Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a series of strategic visits during the year, including State Visits across Europe, the US and Israel. This snapshot of his official tours around the world captures the diplomatic strides made by India in 2017 and the regions of focus for 2018. His External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, was also part of this diplomatic agenda, as was Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth believes India has emerged as a natural champion to demonstrate innovation in action for the organisation. Nothing quite prepares you for the havoc caused when the power of nature strikes with destructive force. My recent visit to the Caribbean made me very aware of the ferocity of three hurricanes in as many weeks. I was shocked by what I saw from the air as my plane flew into Dominica, the country of my birth. Where [...]
An Indian banker set to expand his start-up base to the UAE elaborates on the reasons behind this move. Rubique is a FinTech company based in Mumbai. We offer a lending marketplace platform which provides individuals and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country with frictionless access to a wide range financial services products including loans, credit cards and insurance products. At Rubique, we aim to solve a number of problems in the marketplace for financial products in India, [...]
Vivek Gambhir is Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), and the key architect of the firm’s 3x3 strategy to drive international expansion. He talks ‘India Global Business’ through the strategy and the consumer giant’s over-arching goals with a specific eye on emerging markets like Africa. How would you describe GCPL's Africa strategy and how does it fit into the 3X3 plans? Over the past few years, we have been scaling up our international presence with acquisitions that fit well [...]
François-Philippe Champagne is Canada’s Minister for International Trade with over 20 years’ experience working for major companies worldwide. ‘India Global Business’ caught up with the minister soon after the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting in London recently to explore the potential of India-Canada ties within a broader multilateral context. What is the status of the Canada-India free trade agreement? The negotiation of the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) began in November 2010. Nine rounds of negotiations have been held [...]
Asian equations, specially between the two giant economies of China and India will be in focus with the installation of Donald Trump as the 45th US president. Trump’s belligerent ‘America First’ foreign and commercial policy stance, will in all likelihood, force China to curb its manufactured goods exports to the US, with whom it has a whopping and patently unsustainable trade surplus of nearly half a trillion dollars! It is unlikely that even US MNCs, which have huge export bases [...]