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FOR PARTNERSHIP: Ferdinand Fuchs, Head of Department, International Affairs and Master Crafts Fairs, Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany, left, speaking at a meeting in Madurai. Photo:G.Moorthy
FOR PARTNERSHIP: Ferdinand Fuchs, Head of Department, International Affairs and Master Crafts Fairs, Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany, left, speaking at a meeting in Madurai. Photo:G.Moorthy

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MADURAI: German small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are very keen to forge partnerships with Indian industries, according to Ferdinand Fuchs, Head of Department, International Affairs, Master Crafts Fairs, Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany.

He said here on Monday that the German Government had been stressing the need for better cooperation among different business associations to face global competition. The growing demand for well-qualified workforce had propelled the Association of German Industries to start its own technical institute to train people catering to the needs of business houses.

Permission would be granted to start a particular industry only if the person had sufficient knowledge and qualification in the specified field, Mr. Ferdinand said.

Overwhelming participation of Indian companies at trade fairs organised in Germany had caught the attention of industries, he said and added that they were keen for a knowledge sharing exercise, facilitated by the ZDH (German Skilled Crafts Organisation)/SEQUA (Foundation for Business and Economic Cooperation).

The ZDH/SEQUA was trying to support networking between the south Indian partners and help them to better their internal administration, said Albert Over, Project Coordinator, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.

Besides, it would offer its consultancy service assessing the requirements of its business partners in South India. It would support cluster development.

The organisation had been conducting periodical workshops to understand the needs of its partners and devise programmes. "We are trying to establish a partnership project to help SMEs integrate modern technology. In Germany, the chamber helps them even get patents for their products," said Mr. Albert Over.

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce was for developing a consortium of Indian industries interested to set up their business ventures in Germany, he said.

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