Germany has conferred the ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’, the highest civilian honour awarded to individuals, to Mr Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India for his services to the country.
The award, also known as Bundesverdienstkreuz or Federal Cross of Merit was instituted in 1951. It is Germany’s only honour that is awarded to both Germans and foreigners in all fields of endeavor. It is the highest tribute paid to individuals for achievements in economic, social, political or intellectual realm.
The Cross of Merit along with the certificate signed by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany - Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, was handed over to Mr. Nath by the Hon'ble Consul General of Germany - Dr. Michael Feiner at the German Consulate, in Kolkata.
Mr. Nath is a Mechanical Engineer followed by International Business Program from IIM Kolkata. He has 27 years of experience in Indo – German trade working with several reputed German and Indian companies in various sectors. During this period the export of German machinery to India has increased almost 6 folds and the number of VDMA members in India now stands at around 550. Since 1999 he has been working with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) which he is heading as Managing Director. He has played a pivotal role in promoting and strengthening the business and economic ties between India and Germany.