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Kerala joins the global Masala Bond drive

2019-07-12T14:05:24+00:00July 5th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – June 2019|

The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) became the latest Indian entity to reach out to the international markets for its fundraising needs. The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board’s (KIIFB) celebrated its debut Masala Bond listing on the London Stock Exchange with a special market open ceremony recently. KIIFB is the first sub-sovereign entity in India to tap the offshore Rupee international bond market with the $312 million equivalent senior secured fixed-rate bond and is aimed at accessing capital from international investors for the southern state’s infrastructure development. “KIIFB strives [...]

Modi’s team selection puts delivery first

2019-07-12T14:05:49+00:00July 5th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – June 2019|

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers signals both continuity and change. The most important changes in the so-called Modi 2.0 Cabinet were the induction of BJP President Amit Shah as Home Minister and the appointment of former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar as External Affairs Minister. But from the perspective of foreign investors, the appointments of Nirmala Sitharaman as Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal as Commerce Minister (in addition to his old charge of the Railways Ministry) and Nitin Gadkari [...]

Let’s Play: Time to pick up the pace, grab missed opportunities

2019-07-02T13:15:55+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

UK-India Week 2019 offers the perfect pitch for the UK and India to take to the crease to hit some big targets and defend the international rules-based order, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. This year’s UK-India Week comes at a very crucial juncture in the bilateral relationship between the UK and India. As the Narendra Modi led government settles into a second term with an overwhelming electoral mandate, the UK government prepares for a new Prime Minister [...]

UK-India Tech Partnership: The next level of thought leadership

2019-06-26T08:23:51+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

A symbiotic approach between the UK and India can address the challenges of reskilling and set a remarkable example of co-creation in the digital era, notes a prominent Indian tech expert. We are in the midst of multitudinous shifts. Tectonic, as they are, and seemingly trying to outdo each other—in terms of impact—they are creating vast opportunities and challenges alike. One such is AI. It is estimated that it will add more than 15 trillion dollars of value globally, in [...]

India is well poised to tackle tech-related challenges

2019-06-26T06:44:40+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

Cyber security and data protection open several doors for cooperation between the UK and India, asserts an intelligence and security expert. A strategic partnership is based on the commonality of interests. It also presupposes a high degree of trust between the partners that is aimed at achieving those interests. A strategic partnership further demands constant dialogue to ensure that the partnership stays on course. The India-UK relationship is, to my mind, at the cusp of shaping itself into a multi-dimensional [...]

AI and healthtech are priority areas for both India and the UK

2019-06-26T08:24:25+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

A UK-India Tech partnership can provide millions of Indians with access to better healthcare and potentially create several job opportunities in both economies. Leading British healthtech specialists are working with Indian tech and clinical leaders to establish how Artificial Intelligence can be used to drive early diagnosis of fatal and severely life-limiting diseases, as part of the India-UK Tech Partnership. In 2016, the UK exported £358 million of digital services to India. The India-UK Tech Partnership aims to bring together [...]

An innovative financing approach holds the key for SMEs

2019-06-26T13:21:16+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Home Page, Special Edition – June 2019|

Business Development Companies (BDCs) are a viable approach to fulfil the financial needs of the SME sector, which currently plays a tremendous role in job creation and economic growth in India. India stands at a time of great economic achievement and even greater economic opportunity. This is not mere cheerleading, but a view validated in recent years by the United Nations’ Ease of Doing Business (UN EODB) Report. India has made dramatic strides climbing up the UN EODB rankings, where [...]

Indian banks in the UK to play a catalytic role for a paradigm shift

2019-06-26T06:49:07+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

The CEO of ICICI Bank UK highlights the role the bank plays in catering to the financial requirements of the Indian diaspora in the UK while also shedding light on other sectors that are ripe for collaborative opportunities between the two countries. India and the United Kingdom have a long-standing and historical relationship. This has transformed into a very strong people-to-people relationship over the last 70 years. The UK is now base to one of the most influential and strong [...]

India, UK and the Dawn of the Afro-Asian Century

2019-07-04T10:34:46+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

A partnership between the UK, India and Africa can not only redefine the current global ethic but also easily become one of the most significant trilateral relationships in the coming years. As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, it is unmistakable that Asia now has a twin – Africa. Even as economists and political pundits alike contest and celebrate the Asian Century, it would be erroneous to ignore the promise that a full one-fifth of humanity that [...]

India and the UK: Partnering for Infrastructure Development

2019-06-26T13:22:11+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Home Page, Special Edition – June 2019|

There are several opportunities for collaboration with the UK as India looks to meet its ambitious infrastructure development goals. India is one of the fastest growing major economies and is perhaps the largest market for commercially viable infrastructure projects outside the large OECD markets. The Indian Ministry of Finance estimates the country’s infrastructure investments needs at $200 billion annually for the next twenty years. At the current pace of investment, however, there is an annual deficit of about $90 billion. [...]