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GIZ India participates in the ‘Stuttgart meets Mumbai’ Wine Festival

22-23 January 2016, Mumbai

The 12th “Stuttgart meets Mumbai”, an intercultural meeting platform and wine festival sponsored by LAPP Group, took place on 22-23 January 2016 at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai. Delegates representing a diverse field of professions such as politics, culture, business, science and education came together to exchange ideas and to maintain and deepen the partnership between Stuttgart and Mumbai which began in 1968.

One topical focus this year was on sustainable urban development with the European Commission as partner for the World Cities conference. Agendas such as long-term use of green energy and development for smart cities were also discussed. A variety of information stalls representing institutions, businesses and projects from Baden-Württemberg were also set up, along with stage programmes and culinary highlights from Germany and India. Both days ended with presentation of artistic show programmes on stage, interaction and exchange on festival area and partner tents, Live Cooking performances, Karlsruhe Marketing video show, competition games by Stuttgart Marketing, etc.

A number of workshops related to sustainable urban development such as “Symposia: Needs of Sustainable Cities” organised by DWIH Delhi, and “World Cities: EU India Cooperation on Sustainable Urban and Regional Development” organised by World Cities and DG Regio were held to invite new and ground-breaking ideas on the topics.

Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme of GIZ India, was part of the expert panel discussing on the topic of Sustainable Cities which saw representation from institutes such as German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) and Indo-German Centre for Sustainability of IIT Chennai. She emphasised on the urgency of breaking away from conventional and conservative ways of thinking and stressed upon the idea of “Jugaad” way of planning, which relies on flexible, contextual and innovative ways of addressing urban issues and is not as rigid as comprehensive Master Planning.