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Indian Diaspora launches Indian Professional Forum (IPF) in Germany

Ambassador Gurjit Singh addressing the gathering

Berlin, March 21 (UITV)- The first conference of Indian diaspora association in Germany was held at the Embassy of India, Berlin. About 200 representatives from all over Germany participated in the conference and the highlight of the conference was the launch of the Indian Professional Forum (IPF).

The objective of the IPF is to create a network of Indian professionals to mobilize German companies to Invest in India and to further improve the image of India in Germany. In addition, the IPF aims to leverage the presence of highly talented Indian professionals in promotion of programs such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, Smart City Mission’, ‘Start-Up India’ etc. in Germany.

The diaspora was praised by Gurjit Singh, who recently took over as ambassador, for the roles that they have played in becoming important part of German society and economy and for playing the role of a bridge between India and Germany. He asked the diaspora, mainly students, to educate their German friends about India and make them aware of the changes happening in India.

The ambassador said that the embassy officials are available at anytime to Indian diaspora for interaction on consular and other matters and elaborated on the efforts made to provide better services in visa, passports and the conversion of OCI cards. The activities being planned for International Day of Yoga June 21 were also discussed during the interaction.

The Indian community in Germany comprises about 50,000 Non-Resident Indians (NRI) living in Germany together with approximately 10,000 to 20,000 People of Indian Origin (PIO), and despite of its small size it s highly influential ethnic group.