Pune: Pitching for investments in the Frankfurt am Main or Rhein Metropolitan (FRM) region, its mayor and chairman of the Supervisory Board, Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the region, Peter Feldmann, on Monday said, “We don’t know the future developments in Europe post-Brexit.
Banks and industries want to expand their operations in the continent. They prefer to settle in the FRM. It is the gateway to Europe. Also, it has headquarters of several MNCs. The region is a hub for companies from the ICT, automotive, biotech and life sciences sectors.”
He said 10 per cent products made in Germany are from the FRM and it is among the world’s top five industrial clusters. Feldmann was speaking at a reception held in the city in his honour and to mark the completion of five years of the FRM Pune.
Feldmann said, “We believe in peaceful co-existence. We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural society. We have integrated many social and cultural groups. It is a secure and peaceful region. We welcome you to be part of it.”
Commenting on the immigrant issue, Feldmann said the right-wing party Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) had success in areas, where the immigrant population is less than two per cent. Areas where immigrants are in large numbers, are peaceful and local citizens appreciate immigrants’ helpful and friendly nature.
Feldmann has participated in student politics during his university days. When asked to comment on the student politics in Germany, he said students have been critical of the incumbent government. They take an anti-establishment stance; freely express their views and are very active on various issues.
Feldmann is on a three-day visit to Pune and Mumbai and is leading a delegation of experts from fields such as academics, industry, finance, media, politics and culture. Delegates including Ralph Klinkenborg, Stephan Siegler, Daniel Schleidt and Srita Heide interacted with the media.
FRM president and CEO Eric Menges introduced the delegates while FRM Pune Director Disha Shah made the introductory speech. German Consul General in Mumbai Juergen Mohrhard was present.
‘Interested in ties with PMC’
Feldmann said Pune is the symbol of the Indo-German understanding. “The city has a long tradition of academic, cultural and industrial exchange with Germany,” he said.
When asked whether Frankfurt would like to have tie-ups with the Pune Municipal Corporation in its Smart City projects, he said they would like to have such ties. He still has six years as mayor and would surely have a fruitful exchange with the PMC.