With a view to deepen relations between India and the city of Berlin. the Governing Mayor of Berlin Mr. Klaus Wowereit visited Delhi and Mumbai from March 24-28, 2012. In both cities, Mr. Wowereit opened conferences on Infrastructure, which hosted various panel discussions on subjects relating to infrastructure and urban spaces. Mr. Wowereit's visit has been a “historical” one as never before has there been a visit by a residing Mayor of Berlin to India.
During his visit in Delhi. Mr. Wowereit held talks with the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, Lt. Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Mr. Tejendra Khanna. and the Minister for Urban Development. Mr. Kamal Nath and also inaugurate the exhibition of the United Buddy Bears at the Central Park in Connaught Place on 27 March at 10 am.
The bear has been Berlin's emblem for centuries and the Buddy Bear was envisaged to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests in various different designs. Following the motto "We have to get to know each other better…it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more, and live together more peacefully". the 2m tall Buddy Bears promote tolerance and mutual understanding among different nations, cultures and religions. The United Buddy Beam exhibition is on display from 27 March to 11 May 2012. Since 2012, the "United Buddy Bears" have visited 23 metropolises including Hong Kong. Tokyo, Istanbul, Sydney, Cairo, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur. For more info on this exhibition please visit: www.india.diplo.de and www.facebook.com/germaninfo
In Murnhai, Mr. Wowereit' s political appointments included meetings with the newly elected Mayor of Mumbai, Mr. Sunil Prabhu and the Municipal commissioner of Mumbai, Mr. Subodh Kumar. He also addressed a joint Press Conference with Mr. Subdoslh Komar and the President of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Berlin, Eric Sehweiteer.
With this visit, Mr. Wowereit aims to explore new avenues or cooperation in the fields of economy, culture and tourism. Mr. Wowereit is also accompanied by a high-profile business delegation from different infrastructure-related industries. The business delegation, led by the President of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Belin Erie Schweitzer, aims la make new contacts in India. thus initiating a constructive dialogue on infrastructure issues.