A voice that matters in the Commonwealth

2020-05-11T06:20:40+00:00March 13th, 2020|2020, The Big Story, The Big Story UK - India Global Business, UK Edition – 13 March-26 March 2020|

Against the backdrop of Commonwealth Day 2020, India’s considerable heft within the 54-member organisation has never been more pronounced. Highlights: India’s proactive role within the Commonwealth has been gaining ground even as the UK, New Zealand and Australia seem to be pulling in the other direction. PM Modi has increased India’s annual contribution to the CFTC and the Commonwealth Small States Offices to increase funds for developing small island states. Another area where India is making an impact is in [...]

Building shared prosperity across the Commonwealth of nations

2018-09-21T15:02:08+00:00September 19th, 2018|2017/2018, UK Edition – September 2018|

Pegged around a recent visit to Bangladesh, the Commonwealth Secretariat presents a vision of shared goals across the 53-member organisation. Secretary General Patricia Scotland recently shared her vision to ensure that the Commonwealth remains relevant and vigorous during “troubled and troubling times”. She was speaking at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) seminar during her first official trip to the country. Joining the Secretary-General, on the theme of “Commonwealth Advantage: Progress and Potential”, were Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and [...]

The Commonwealth can fight tide of protectionism

2018-07-26T13:44:09+00:00June 6th, 2018|2017/2018, Putting it in context, Special Edition - June 2018|

One of India’s leading industrialists evaluates what the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations can mean for global growth. The Commonwealth of Nations is a unique grouping of countries. With 53 countries as members, spanning across continents, the sheer diversity of this association is mind boggling. The Commonwealth comprises some of the biggest and the smallest countries of the world which are at different levels of economic development. However, the strong thread of common values based on principles of democracy, peace and [...]

India uses cricket diplomacy, doubles contributions to Commonwealth

2020-03-26T12:15:12+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 [...]

Team Commonwealth

2018-05-22T14:28:47+00:00March 28th, 2018|2017/2018, From the Top, UK Edition- April 2018, Year|

India and the UK are increasingly aligned on the Commonwealth’s potential to provide an impetus to trade and investment, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa. Tennis legend Billie Jean King famously said: “Create your legacy, then pass on the baton”. As the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) draws closer, there is anticipation that an initiative taken to bring trade and investment to the forefront of the grouping’s concerns may, in the years to come, see the [...]

Commonwealth is like a Koh-i-Noor diamond

2018-05-23T12:59:47+00:00March 22nd, 2018|2017/2018, Commonwealth, UK Edition- April 2018, Year|

Lord Jonathan Marland is the Chair of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), which is charged with promoting greater trade and investment between Commonwealth countries. In this interview with ‘India Global Business’, he sets the scene for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April and the scope for India to take the lead. Has the Commonwealth failed to live up to its potential? It is to the incredible credit to the Queen and the royal family that [...]

CHOGM 2018: Towards a common future

2020-03-18T11:24:25+00:00March 21st, 2018|2017/2018, Commonwealth, UK Edition- April 2018, Year|

The chief of a Commonwealth parliamentary body delves into what the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has in store. Towards a Common Future is the theme for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this year. With 60 per cent of the Commonwealth population below the age of 30, it is no surprise that theme is focussed on the future. The theme will explore how the unique organisation can be revitalised to maintain its relevance and will be the [...]

Building a new UK-India visa partnership

2018-07-09T09:25:27+00:00March 21st, 2018|2017/2018, Commonwealth, UK Edition- April 2018, Year|

The chief of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) explains why CHOGM 2018 is the perfect timing for a renewed UK-India visa agreement. At the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) we have always supported a stronger relationship between India and the UK, built on our strong Commonwealth ties. As Britons and Indians alike know, the UK and India’s long-standing relationship is about more than just history. This is a relationship of vibrant cultural exchange; business links built on high-tech industry and trade, [...]