#Sector Focus, #Global Edition- March 2018

From consumer goods to nuclear energy, there was a wide sector coverage of India’s interests across the globe.

Japan’s Sumitomo eyes Indian JV

Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation has entered into a partnership with Gurugram-based Krishna Group to venture into the Indian real estate sector. Both corporations have formed a joint venture, Krisumi Corporation, to develop real estate projects across the country and will have a 50-50 stake in the venture.

#INDIA-EU, #December 2017

The civil aviation sector was at the heart of the bond between India and the European Union (EU) in recent weeks.

India clears aviation MoU with Poland

The Union Cabinet of India, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Poland for the Promotion of Civil Aviation Cooperation. The MoU, which will be for a term of five years, will be signed on behalf of the two countries after its approval by the two governments.

The objective of the MoU is to recognise the mutual benefit of Cooperation in the field of civil aviation, having particular significance in establishing and improving Regional Air Connectivity in India. Apart from this, both sides will recognise the mutual benefits of environmental testing or approvals, flight simulators monitoring and approvals, aircraft maintenance facilities approvals, maintenance personnel approvals and aircrew members’ approvals.

This MoU will promote and facilitate mutual cooperation by providing support in the civil aviation market by reviewing any legal and procedural issues which may adversely affect cooperation between India and Poland.

It also looks at promoting exchange of information and expertise between the Ministries and respective civil aviation authorities related to aviation regulations, regional air operations, airworthiness requirements and safety standards to enhance safety and security of air transport, among other things.

#FEATURE REGION, #October 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought about a paradigm shift in India’s quest for oil, gas, uranium by forging close relations with the five ‘Stans’ – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

The controversial and much delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is finally getting a move on – a full 22 years after it was conceived.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony last December, India will host the next meeting of the Steering Committee which has been formed for the $7.6-billion, 1,814-km-long pipeline that will transport gas from the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan to India to feed its power plants and meet its energy security needs.

#August 2017, #Middle East

Established Indian business houses as well as start-ups are investing billions in the Middle East, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi, to leverage the global access and ease of doing business the region offers.

There are only two certainties in life, death and taxes, goes an old saying. The bonus of living, working and doing business in most Middle Eastern countries is that taxes are either non-existent or very nominal.

#INDIA-UK, #Special Edition – May 2017

Suma Chakrabarti has been charged with one of Europe’s leading development banks for five years and has spent considerable energy in striking a strong connect with India. Sir Suma tells ‘India Global Business’ how Indian companies can take the lead in re-defining the world’s development agenda.

What is your bank’s engagement with India like?

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) already works with a number of Indian companies in our countries of operation and we want to engage even more with the Indian private sector.

We have shown the way with Indian companies in our region. We have brought in Tata Beverages, Tata Power, the Jindal Group, SREI, among others, and they have all worked with us on projects in Russia, Georgia and other places.

There is a real opportunity for Indian businesses. When we look at the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa], very few of their companies are global leaders. One of the Interesting things about India is that it does have some global names.

There is a real opportunity for India with this shift in development practice towards more of a private sector approach to be first and through the door.

#INDIA-UK, #Special Edition – May 2017

Carbon capture and storage is a field India and the UK have great potential to collaborate on, writes the founder of a clean carbon company.

The UK and India have a history of collaboration when it comes to energy, something which looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Notably, ahead of the November 2015 Paris climate summit, the two countries penned a comprehensive package of collaboration on energy and climate change, including commercial deals worth £3.2 billion, and a £10-million joint research partnership into new low-carbon technologies.

#2016, #Yearend 2016, #Sector Focus

India has got its electricity under control but still does not have an answer to its unrelenting thirst for imported crude.

India has invested heavily in building up power plants to the extent there is a glut-like situation today. This year, India’s installed power capacity crossed 300 GW while peak power consumption is estimated in the range of just 140 GW.

#June 2017, #Emerging Markets

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of renewing and redefining India’s millennia-old civilisational bonds with the Middle East are bearing concrete fruit in the form of strategic alliances and investments in India’s infrastructure sector.

Mention the Middle East to an Indian and he will immediately associate it with oil, deserts, Dubai and, very possibly, a non-resident relative stationed there. None of the above provides a misleading picture of the region; equally, none of them paints the complete picture either.

#2016, #Yearend 2016, #World View

India-Russia ties have been rooted in history but 2016 marked a shift in gears to give the relationship a solid 21st century dimension.

President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in October marked a boost for the Make in India programme with the signing of a slew of deals for the co-production of military helicopters. India also signed up to the purchase of Russian missiles and frigates.

#2016, #Yearend 2016, #Sector Focus

As India looks set to increase its GDP fivefold, to about $10 trillion, by 2040, it is axiomatic that the country’s energy demand will rise in tandem.

India recently took a small first step towards ensuring its energy security by commissioning three underground storage units of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project with a combined capacity of 5.33 million metric tonnes of crude.