January 24, 2017 at Hotel Westin, Pune : MCCIA welcomes and appreciates the gesture of The State of Baden Wurttenberg, to extend a cooperative hand for the Industrial and Infrastructural development, especially in the State of Maharashtra. MCCIA one of the prominent, progressive, proactive chamber of commerce in existence for last eight decade is keen to see the participation of the Companies from Germany in this major development in the area of Industry and Infrastructure.
MCCIA has prepared a list of potential sectors in our region that would be of interest to the Companies from Germany for business development. In order to crystallize the action plan, MCCIA has initiated a dialogue with institution and the officials from these institutions who could be nominated by the State of Baden Württemberg. After these discussions and dialogue, MCCIA would be setup a specific task force with the participation of interested Companies from our side to move this initiative further and establish the same on a firm platform.
Many of the Smart city projects, as well as other public infrastructure development programs, would fall in the domain of Public Private Partnership (PPP) models. The selection of the national or international partners for such projects would be on global bidding and competitive pricing basis. Some of the projects could be on BOT basis too; hence it may be a good idea sometimes to have a joint venture with a local party. In this respect the above referred dialogue and discussions would be quite useful. The Indian partner besides having familiarity with local conditions can offer many strategic inputs. This could also apply to institutional Research carried out in Research Institutions such as German universities, Fraunhofer etc. The Indian partners could help to a great extend in commercialization of the Research in the local setting. The part funding of some of the projects proposals can also be considered by the state of Baden.
The program on Smart Cities started with the welcome remarks by Dr. Kai Schmidt-Eisenlohr, CEO, Baden-Wurttemberg International, Dr. Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General, MCCIA and Dr. Jurgen Morhard, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr. Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg addressed the audience, followed by an interaction with Mr. Kunal Kumar, Municipal Commissioner of the City of Pune.
There was a signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the GathaGram Project by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lenz, Head of Department Energy Optimization and Building Science Group, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Mr. Sandeep Sonigra, CEO GathaGram Project and Harit Landmarks LLP.
Further keynote speech on “Smart Mobility” was delivered by Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg.
Also there were sessions on Best practices from Baden-Wurttemberg in different Smart Future City Fields by Susanne Schatzinger, Teamleader Smart Districts & Environments, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO.
There was a discussion on Water Solutions : Water Supply and Waste Water Treatment : New Technologies Adapted to Indian Conditions by Dr. Michael Kuhn, Managing Partner, KUHN GmbH.
In the Smart City workshop, there was a presentation on Energy Solutions: “Energiewende 2.0” made in Baden-Wurttemberg, a view on Modern Urban Infrastructure – using the example of the intelligent, Lamppost SM!GHT by Dr. Frank Mastiaux, CEO, EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG.
Mobility Solutions: The NAVIGAR Project – City traffic management by intelligent and connected navigation systems by Prof. Dr. Gunter Sabow, Head of mobility, bwcon GmbH, Baden-Wurttemberg: Connected GmbH was also presented.
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