Germany looks at business cooperation with Kerala


Thiruvnanthapuram : Germany wants to work in sectors such as roads and infrastructure development in Kerala, German Ambassador in India Thomas Matussek said Tuesday.

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“Germany is keen to cooperate with Kerala in the areas of roads, infrastructure development, ports, urban planning and alternate energy besides education and we are really keen to make this happen,” said Matussek.

The ambassador, who invited Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to visit Germany and also met Transport Minister Jose Thettayil, said he was not looking at German behemoths such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Siemens setting up shop in the state.

“Those big guys know how to handle their affairs. Instead, I want the small and medium enterprises to come over to Kerala for business and there are many areas this can be done. The best way forward is through the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce,” he said.

Another area of interest, he said, was the education sector, and added that the German state of Bavaria was keen to cooperate with stakeholders in Kerala.

Matussek was accompanied by the Consular General Rolf Saligman, who oversees issues related to Karnataka and Kerala.

The German team also visited the Technopark IT campus here.

“There are a good number of doctors and nurses from here in Germany and ours is an ageing society. There are immense job opportunities in the medical field there,” said Matussek, who added that his son was baptised by a priest from Kerala.