second speaker, Dr. Jürgen Porst, who has been working for over 10 years in India for the GTZ-HAWA project, highlighted the chances for German companies in the Indian water and environment technology market.



Following the different presentations, the guests from India as well as the members and guests of the Network Water Competence Hof had time for networking and exchange, while enjoying a Bavarian-Indian snack. Altogether the Bavarian-Indian Centre and the Network Water Competence Hof can look back on a successful event, which should pave the way for further and more intensive cooperation between Bavaria and Karnataka in the environment and water sector.

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