Fischer tries to woo Indian IT experts

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21 July 2004, BOMBAY - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Wednesday urged Indian companies to invest in Germany and said there were jobs for Indian computer specialists in his country.

21 July 2004

BOMBAY - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on Wednesday urged Indian companies to invest in Germany and said there were jobs for Indian computer specialists in his country.

Fischer said a change in the immigration laws in Germany made it less of a problem for information technology experts to obtain visas needed to take up employment.

Germany's infrastructure and location in the heart of Europe presented "excellent conditions" for foreign companies, Fischer told a meeting of the German-Indian Chamber of Commerce in Bombay.

Indian companies have complained that Germany's restrictive immigration policy made it difficult for computer experts looking to work in Germany.

Fischer said this would change next January when new immigration laws come into effect.

The foreign minister also appealed to German companies to take advantage of "the enormous possibilities" offered by the Indian market.

He said German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder planned to visit India in the autumn with a large business delegation.

India was a the fourth leg of an Asian tour which ends with a two- day visit to Pakistan from Thursday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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