A bilateral social security agreement signed on 8 October 2008 between India and Germany (implemented on 1 October 2009) is the first step in this direction. The agreement thus exempts workers working in other countries from the introduction of the host country`s pension scheme. The volume of bilateral trade between India and Germany has grown dynamically in recent years. This has led to an increase in trade between professionals from both countries, creating the need to simplify social security rules between the two countries. The agreement applies to workers temporarily posted to a branch of a company in the other state party to fulfill or enter into certain contracts. The agreement will protect the interests of all professionals who are sent to Indian offices by Indian companies to their German subsidiaries or by German companies on the basis of short-term contracts (up to 48 months with the possibility of renewal of 12 months) by benefiting from an exemption from social security contributions in their host country. While working abroad, these workers are only subject to the social security rules of their country of origin. The implementation agreement contains guidelines for technical details. These include reporting obligations between insurers in both countries, the issuance of certificates and the payment system in the other country. Given the intensification of economic relations between the two countries, it is important to take steps to reduce the extra costs associated with dual insurance liability. As a result, the new rules have been amended in the interests of investing companies and their employees.
. India Implementation Agency: Employees` Provident Fund Organisation.