Modi and Merkel also interacted with top executives of German firms operating in India, including Bengaluru, and exchanged views on how to help the government boost its ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digitise India’ initiatives for creating jobs and promote exports.
“Modi and Merkel viewed a powerpoint presentation on Bosch operations in India and walked through our innovation and vocational centres. This is the place where the research is done on innovative projects and skill development is imparted to our employees,” a Bosch India official said.
Earlier, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah received Modi who arrived by an Indian Air Force (IAF) at the HAL airport amid tight security.
Merkel, 61, who is on a three-day official visit to India since Sunday, flew into Bengaluru on Monday night with a large official-cum-business delegation to participate in the twin events with Modi.
After Bosch visit, Modi and Merkel will jointly participate in a tech event hosted by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and the German Fraunhofer Institute on “Digitising Tomorrow”.