India in Hamburg Politics and Society

Antrittsbesuch des Generalkonsuls Indien 19. August 2014: Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz (links) empfängt den Generalkonsul der Republik Indien, Vidhu Peethambaran Nair. Der Generalkonsul ist seit 30. Juli im Amt. / 19 August 2014: First Mayor Olaf Scholz (left) welcomes the Consul General of the Republic of India, Vidhu Peethambaran Nair, who is in Office since 30 July 2014.

Politics and Society

Ongoing Dialogue

Hamburg regularly sends delegations to India in order to foster mutual business as well as the bilateral exchange in the areas of culture, science and research. The Hamburg ministries cooperate closely with other intuitions to further strengthen the relations between India and Hamburg.

Hamburg Representation in Mumbai

In order to intensify the ties between Hamburg and India, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), have set up an official representation at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) in January 2011: the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. Hamburg Invest and Hamburg Messe und Congress have joined as partners since then.

Indian Citizens and guests in Hamburg

In June 1962, a Consulate General has been opened by the Republic of India in Hamburg. It is ever since closely engaged with Hamburg’s political and economic actors. Around 3300 Indian citizens currently live in Hamburg of which many enrich the social and cultural life in the city with their NGOs and organisations. Besides, in 2014, more than 19.000 Indian tourists visited Hamburg.

Visits and Delegations

In 2012, the Indian Minister for Trade, Industry and Textiles visited Hamburg on occasion of the Year of India in Germany. He inaugurated the Hamburg Port Festival together with Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz. In the same year, for the first time in the History of Hamburg, a First Mayor visited India. The First Mayor, Olaf Scholz, visited Delhi and Mumbai and was accompanied by a large delegation constituted of political and business representatives. The Advancement of business relations with regard to maritime industries, renewables and health as well as the intensification of cultural relations were the central topics of the delegation. This was the second high level delegation to India after the visit of former State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture in 2009.


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