UK Edition – February 2019

///UK Edition – February 2019

It’s dicey, but Indian companies must not turn their back on the UK

2019-02-11T10:16:56+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

While it is prudent for Indian companies to prepare for all Brexit eventualities, they must avoid knee-jerk reactions, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. The largest parliamentary defeat for a British Prime Minister in a long, long time… a face-saving victory in a no-confidence vote brought by Jeremy Corbyn… and total confusion. Three weeks after high drama in the Mother of Parliaments, there is still no clarity on what exactly will happen at 11 pm UK time on [...]

India’s e-commerce policy caught between a rock and a hard place

2019-02-15T14:37:31+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

India’s Draft E-Commerce Policy has set off a fierce debate in India about discounts, control and, most importantly, data security. The Indian government is reworking the Draft E-commerce Policy it had released earlier following criticism mainly from foreign players and several independent analysts. In particular, the draft drew criticism for its alleged bias in favour of protectionism and for making the domestic RuPay card, promoted by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the mandatory payments gateway. It had also [...]

Cancer Research UK’s tie-up with India seeks to develop an innovative approach to research

2019-02-15T14:37:34+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, Home Page, UK Edition – February 2019|

Nick Grant, Executive Director of International Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, discusses a unique initiative between the Government of India and Cancer Research UK – the world’s largest independent cancer research charity. Cancer affects all people, from all backgrounds, indiscriminately. The challenge of beating cancer, a disease that has no borders, is a global one. It’s predicted that more than 29.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer worldwide by 2040*. India is experiencing a rapidly rising cancer burden. In 2018, [...]

Past, Present and Future—The Changing Tide of India–UK Economic Relations

2019-02-15T14:37:37+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

Lord Meghnad Desai, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, recounts the changes in India-UK relations over the past few centuries and discusses the road ahead. Independence Trade and economic relations between India and the UK are more than 400 years old. From 1600, when the East India Company began trading, there have been several distinct phases. The first phase, with the English buying exportables in India and using Indian ports as entrepôt for their trade in [...]

Cross-fertilising British and Indian talent can develop a new tradition of telling Indian stories to a global audience

2019-02-15T14:37:40+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

A renowned British filmmaker believes that Indian stories, lensed through the UK, can create a global impact. The disruptors have arrived. The world of the media is being turned on its head. Traditional television broadcasters are under threat, as is the theatrical cinema business. There has been much said and written about the arrival of the global streaming services Netflix and Amazon into India, with their pockets stuffed full of dollars and hushed talk of unprecedented programme budgets. The promise [...]

UK-India Tech Partnership brings together two of the world’s most innovative countries

2019-02-15T14:37:43+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

As Britain continues to work on an acceptable withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU), one of the senior-most UK ministers at the heart of the debate reiterates the importance of India-UK ties in a post-Brexit context. It has never been more important for the UK to work with old allies and new partners across the world to boost trade and preserve the international rules-based system. And no country is more central to this plan than India. Our relationship is [...]

The twists and turns of the UK’s golden visa

2019-02-15T14:37:47+00:00February 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

Britain’s special Tier 1 Investor Visa, used by hundreds of Indian billionaires over the years, was to be suspended by the UK government over its feared misuse before a U-turn. The UK government recently confirmed a U-turn on plans to suspend a visa category dubbed the “golden visa” in reference to its use by super-rich foreign nationals to acquire fast-track settlement rights in Britain. The Tier 1 Investor Visa, used by many high net worth Indians over the years, was to be suspended in December [...]

Impressive digital strides improve millions of lives in India

2019-02-08T06:41:19+00:00February 7th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

The Narendra Modi led government has registered significant progress in its goal to use technology for social change. Data doesn’t lie. As the time for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s report card to be unveiled draws closer, he can take great pride in the strides his government has made in leveraging technology to improve the quality of life of Indians. Here are a few random numbers: There were about 220 million smart phone users in India when he assumed office [...]

Where Made in Mexico meets Make in India

2019-08-28T13:39:28+00:00February 6th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

Rodrigo Blanco Zamora is the Director of ProMéxico India, Mexico’s investment promotion agency. In this interview, he lays out the attractiveness of the South American region to Indian investments and how the India-Mexico strategic partnership is a win-win for both emerging economies. What are some of the defining features of the “strategic partnership” between India and Mexico? Definitely India and Mexico share a multitude of social factors, such as food habits, dress styles and artistic forms, as a result of [...]

Some lessons for new age innovators

2019-02-15T14:38:30+00:00February 6th, 2019|2019, Home Page, UK Edition – February 2019|

Open mindedness towards mentorship can empower innovators to also deepen the social impact of their efforts, writes the head of Marico Innovation Foundation. Regardless of their size, innovative organisations are able to scale up more easily and grow. They are able to predict and respond better to market changes and build a brand that stands out. It is no wonder then that 63% of the companies according a recent Forbes article, are hiring Chief Innovation Officers (CIOs) to support the [...]