Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday invited Germany to participate in India’s rapid economic growth and the government’s plans to modernise and upgrade the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

“Our infrastructure plans entail investment of a $ 1 trillion in the next five years. I also sought continuing openness and support to growing Indian presence in Germany, including in the services sector,” Dr. Singh said in a statement after the conclusion of the second India-German Governmental Consultation here .

He also felt that the agreement signed on Thursday on scientific collaboration on technologies for civilian security added a new dimension to the growing security cooperation. The Prime Minister was of the view that the Joint Declaration of Intent for Development of Green Energy Corridors in India could be a milestone in the shared commitment to address challenges.

“Our relationship draws strategic strength from our shared values, sensitivity to each other’s aspirations and interests, a comprehensive bilateral relationship and growing international engagement. The high level of bilateral engagement in recent years has substantially and tangibly raised the quality of our cooperation across a broad range of areas,” Dr. Singh said.

Pointing out that the scale of deep and closer cooperation between India and Germany increased steadily in the last few years, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany was keen to intensify cooperation in the agriculture and health sectors and added that Indian students were welcome to come and study in Germany.