New Delhi: India and Germany have discussed ways to increase cooperation in science and technology, education and vocational training to enhance trade and economic links between the countries, an official statement on Saturday said.

Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who was in Germany for a five-day visit, met the First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz and discussed bilateral issues including increasing trade and economic links, it said.

Sharma also participated in the inaugural event of 'Days of India in Germany', commemorating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries.

Meanwhile, industry body CII said in a statement that businessmen of both the countries also emphasised the increase cooperation in areas of infrastructure, ports, life sciences, IT and waste water management. CII took a large business delegation with Sharma.

Deep Kapuria, leader of the Indian delegation, said huge opportunities are available in manufacturing sector.

"...Indian financial market was witnessing healthy growth, following its liberalisation. There was growing interest in the investment sector, especially in the personal investment segment," CII said.

Currently, the bilateral trade between the countries stands at USD 24 billion.


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