UK Edition- May 2018

///UK Edition- May 2018

UK and India betting big on innovation

2018-09-12T15:44:38+00:00June 8th, 2018|UK Edition- May 2018|

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the UK has opened a new chapter in closer UK-India ties, with technology at its core. When Theresa May chose India for her first bilateral trade visit as British Prime Minister, she placed a smart bet that India will be crucial to the UK’s economy post Brexit.  Last month, she doubled-down on her bet, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only one of the 53 Commonwealth heads of government that [...]

Trading Places: India and the UK can nuance transactional globalisation

2018-07-31T07:58:50+00:00May 25th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President of India, presents his views on Brexit’s impact on India and the UK. Background On Wednesday, 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom formally invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and began the process of withdrawing from the European Union (EU). This narrative will culminate in the summer of 2019, when the UK will cease to remain a member of the EU. The precise nature of the relationship between the UK and [...]

Who are the Middle Class in South Asia?

2018-05-25T10:24:16+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

The measurement and identification of the middle class in South Asia, including India in particular, remains subject to significant debate, academics point out. With high GDP growth but also high levels of inequality, South Asia identifies an elusive middle class by either exaggerating or diminishing its size, nature or effectiveness. As anthropologist and researcher of middle class consumerism in India, William Mazzarella observed, “Since the mid-1980s, one of the more noticeable symptoms of the process of social and economic liberalisation in India [...]

India’s West African safari gathers steam

2018-05-25T10:26:11+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

More than 100 large, medium and small Indian companies across industries have set up operations in West Africa, generating goodwill for India that is helping the country’s energy security needs. Most Indians are not very aware about West Africa beyond the fact that Nigeria, the major economy in the region, is a major producer of oil. A vast majority of Indians have only a very hazy idea of countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, [...]

US, South Africa, Sri Lanka: Indian firms on a global march

2018-07-31T10:04:14+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

Companies from sectors such as FMCG, automotive and technology were in the spotlight. Dabur acquires 2 firms in South Africa FMCG major Dabur India completed the acquisition of two South Africa-based companies — D&A Cosmetics Proprietary Ltd and Atlanta Body & Health Products Proprietary Ltd — through its subsidiary. The company had last year announced that it will acquire the two personal care products companies in South Africa for a total cash consideration of 50 million rands (Rs 25 crores). [...]

Visas: The ever-present hurdle in India-UK ties

2018-05-25T10:31:00+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, The Big Picture, UK Edition- May 2018|

The UK remains conflicted by its attitude towards immigration, writes a foreign policy expert. The issue of visas has been a long-standing impediment to relations between the UK and India. British aspirations for greater engagement with India have been met with an open and transparent Indian demand for greater access for their citizens. The UK remains conflicted by its attitude towards immigration. On one side, business leaders and employers such as the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) point out [...]

Fintech, healthcare take centre stage

2018-07-31T10:04:18+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, The Small Print, UK Edition- May 2018|

India and Britain forge new alliances to enhance cooperation across different sectors. Apollo Hospitals in UK institute tie-up India’s Apollo Hospitals Group announced its collaboration with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), UK to help address the shortage of skilled radiologists in the NHS and the Indian health system. Through the partnership, Apollo Radiology International (ARI), a specialty division of the group, will provide opportunities to Indian radiologists to work for fixed terms in the UK. These jobs will help [...]

Indian IT industry is undergoing an interesting phase right now

2018-07-31T10:04:23+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Expert Views, UK Edition- May 2018|

Ashish Pandey is charged Tech Mahindra’s Strategic Accounts in the UK & Ireland and is also the Executive Sponsor of the company’s North West Office in the region. In this interview, he lays out the Indian IT major’s global strategy against the backdrop of its newest office in Salford, Greater Manchester. Please give us an overview of Tech Mahindra's UK journey. Tech Mahindra (TechM) represents the connected world, offering innovative and customer-centric information technology experiences, enabling Enterprises, Associates and the [...]

India uses cricket diplomacy, doubles contributions to Commonwealth

2018-05-25T10:30:30+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Expert Views, UK Edition- May 2018|

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 in London and Windsor marked India’s stepped-up engagement with the 53-member organisation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashed some cricket diplomacy while doubling India’s contributions to some key Commonwealth bodies to promote a sustainability agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The Indian PM addressed the second plenary meeting of the day-long executive session at CHOGM on April 19, with a focus on support for small island developing nations of the organisation and delivering “demand-driven, rather [...]

UK-India Tech Alliance marks new age of bilateral ties

2018-07-31T10:06:13+00:00May 24th, 2018|2017/2018, Region Focus, UK Edition- May 2018|

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK between April 17 and 20 was billed as an “unprecedented” affair within diplomatic circles. Modi went on to hold not just one but two meetings with his British counterpart, Theresa May, before they went into the formal deliberations as part of the multilateral Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Indian PM, who arrived in the UK from Sweden after the first-ever India-Nordic Summit, was among only a handful of [...]