A high-level delegation of German parliamentarians led by the vice-president of German parliament, Hermann Otto Solms, now on a visit to West Bengal, feels the State has “an impressive investment potential and there are considerable opportunities of German investment in the State” across several sectors.

Vocational training was one of the top issues discussed during the delegation’s talks with State Finance Minister Amit Mitra for one and a half hours here on Thursday.

A release issued by the German Consulate stated that West Bengal is one of the two model regions in India where a system of vocational training supported by Germany will be established. A German delegation will come here on April 17 to discuss further possibilities of cooperation in this field with the State Government.

Pointing out that the focus of the delegation was to find out about the economic situation and the recent developments of West Bengal, the release said the delegation also wanted to check out the State’s investment climate for German companies.

The areas where the delegation saw considerable opportunities were infrastructure development, metallurgy, coal and steel. The six-member team of parliamentarians will leave for Darjeeling on Friday to see organic farming and the application of modern methods of tea cultivation.

Mr. Mitra during his interaction informed the delegation of the “progress of tax revenue income and the possibility of e-payment of taxes which impressed the delegates”, according to the release.