Incorporated in 1956, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce or AHK Indien is the primary contact for Indian and German companies who want to start doing business with the other country. We are a membership-based organization that offers advice and services to members, collaborates on Indo-German cooperation initiatives and functions as the voice of the Indo-German business community at a political and institutional level, internationally and within both countries.
We are part of the worldwide network of 140 German Chambers of Commerce abroad, located in 92 countries. With over 5,500 members, we are the largest AHK and bilateral Chamber of Commerce in India. Headquartered in Mumbai, with six branch offices (Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, and Düsseldorf), we are the greatest catalyst for the promotion of trade and industrial relations between India and Germany. We provide networking platforms, reliable contacts as well as valuable services for German and Indian companies.
Overview of IGCC and its Partners
Background of AHKs and IHKs
At 140 locations in 92 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 that are of special interest to German companies. 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 organization 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.
Responsibilities and Tasks of the AHKs
AHKs fulfill three main tasks in their respective countries.
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 share information to promote Germany as a business location.
2. Member Organizations
AHKs are member organizations for companies actively involved in the bilateral business relations. These members give AHKS the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and administration, in terms of promoting bilateral business relations.
3. Service Providers to Companies
Under the brand ‘DEinternational’, AHKs provide services to companies from Germany and their host countries, in order to support their foreign business activities.
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK Indien)
AHK Indien or the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) was incorporated in 1956. With over 6000 members, today we are 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). Through our activities and services, we enhance the bilateral economic relations between India and Germany.
As a highly regarded and respected institution in India and Germany, with a qualified team and a number of key 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.
Key Highlights of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC)
- Over 6000 Indian and German members
- 100 professionals in India and Germany facilitating Indo-German business
- Over 60 years of experience in promoting Indo-German economic cooperation
- Largest AHK among 140 German Chamber offices in 92 countries
- 7 offices: Mumbai (Head Office), New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune and Düsseldorf (liaison office in Germany)
- 17 honorary representatives in smaller towns and cities in order to facilitate better business contact
- 18 India Desks in Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Germany
- 8 India Desks in bilateral Chambers of Commerce abroad
- 1 representative in Brussels
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.
IGCC Region Councils
The Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern regions of India have their own Regional Councils, consisting of regional council members and headed by a Chairman.
To be able to support and strengthen the constant efforts of our members, to seek business contacts not only in Germany but also in other countries, we have established a cooperation with other AHKs abroad by the setting up of India Desks there. In addition, we have also set up India Desks at various Chambers of Commerce and Industry within Germany (IHKs).
- India Desks in Germany: Berlin, Bremen, Duesseldorf, Dresden, Frankfurt, Freiberg, Halle/Saale, Hamburg, Hannover, Kassel, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Nuernberg, Osnabrueck, Saarbruecken, Stuttgart and Wuerzburg
- India-Desks abroad: Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Riyadh, Singapore, and Sydney
The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce has appointed 17 Honorary Representatives in order to facilitate better business contacts in smaller towns and cities.
- Honorary Representatives in India:
Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhubaneswar, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore,
Jalandhar, Mysore, Nashik, Patna, Ranchi, Srinagar, Trivandrum and Vadodara
- Apart from Honorary Representatives in India, we also have a Representative in Brussels (Belgium).
IGCC's Cooperation Partners
The Alliance for Integrity (AfIn)
The Alliance for Integrity (AfIn) is a business-driven multi-stakeholder initiative including companies, civil society, political organisations and international institutions. The aim of AfIn is to promote responsible and responsive business conduct by fostering cohesion and co-operation among all relevant actors in the business eco-system. Thereby contributing to better framework conditions for business to operate in. IGCC is a founder-member of AfIn India.
More information about Alliance for Integrity (AfIn) is available on www.allianceforintegrity.org.
At amfori we believe in a world where all trade delivers social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. As the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade, we bring together over 2,000 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries. Our membership contains organisations of all sizes and all sectors with a combined turnover of more than one trillion euros. Given the importance as a key sourcing country for amfori members, India has remained a key priority for the association. amfori has had a long-standing presence in the country, where it has built strong ties over the years. The partnership established in 2016 between amfori and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) supports amfori’s goals of promoting trade with purpose.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe. For over 60 years, GIZ has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 330 employees in India, of whom 85 percent are national personnel.
For further information and details, please write to giz-indien(at)giz.de.
ExperTS promotes sustainable business practices around the world: In around 30 countries, experts are advising local, German and European companies on development policy issues. The programme, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), aims to forge closer links between foreign trade promotion and development policy. It is being implemented jointly by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and Delegations of German Industry and Commerce. The experts are placed as Integrated Experts by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). They are employed locally and receive a supplementary pay by the ExperTS-Programme.
For further information and details, please write to email@example.com.
Hamburg Representation Mumbai
Established on 1st of January 2011 and supported by the Senate Chancellery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Hamburg Marketing e.V., Hamburg Business Development Corporation, and Hamburg Messe and Congress the overall aim of the representative office is to foster business, cultural exchange and relations between India and the City of Hamburg. Located at the Head Office of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai, the Hamburg Representation office represents the interests of the city and serves as a first point of contact for business relations between India and the region of Hamburg.
Germany Trade & Invest
Germany Trade & Invest has offices in more than 60 countries and has over 300 employees worldwide, with its home base in Berlin and Bonn. Germany Trade & Invest works closely with the Worldwide Network of German Chambers of Commerce (AHKs). This cooperation is being continuously expanded to offer German exporters and potential foreign investors a central contact point for both information and targeted consultancy services. Germany Trade & Invest has been present in India for many years and works closely with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC). Germany Trade & Invest has representatives at the Head Office of IGCC in Mumbai and at the IGCC office in New Delhi.
FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region was founded in 2005 and is the investment promotion and marketing organization of the FrankfurtRheinMain region. The objective of the organization is to promote the international competitiveness of the region, to inform foreign companies about the business environment in the region and to attract inbound investment. 25 entities – amongst them towns and districts located in the FrankfurtRheinMain region, the state of Hessen, the local chambers of industry and commerce and various other affiliated organizations have joined forces to create this single entity that is responsible for promoting the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region and for helping investors to establish their base here.
Senior Experten Service (SES) Senior Experten Service
(SES) Senior Experten Service (SES) is the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation. It is a non-profit organisation. SES is Germany’s leading volunteering organisation for experts and executives who are either retired or taking some time off work (Weltdienst 30+). SES Experts are volunteers, their activities are oriented towards quick and pragmatic assistance, predominantly in technical and economic sectors, as well as for providers of vocational training and health care services. The expert knowledge helps to boost sustainable economic and social development.
For more information, contact Sharon Mogose, SES Representative, IGCC, Kolkata, +91-33-22802 236 (D)/ 22837 970/ 22837 962/ +91-9007574312, sharon.mogose(at)indo-german.com.
Technische Universität München (TUM)
In November 2014, the Technische Universität München (TUM) established a new liaison office in India in the premises of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai. The main goal of TUM.Mumbai is consulting and recruiting outstanding scientists and students for TUM and expanding research collaborations with Indian universities and the industry. To further raise the visibility of TUM and to intensify the collaboration with Indian partners, a new office was established in India: TUM.Mumbai is run by Liaison Officer Hanna Kriebel. To actively promote TUM in India and attract Indian scientists to Munich, Ms. Kriebel participates in major higher education fairs and research conferences and organizes TUM events. She assists TUM professors and researchers in establishing and intensifying cooperation with the Indian partner universities and prestigious Indian research institutes. Furthermore, she develops ties with companies to facilitate research agreements with industry that feed research results into market-oriented innovation processes.
For further information and details, please write to mumbai(at)tum.de.