Germany as a development actor in a post-Merkel area


Synopsis: The new Chancellor must enable global cooperation policies for a sustainable future with India and the world.


The article highlights what role Germany should play as an important international agent in the fight against global challenges like climate change, fostering global sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations etc. It also talks about India and Germany should collaborate on various matters.

How India and German should collaborate?

Germany is going to preside G7 presidency in 2022. India is also presiding over G20 in 2023. These offer an opportunity to both countries to mutually strengthen governance and frame policies for a common future.

Sustainable Development: For achieving the SDG targets, there is a need for international and Trans-regional cooperation on an equal eye level. With the ongoing pandemic, it is important to frame policies for the global common good.

Germany, being the 3rd biggest economy in terms of global trade and India is one of the big transition economies, they both should collaborate on this. Both countries should together work on various fields like reducing social inequalities, overcoming poverty and ensuring social justice, promoting social peace, political participation, cultural diversity etc

Global Cooperation: For achieving economic development, there is a need for the cooperation of various stakeholders like politics, business, science etc. For global cooperation policy to be successful, strong governance is required. For this, Germany should take the initiative and develop a strategic vision. It should let the world recognizes the urgency of global cooperation policies for a sustainable future.

What are the benefits for India in collaborating with Germany?

Collaborating with Germany is beneficial for India, as India is fighting social inequalities and climate change. The upcoming COP26 in Glasgow thus serves as an important platform to negotiate investments into the greenhouse gas neutral transformations of India’s energy and transport sectors just as much as into the social security systems enabling societal capacities to live with the crises ahead.

Source: This post is based on the article “Germany as a development actor in a post-Merkel area” published in The Hindu on 29th September 2021.

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