April 2017

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Re-imagining the Commonwealth

2018-09-04T12:57:40+00:00April 13th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Putting it in context, Year|

It may be time to anoint New Delhi as a hub for a reimagined Commonwealth, writes India Inc. CEO Manoj Ladwa. This week the Commonwealth Secretariat has launched a report which claims that if the UK and India sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), this could boost bilateral trade by a staggering 26 per cent. I am somewhat sceptical about the speed at which an FTA could be agreed and the figures. But nonetheless any moves in this direction is [...]

Global flashpoints: India must not remain in ‘splendid isolation’

2018-08-06T13:33:26+00:00April 13th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Last Word, Year|

India has a major stake in the political tremors around the world. Any fault line is worrying. Even more so is the fact that we seem to be living in a world criss-crossed by such fissures, some overlapping and others not so. Any one of the them could set off tremors or even earthquakes of proportions unprecedented since the end of the Second World War. In Western Europe, that bastion of stability and shared prosperity for the last three quarters [...]

Sedentary work life, pain killers and therapy

2018-06-12T11:03:13+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, More from this edition, OTHER HIGHLIGHTS, Special Edition – May 2017, Year|

Our expert explains why a sedentary office-bound lifestyle is like a ticking time bomb and how yoga therapy can help counter the effects on our joints. Studies suggest we are all sitting for an average of 5.5 hours a day. We then go home and sit for a further 2.5-4 hours. The development of Osteoarthritic (joint wear & tear) conditions are a direct result of such a lifestyle. The management of such low to medium grade conditions is through medication [...]

Canada and India can take Commonwealth lead

2018-08-01T12:16:17+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Commonwealth, COMMONWEALTH, December 2017, India & The World, Special Edition – May 2017, Year|

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 [...]

The war against robots

2018-08-06T13:33:18+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Sector Focus/IT, Year|

Automation in the global IT industry threatens to disrupt the sector in -India but it may be a blessing in heavy disguise. For the stagnant industry, robots may pave the way for the next round of growth. On March 19, news reports suggested Cognizant, the New-Jersey headquartered software services firm may fire between 6,000-10,000 workers in its bid to reduce redundant and non-performing workers. As the news spread and doomsday predictions started ringing, the firm’s spokesperson sought to cool frayed [...]

Innovation is in the Godrej DNA

2018-08-01T12:14:55+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, December 2017, Emerging Markets, India & The World, INDIA-AFRICA, Special Edition – May 2017, Year|

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 [...]

Time to stitch together a Commonwealth free trade bloc

2018-08-06T13:32:35+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Commonwealth, Year|

There are seemingly insurmountable hurdles in the path of reinventing the Commonwealth as a multilateral free trade bloc but the potential upsides could make it a proposal worth pursuing. There is a superstition in some parts of India which posits that inauspicious beginnings beget the best outcomes. If this proposition contains even a grain of empirical truth, then the proposal to reimagine the 52-nation Commonwealth as a 21st century trading bloc couldn’t have got off to a better start. In [...]

H1B: The visa that bites

2018-08-06T13:34:57+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Special Edition – May 2017, The Americas, THE AMERICAS, Year|

As the Donald Trump administration begins to deliver on his poll promise of cracking down on the alleged misuse of H1B visas, Indian IT companies are feeling the pinch. Donald Trump’s election rhetoric is returning to bite the Indian IT sector as policy formulations of the new US administration. First, here are some updates on the bad news on H1B visas, the visa category mainly used by Indian IT companies to ship Indian IT professionals to the US. Tougher norms [...]

Transparency and what it really means

2018-06-12T09:45:15+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, More from this edition, Year|

A corporate governance expert explores what transparency really means for businesses. An organisation that delivers credible and timely information for all its stakeholders is transparent. Such information provides critical insights regarding the performance of a company and therefore it is imperative that companies have a disclosure mechanism in place. Certain kinds of information are required by regulators and other kinds by investors and other stakeholders. In fact, those working in the area of corporate governance, often use the terms transparency [...]