German Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised India's innovation in digitalization, cloud computing and artificial intelligence during his visit to the SAP Labs India Bengaluru campus on Sunday. The visit marked the 25th anniversary of SAP Labs India, and Chancellor Scholz congratulated the company on its achievements.
“The work SAP is doing there and worldwide is crucial for Germany's and India's future in the field of digitalization, cloud computing and artificial intelligence,” said Chancellor Scholz. “India and especially Bengaluru set an example when it comes to the aforementioned fields. The fact that Germany's biggest digital company is succeeding in India with Indian expertise and ingenuity is a great example of the living bridge between our two countries.”
Christian Klein, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, welcomed the Chancellor and spoke about the company's growth journey in India. “SAP Labs India is among our top R&D hubs, fuelling SAP's transformation in the cloud in one of the world's fastest growing regions,” said Klein. “As a strategic location for nurturing the growth of skilled tech talent, SAP Labs India is helping drive the move towards a knowledge-based economy. SAP's strong growth journey here is a testament to the strong relationship between the technology ecosystems of India and Germany.”
Sindhu Gangadharan, MD and SVP, SAP Labs India, also highlighted the company's position in India and its contribution to addressing global challenges. “Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit to SAP Labs India is a historic moment for us as we mark our 25th Anniversary of building breakthrough innovations centered around people, purpose and power of the ecosystem,” said Gangadharan.
“SAP Labs India is in a unique position to address the challenges of supply chain resiliency and enable every organization and industry to become a network of intelligent, sustainable enterprises. We're excited to fuel India and Germany bilateral relations and partnership in the areas of new technologies, digitalization, sustainability, and climate change,” she said.
During his two-hour visit, Chancellor Scholz experienced demonstrations in the areas of digitalization, sustainability, digital supply chain, e-mobility and human capital engagement. He also learned about SAP Labs India's work in new technologies, upskilling, sustainability, climate change and networked enterprises.
Chancellor Scholz visit underscores the growing collaboration between India and Germany in the fields of technology and innovation, and the important role that companies like SAP are playing in driving progress in these areas, said a statement.