UK Edition – March 2018

///UK Edition - March 2018

India’s youth will be biggest factor in UK-India relations

2018-05-23T13:31:31+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, India-Uk, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

Discounting foreign students from migrant calculations will greatly benefit the British economy. India is a country of over 1.3 billion people, over half of whom are aged 25 and under. The UK-India partnership must benefit the youth of India if it is going to reach its full potential. To achieve this, the UK’s higher education sector must play a leading role in building that bond between the UK and India and any prospective trade deal must include concessions on the [...]

Working together to ensure Manchester-India relations really take off

2020-03-16T11:16:53+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, Analysis, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

The Chair of the Manchester India Partnership explains the benefits of connectivity this new tie-up would bring India and the UK. It is a great honour to have been named chairman of the Manchester India Partnership and to have launched the organisation, both in the UK and during a visit to Delhi and Mumbai this month. One of my primary objectives for the months ahead as CEO of Manchester Airport is to secure direct flight services to India and, as [...]

Greater India-ASEAN engagement is imperative for India

2020-03-24T06:38:55+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

There appears to be awareness that India’s relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) must move beyond symbolism. One of Narendra Modi’s first foreign policy initiatives called on the country to reinvigorate its “Look East” policy, making it an “Act East” policy. The Look East policy, launched in 1991, is not without achievements – bilateral trade between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) increased from just $2.3 billion in 1991/92 to around $70 [...]

Cementing UK-India ties within the legal sector

2018-05-23T13:38:51+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, SPOTLIGHT, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

The co-chair of the India-UK Legal Exchange Programme lays out the benefits of closer ties in the sector. “Lawyers are the cement of society” are the famous words attributed to the world-renowned Cambridge scholar Glanville Williams QC. Following the referendum in favour of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), it is safe to say divisions and cracks have formed within British society which could do with being cemented. Whilst the battle of Brexit between “camp leave” and “camp [...]

Will Trump’s tariff tantrums spark off a global trade war?

2019-07-31T13:03:12+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, Country Focus, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

The signs are ominous. Recent utterances by the US President and top administration officials point towards more punitive import tariffs and entry restrictions to protect American industry. This could beget retaliation from China and others and seriously undermine the incipient global economic recovery. The bull has entered the China shop and though it hasn’t started rampaging yet, its first moves suggest that it could just be warming up. US President Donald Trump has imposed high import duties on washing machines [...]

Social financing will revolutionise philanthropy in South Asia

2020-03-16T09:47:08+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, SPOTLIGHT, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

New approaches to charitable giving, such as innovative finance and impact bonds, are crucial to achieve impact at scale in countries like India. South Asia is home to 20 per cent of the world’s population. It is also home to 33 per cent of the world’s poor who live on less than $2 a day (World Bank 2016).  Some of the major challenges facing South Asia remain persistent: poverty, illiteracy, youth unemployment, gender inequality, trafficking, child labour and mental illness. To tackle this widespread poverty [...]

Fortune Seekers: Does India have some answers for Brexit Britain?

2018-09-04T12:45:37+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, Putting it in context, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

Businesses, the diaspora and policy powerhouses will all need to work in tandem to build lasting UK-India ties, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. This year, there is an important chance to reassess the strength of India’s bond with the UK and show the world that India is a bridge-building nation. It is just over a year until the UK reaches its Article 50 deadline and leaves the European Union (EU). UK economic growth is beating all forecasts [...]

UK invests big in the Indian market

2018-07-31T14:05:51+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, India-Uk, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

Tech major Dyson leads the charge of investments in the Indian market as Make in India makes its automotive mark. Tyremarket.com raises UK funds Bengaluru-based online tyre retailer Tyremarket.com has raised around $500,000 from UK-based online tyre retailer Blackcircles.com’s founder Michael Welch. Tyremarket is headed by former Siemens Healthcare executive Sanjeev Agrawal, who is co-founder and CEO. Tyremarket, which was started in 2015, operates a lean business model similar to Blackcircles. It is an online marketplace for supplying tyres to [...]

Weary of China, ASEAN looks at India for leadership

2020-03-03T09:50:04+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

ASEAN is heavily dependent on China for trade but distrust between the two in South China Sea offers an opening for India to enhance its stature in the region. Every year, as India celebrates the birth of its Republic in the last week of January, the world watches as the largest democracy shows its mettle as a social, political, cultural and military superpower. This year however, was a particularly power packed show not because the tableaus of various states of [...]

Trudeau’s domestic political compulsions holding back India-Canada ties

2018-05-18T13:02:22+00:00February 23rd, 2018|2017/2018, Last Word, UK Edition - March 2018, Year|

Like the under-performing India-UK relationship, bilateral ties between India and Canada present another conundrum. To call the India-Canada relationship underwhelming would be, well, an understatement. Bilateral trade between two of the world’s largest economies – India is the world’s sixth-largest and Canada the tenth-largest – with a combined GDP of about $4 trillion is a paltry $8.3 billion, according to figures from Statistics Canada. That’s a minuscule 0.2 per cent of all goods and services produced in these two countries. [...]