The Embassy of India in Berlin
Address: Tiergartenstrasse 17, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Amb. Gurjit Singh
Amb. Gurjit Singh has been the Indian Ambassador to Germany since January 2016. Amb. Gurjit Singh has a Bachelor Degree in Politics, from the St. Xaviers College, Kolkata; and a Post Graduate Degree in International Studies, from the School of International Studies, in New Delhi.
Working in the Indian Foreign Service since 1980, Amb. Gurjit Singh already served in two Indian Missions in Tokyo; but also Colombo, Nairobi, and Rome. Amb. Gurjit Singh was also the Ambassador of India in Ethiopia, Djibouti, the Representative of India to the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, and IGAD. Amb. Gurjit Singh’s last assignment was as Ambassador of India to Indonesia and Timor-Leste and to ASEAN.
Bilateral relations between India and Germany are characterized as being very close, based on trust, mutual respect, and democratic principles. India was amongst the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany, after the Second World War, and this relation grew significantly after the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. In the last decade, the economic and political bonds between these countries enhanced, and today, Germany is amongst India's most important partners, both on an EU and global level.
There have been regular high-level visits from both sides. One very important meeting was the third bilateral intergovernmental consultations in New Delhi, where 18 bilateral agreements were agreed upon in sectors such as energy, business, vocational training, culture and research, security and agriculture. Germany holds ambitious plans for economic reform programmes (like developing India’s industrial sector), which mostly were decided in the Agenda for the Indo-German Partnership, on May 2000.
Germany is India’s principal trading partner in the EU; and their development cooperation is one of the biggest components of their bilateral relations. India is a Global Development Partner, which means it plays an important role in global development issues, the protection of global public goods, the attainment of sustainable development goals (SDG) as well as in international processes (WTO Doha Round, climate negotiations).
In the area of Education, there are six Goethe Institutes in India.