Indian Business Forum

The Consulate General of India in Frankfurt set up the “India Business Forum (IBF), Frankfurt” in November 2013 with the broad aim of bringing together professionals, entrepreneurs and businessmen from India or persons of Indian origin in the German States of Hesse, North Rhine West phalia, Rhineland Palatinate and Saarland. The objectives of the IBF are as follows:

» Provide a platform for networking to Indian professionals, entrepreneurs and businessmen

» Enhance our understanding and economic engagement with Germany

» Offer business opportunities by circulating business enquiries which the Consulate receives from India and Germany

» Enlarge the outreach programme to connect with Indians and People of Indian origin in Germany

» Facilitate interaction with Chambers of Commerce in Germany and also provide a forum for interaction with business and political figures in Germany

» Take up issues affecting Indian professionals/companies in Germany

» Facilitate trade and investment between India and Germany

India and Germany have a strategic partnership since 2001, which sets out potential areas for intensifying bilateral cooperation, among others, in the business and energy sectors as well as in science, technology, agriculture and defense. Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the European Union and one of the leading sources of FDI. At present, there are over 1,700 German companies and 600 JVs in India. Germany has consistently been among India’s top ten global trade partners and was the largest trading partner for Europe with an investment of around €17 bn in 2016. It is against this background that a need was felt to create a platform to maximize the economic potential between the two countries.

India Business Forum activities:

» IBF Launch:  The IBF was formally launched on 27th January, 2014 during the Republic Day Reception held at the Hotel Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. The inaugural ceremony was held in the presence of the Chief Guest Dr. Michael Borchmann, Head of the European and International Affairs Department of the Hessen State Chancellery; Mr. Dieter Beine, Chief of Protocol, Hessen State Chancellery; Mr. Christian Seitz, Mayor of Kriftel; Ms Anja Obermann, Managing Director, Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH; and Mr Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG.

» As part of the India Business Forum outreach, delegations to the cities of Saarbruecken, Duessldorf and Cologne were led by the Consul. During these visits, the IBF members had the opportunity to have fruitful discussions with Government officials and the German business community.

» Several business networking events have been held to bring the German and Indian business community together over the last three years. Notable events were receptions held by Economic Ministers for the State of Hessen and Rhineland Palatinate, Mr. Tarek Al-Wazir and Dr. Volker Wissing respectively to strengthen their engagement with the IBF business community further.

With over 300 members, the IBF continues to provide a platform and support to the Indian business community and looks forward to your participation. All professionals and businessmen from India or who are of Indian origin in the German States of Hessen, NRW, Rheinland Pfalz and Saarland are welcome to do so by filling up the form at the link given below:


You are welcome to pass on this information to your acquaintances who qualify for joining this Forum and who may be interested in doing the same.