Ambassador pays productive visit to Gothenburg

Ambassador pays productive visit to Gothenburg

Ambassador pays productive visit to Gothenburg

Ambassador was in Gothenburg on October 10 for a packed and productive day. She first called on the Lord Mayor Lena Malm. Alexandra Eriksson, Deputy Head of the International Relations Office was also present at the meeting. The Ambassador discussed with them how the exchanges between India and the Gothenburg city and region could be expanded. She briefed them about the Embassy's plans for organizing a major one-day event in Gothenburg in May 2015 and sought the support of the city authorities in making it a success. The Lord Mayor told her that Gothenburg was proud of its history as a trade centre and welcomes such initiatives.

Ambassador visited the headquarters of SKF next and was given a tour of the impressive facility which gave an overview of the company's exciting technologies. Over lunch, the CEO of SKF Mr Tom Johnstone told her about SKF's historical presence in India (since 1923) and the steady expansion of its manufacturing activities in the country. He spoke about SKF's evolution from just being a Ball bearings manufacturer into a knowledge engineering company which helped its customers across a wide range of sectors to find solutions. He also spoke about SKF's commitment to sustainability. Ambassador appreciated the contribution of SKF to India's industrial landscape and told him about the Make in India campaign that had been launched by Prime Minister Modi on 25th September. She said that SKF could make a huge contribution to the realization of the vision behind the campaign and to achieving the Prime Minister's goal of making products in India with 'Zero Defect & Zero (environmental) effect'.

The next engagement was at the University of Gothenburg which was celebrating an India day. Ambassador spoke to the invited audience about the potential for educational and research collaboration between India and Sweden.

The last port of call of the Ambassador was the Chalmers University of Technology where she met the Vice Rector Maria Knutson Wedel, the International Coordinator Alexandra Priatna and the International Communicator Abhilash Ram. The University officials briefed the Ambassador about the healthy and active connections with many Indian institutions including some Indian Institutes of Technology. Ambassador sought the Chalmers University's knowledge assistance for the conference that would be organized next year in Gothenburg and was told that the proposed collaboration sounded interesting and the Chalmers University would like to learn more and see in what manner it could be involved.

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