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    Foreign trade

    VDA Cluster International Association Partnerships Africa & India

    With financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the VDA maintains partnerships with associations in India and Africa. They offer member companies a wide range of opportunities for cooperation and contact mediation.

    With financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the VDA maintains partnerships with associations in India and Africa. They offer member companies a wide range of opportunities for cooperation and contact mediation.

    Association partnership with India

    Currently, only about 3% of the Indian population owns a car – compared to almost 70% in Germany. However, according to current estimates, the Asian country's share of the global automotive market will almost double by 2025. India, therefore, offers enormous potential to develop into an important growth market for the German automotive industry, offering a wide range of opportunities as an export market, manufacturing location, and supplier base. The VDA supports the sustainable development of the local automotive industry. The association partnership established in 2017 between the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), and the VDA aims to strengthen the exchange between the players in the automotive industry and to provide assistance to VDA member companies in accessing the market. The project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and sequa GmbH. With conferences, workshops, and joint studies, the association partnership involves member companies from both countries in an intensive dialog on future topics in the industry. The core topics include, in particular, electromobility, alternative fuels, and autonomous driving. However, free and fair trade between the two countries and the challenges involved in supply chains are equally topics for the partnership. Thus, with the support of both governments, this cooperation forges a close bond between the German and Indian automotive industries. Due to its success, the BMZ has extended the association partnership between the VDA, ACMA, and SIAM for a second phase through December 2022. As part of the project, the VDA has its own contacts in Berlin, as well as a contact person in the project office in New Delhi.

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    The PartnerAfrica project – German automotive industry strengthens ties to Africa

    The population in Africa continues to grow. More and more young people are joining the labor market, hoping to find employment that will secure their livelihood and offer prospects for the future. The demand for new jobs is around 20 million each year. Many of these could be created by emerging African companies or through foreign investment. However, barriers to investment and trade severely limit private sector activity in Africa. Poor infrastructure, a lack of skilled labor, and underdeveloped markets pose major challenges to the private sector. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports German, European, and African companies and investors in their commitment to Africa with the "Special Initiative on Training and Employment." The association partnership between the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) and the VDA aims to use this project to strengthen the association and, thus, ultimately contribute to the further industrialization of the African continent. 

    Areas such as the digital economy and sustainable mobility show a particularly high potential for development. The automotive and logistics sector occupies a key position thanks to its sustainable value creation in supplier networks, assembly plants, distribution structures, and pan-African trade relations – offering strong prospects for innovation, growth, and jobs for the continent.

    As part of the association partnership, the VDA has its own contacts in Berlin as well as local project offices in Johannesburg/South Africa and in Accra/Ghana. The project began on June 1, 2020, and is currently planned to run through December 2023.

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    Marius Ochel
    Contact person India

    Marius Ochel

    Head of Cluster International Association Partnerships Africa & India

    Contact person India

    Inesa Kachmarchyk

    Cluster International Association Partnerships Africa & India

    Victoria Backhaus-Jerling
    Contact person Africa

    Victoria Backhaus-Jerling

    Head of Project Office South Africa VDA-AAAM

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