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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 [...]

Laying the Groundwork for an India–UK Trade Deal

2019-09-13T11:05:58+00:00September 11th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – September 2019|

The Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade lays out the strengths and challenges that India and Uk must be aware of in order to build a stronger bilateral relationship. The UK and India share a unique history with trade relations going back many hundreds of years. Today, I believe it is a relationship that will have much greater strategic as well as economic significance as India responds to the regional challenge of the rise of China and resurgence of [...]

The Commonwealth at 70; is it fit for purpose?

2020-03-20T05:47:37+00:00July 26th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – July 2019|

Can the Commonwealth serve as a body seeking to forge a commonly-accepted approach to global challenges? Or is it still struggling to justify its existence? Our strategic expert analyses the Commonwealth as it nears its 70th year. Over the past few decades, the number of multilateral groupings in Asia has multiplied. While ASEAN – the Association of South East Asian Nations - has modelled itself, with Asian characteristics, on the European Union, most of those which are not seeking greater [...]

On a mission to simplify doing business in India

2019-03-29T14:36:40+00:00March 27th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – March 2019, Home Page|

A specialist on trade and investment within the India-Australia corridor traces the re-energising of this bilateral relationship as part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concerted efforts. The Australia-India relationship has mostly revolved around the three Cs – cricket, curry and Commonwealth. So, when in November 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Australia, a gap of 28 years since an official visit to Australia by an Indian PM, it was a moment to redefine Australia–India relations and rewrite this [...]

New Zealand: A safe and easy place for Indian investors

2019-02-15T14:35:01+00:00February 15th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – February 2019|

Joanna Kempkers is the New Zealand High Commissioner to India. In this interview with ‘India Global Business’, the career diplomat lays out the investment climate on offer for Indian companies, prospects of a free trade agreement and areas where the Commonwealth bond between the two countries can be further strengthened. What is the nature of Indian investments in New Zealand and what are the areas these can be further enhanced in? Investment from India to New Zealand has been concentrated [...]

We need to embrace the opportunities provided by being in the Commonwealth family

2020-03-24T09:54:19+00:00January 15th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – February 2019|

The Commonwealth is united not only by a common history, but by a common future, in which we work together for the benefit of all our citizens, writes the UK Minister of State for the UN and Commonwealth. The India UK Relationship India and Britain share a unique relationship. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the connection between our two great nations as a ‘Living Bridge’, made up of a shared history, our people, culture, and ideas. I am the [...]

Time for a post-Brexit re-evaluation of the Commonwealth

2018-12-11T10:11:55+00:00December 7th, 2018|2017/2018, UK Edition – December 2018|

The Royal Commonwealth Society chief digs into some of the tough issues tackled during the ongoing Global Britain and India inquiry being conducted by the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. For ‘Global Britain’ to be more than a hollow slogan, and for Brexit to avoid being simply a harmful shift inwards, the UK will need to seriously re-evaluate and revisit its international relationships. It is important that this re-evaluation also take place within the context of the Commonwealth. That is [...]

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 [...]