A Signal Effect for Hessen – An Indian Industrial Association is Coming to Frankfurt

India's largest industrial association, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is opening its German office in Frankfurt. This decision was announced by India's Ambassador Gurjit Singh. Establishing the office in Frankfurt was the focal point of discussions led by Hessen’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Tarek Al-Wazir, in New Delhi early November last year. According to CII this was a decisive factor in choosing Frankfurt as their favored location.

The relationship between Hessen and India is a success story. Hessen is home to the largest Indian community in Germany. More than 250 companies, including the top 3 in the Indian IT industry – Infosys, Wipro Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services – have established themselves in the Frankfurt area. And every year their number increases. In just the past five years, more than 30 companies have been added. From an entrepreneur’s perspective, Hessen’s central location in Germany and Europe, as well as around 40 direct flights a week from Frankfurt to five cities in India, are highly valuable factors. 

It is no wonder then that The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's leading business association comprised of around 8,000 direct member companies and more than 200,000 companies from around 240 national and regional sectoral industrial associations, has chosen the financial hub of Frankfurt for its German offices. 

“The decision CII made in favor of Frankfurt will have a magnetic effect and attract other Indian companies. We are currently engaged in detailed discussions with several Indian investors,” explained Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, Managing Director of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH and HA Hessen Agentur GmbH. “In 2015, we focused our attention on India with numerous projects involving location-based marketing and sent a delegation to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore – these actions have definitively paid off,” Dr. Waldschmidt continued. 

During the decision making process, The FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region, actively provided support via the foreign office in Pune, India. “The joint effort of the State of Hessen and FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH to fulfill the clear objective of bringing CII to Frankfurt led ultimately to success,” added Eric Menges, Managing Director of FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region, who also participated in the talks in Delhi.


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