About AHK Indien / Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC)
Well Connected World-Wide
At 130 locations in 90 countries around the world, the members of German Chamber Network (AHKs) offer their experience, connections and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries which are of special interest for German companies.
Close Connection to Germany
AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German companies with building up and extending their business relations to foreign countries.
The umbrella organisation of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs.
Furthermore, the cooperation with various German trade associations strengthens the link from AHKs to business and markets.
The AHKs are supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.
AHKs fulfill three main tasks on their locations. That is:
1. Official Representation of German Companies
AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform about and promote Germany as business location.
2. Member Organisations
AHKs are member organisations for companies actively involved in the bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration in terms of promoting the bilateral business relations.
3. Service Providers to Companies
Under the brand “DEinternational” AHKs provide services to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.
60 years of AHK Indien
The AHK Indien or the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1956. Today, we are with over 6000 members the largest AHK and the largest Chamber of Commerce in India. We have built up a strong local presence with our head-office in Mumbai, branch offices in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune and a liaison office in Düsseldorf (Germany). As the primary contact for Indian and German companies who want to start doing business with the respective other country, we enhance the bilateral economic relations between India and Germany.
As a highly regarded and respected institution in India and Germany, with its qualified team and above all its innumerable contacts and connections, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce has played a major role in advancing corporate as well as cultural understanding between India and Germany for over 60 years.
Operating under the DEinternational brand, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is a professional service business with worldwide connections. With its team of bi-lingual advisers, most of whom have several years experience, the Chamber offers support in market entry matters, HR recruitment, legal advice, event management, trade fair management and translations. As a non-profit organisation, we do not serve our own interests, and our fees are calculated on a cost-recovery basis.
The Chamber is traditionally a members’ association. About 6000 Indian and German members come together on the basis of a voluntary membership to create a unique and exclusive network to promote the exchange of information and experience, and to make business contacts. Mostly working in close cooperation with other European chambers, we also pursue the interests of our members on matters of importance to the business community in India.
Committee and Councils
The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is governed by a Committee comprising 20 elected Indian and German members, who are leading industrialists and CEOs of German and Indo-German companies. The office bearers of the Chamber are the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Director General. In order to maintain strict neutrality, there is an equal representation of German and Indian nationals on the Committee. An Indian and a German member is elected President in rotation.
The northern, southern, western and eastern regions have their own Regional Councils consisting of regional council members and headed by a Chairman.
Global Presence with India-Desks
Bearing in mind the constant efforts of the members of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce to seek business contacts not only in Germany, but also in other countries, we have established a cooperation with other AHKS abroad as well as Chambers of Commerce and Industry within Germany to set up India Desk at the Chambers.
Augsburg, Berlin, Bremen, Duesseldorf, Dresden, Frankfurt, Halle/Saale, Hamburg, Hannover, Kassel, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Nuernberg, Osnabrueck, Saarbruecken, Stuttgart and Wuerzburg
Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Riyadh, Singapore, and Sydney
Apart from this we have a representative in Brussels (Belgium).
The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce has appointed 17 honorary representatives in order to facilitate better business contacts.
They are located in:
Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhubaneshwar, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jalandhar, Mysore, Nashik, Patna, Ranchi, Srinagar, Trivandrum and Vadodara.