2018/2017

//2018/2017

Modi’s embrace of free trade is taking India places

2018-12-04T08:17:36+00:00January 23rd, 2018|2018/2017, From The Top, India Investment Journal January Edition, Year|

The US must stop trying to create WTO hurdles in the path of global growth, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. The world seems to be standing on its head… well, almost. The free trade evangelists of yesterday have turned protectionist. Just look at the US under President Donald Trump. His America First agenda is actually a thinly-veiled protectionist programme that seeks to shield American companies from the competitive headwinds that they were in large measure instrumental in [...]

Digital India: A landmark year for digitisation

2018-12-04T08:04:38+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, Digital India, India Investment Journal January Edition, Year|

Giant strides have been made in digitising the Indian economy and improving internet penetration, but more conviction is required to get Smart Cities off the block. The year 2017 was a landmark year for digitisation of the economy in India. Following the demonetisation exercise of November 8, 2016, when 86 percent of liquidity in the system present in the form of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 currency notes, was sucked out in one stroke, the usage of digital modes of [...]

2017: A year of FDI groundings for India

2018-12-04T08:05:06+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, Make In India, Year|

The New Year promises to continue the upward swing in foreign direct investment (FDI) flowing into India, according to the country’s main investment promotion agency.   India’s investment climate has never been better. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to reform-perform-and-transform has conclusively catapulted India into a higher orbit. The last 12 months saw India break into the top-100 club, on ease of doing business, receive a record FDI of $60.1 billion and earn an upgrade in its credit rating from [...]

Last year’s top inbound deals into India

2018-12-04T08:19:21+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, SNAPSHOT 2017, Year|

The Indian government kick-started the New Year with a major boost to the country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) regime by liberalising norms for retail, civil aviation and pharmaceutical sectors. In this annual feature, India Inc. takes stock of 50 major FDI deals of the year just gone by. MCE Holdings, Sandhar Tech in MoU Malaysian automotive parts manufacturer MCE Holdings Bhd expects to further penetrate the India market through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India’s Sandhar [...]

The privatisation of Air India will test Modi’s reformist resolve

2018-12-04T08:06:27+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, Final Word, India Investment Journal January Edition, Year|

The proposed privatisation of India’s state-owned carrier will prove a balancing act for the government. The proposed privatisation of Air India, the country’s flag carrier, will test both the Narendra Modi government’s resolve to push through politically contentious reforms as well as its ability to balance the need to make the sale attractive to private investors while warding off opposition charges that it was “nationalising losses and privatising profits”. It will be a litmus test of how much his government [...]

Start-ups keep up India’s growth momentum

2018-12-04T08:02:52+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, Policy India, Year|

Start-up India is beginning to show results but these are still early days. The eco-system has to mature further before the benefits percolate down to all sectors of the economy.   For all those who wring their hands and complain that there is little by way of cutting edge scientific breakthroughs coming out of India’s vibrant start-up community, consider this: Deepak Solanki, a young Indian IIT Bombay and IIIT Hyderabad graduate, and his team are making waves the world over [...]

Editor’s Note

2018-12-04T08:03:43+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, Editor's Note, India Investment Journal January Edition, Year|

As we begin the New Year, ‘India Investment Journal’ presents its annual curtain-raiser edition packed with a look-back at some of the highlights of 2017 as well as a review of what can be expected in 2018. As part of Snapshot 2017, we have collated the 50 standout inbound investments that India attracted in the course of last year. From Peugeot’s acquisition of India’s iconic Ambassador brand to the Adani Group’s partnership with Saab to manufacture fighter jets, the deals [...]

India vows to protect and promote WTO

2018-12-04T08:03:36+00:00January 22nd, 2018|2018/2017, Cover Story, India Investment Journal January Edition, Year|

India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu, has taken a vehement stand in favour of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and told ‘India Investment Journal’ that the US will come around to its views on food security for the world’s poor. India has been fighting a battle to protect what it believes are the basic principles of multilateralism on which the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is built. Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu was in the UK in January, [...]

Make in India slowly making a mark

2018-12-04T08:08:22+00:00January 19th, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, Make In India, Year|

The Narendra Modi government’s relentless efforts to boost domestic manufacturing and generate millions of new jobs in the country are slowly beginning to bear fruit. The Narendra Modi government’s Make in India initiative seems to be paying dividends. For the first time ever, domestic production of electronics exceeded imports. The domestic output of electronics in 2016-17 was $49.5 billion compared to $43 billion of imports. Electronics manufacturing is a major focus area of the Indian government and it has announced [...]

Power for all promises big boost to economy

2018-12-04T08:08:55+00:00January 18th, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, Policy India, Year|

The Saubhagya scheme, announced last year, can improve the lives of a quarter billion people by giving them access to 24x7 electricity. It also offers $11.5-billion worth of business opportunities for foreign and Indian companies in the power sector. Of all the flagship schemes announced by the Narendra Modi government over the last three-and-a-half years, the Power for All initiative, to provide electricity connections to every single household in India, is, arguably, the one that can help lift living standards [...]