#April 2017, #UK/Europe, #Special Edition – May 2017, #COMMONWEALTH, #INDIA-UK, #December 2017

A London-based policy expert weighs up the challenges and opportunities thrown up by Brexit to strike a stronger India-UK dynamic.

Talk of Brexit is never far from the headlines in the UK press. Theresa May triggering Article 50 signaled the start of the process. This presents significant challenges and opportunities for Commonwealth countries, with India being a prime example.

New research from my organisation, the Royal Commonwealth Society, reveals an overwhelming majority of British businesses want to see the Government prioritise trade deals with the Commonwealth. It is significant that nearly three quarters of all UK businesses want an Indian trade deal.

#UK/EU, #INDIA-UK, #August 2017, #December 2017

Abhishek Lodha is the Managing Director of the Lodha Group, a Mumbai-headquartered developer which made its global foray with high-profile projects in the UK. ‘India Global Business’ caught up with him to get an update on this international vision, plans for the group’s luxury London developments and the Brexit effect on the property market.


What was the motivation behind the Lodha Group’s expansion to the UK?


We started in London in December 2013, early 2014 and the idea was to establish a business which builds on our success and learnings in India and allows us to operate as an Indian multinational by operating in one of the most competitive, most expensive as well as the highest quality markets in the world.


Over the last three years, we are developing two of London’s most prestigious developments – No. 1 Grosvenor Square, which was the Canadian High Commission and before that the American Embassy, and Lincoln Square, which is just off London School of Economics next to the Royal Courts of Justice. What we are trying to do is truly world-class quality. We have put in a lot of effort and money into the design, into the marketing content, brought in the best names from across the UK as well as internationally.

#February 2017, #Hotspot, #INDIA-EU, #December 2017

With Brexit around the corner, one of Britain’s neighbours is making a play for Indian investments as a member of the European Union (EU).

Ireland has a strong proposition for any company choosing to do business in Europe. A part of the European Union (EU), the country’s impressive offering includes large and small companies, MNCs and indigenous companies, universities and research institutes in the technology, ICT, life-sciences, financial services and advanced manufacturing sectors.

#UK/EU, #August 2017

The number of Indian-built models registered by British buyers rose by almost half (48.6 per cent) to 21,135 units in the first half of this year alone.

UK car production fell by -13.7 per cent in June, with 136,901 cars rolling off production lines, according to recent figures released by the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The third consecutive month of decline, following changes in production schedules for new model introductions, resulted in a -2.9 per cent year to date dip in output, triggering alarm bells over the impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU).

#INDIA-UK, #December 2017

A series of green bond listings on the London Stock Exchange to raise funds for Indian infrastructure projects dominated the bilateral relationship in recent months.

India, UK to ink pact in urban transport sector

India and the UK will sign a pact soon for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation in the urban transport sector.

India’s Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, met UK’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in London recently and discussed a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

The draft MoU seeks to facilitate cooperation in the transport sector and enable the sharing of expertise and latest technology to promote efficient mobility solutions. The statement said it is also expected to usher in policy reforms that can transform the transport sector through improved customer service/data analysis and better use of IT systems.

The pact will also help in promoting digital transactions and induction of high capacity diesel/electric vehicles in India, it said adding, this MoU will also establish the terms on which such assistance can be provided.

During his visit to London, Gadkari addressed a session of the International Maritime Organisation.

He also addressed Indian business leaders in UK, urging them to cooperate in the Namami Gange project of the government.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

India and the UK announced deals worth £9.2 billion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the UK this week. A new rupee bond to fund Indian Railways, a civil nuclear pact and collaborations in the field of defence and cyber security were among the highlights of what British Prime Minister David Cameron described as a “new dynamic modern partnership”.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

David Cameron shared an easy chemistry with Narendra Modi during the long-awaited visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Britain in November. The British Prime Minister was by Modi’s side through most of his official engagements and also shared a more quiet time together during an overnight stay at Chequers, Cameron’s countryside retreat in Buckinghamshire.

#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015

India and the UK have agreed on a comprehensive package of collaboration on energy and climate change which includes commercial deals worth £3.2 billion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK. The UK and India reaffirmed the importance of addressing climate change and promoting secure, affordable and sustainable supplies of energy that will support economic growth, energy security and energy access.