#Commonwealth, #2017/2016, #April 2017

The Commonwealth held a first-of-its-kind trade ministers’ meet recently to inject much-needed vigour into the organisation. The man behind the summit writes exclusively for ‘India Global Business’.

The inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting (CTTM) on 9th March 2017 was an important moment for the Commonwealth. As many as 35 trade ministers from across the world, including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa and the UK, came together not just for the sake of old ties, but to consider how the network can build an “Agenda for Growth” that will challenge economic stagnation and a growing protectionist clamour in global markets.

#2017/2016, #Hotspot, #April 2017

Nicola Sturgeon is the outspoken First Minister of Scotland who has been campaigning for a voice for Scotland in the post-Brexit scenario. Her call for a second referendum on Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom has raised the spectre of a new kind of exit – Scotland’s exit from the UK (Scexit).

Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon is the first woman to become leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and First Minister of Scotland, a post created in 1999 when the Scottish Parliament was reconvened following a referendum in support of devolution from the UK in 1997.

#Commonwealth, #2017/2016, #April 2017

There are seemingly insurmountable hurdles in the path of reinventing the Commonwealth as a multilateral free trade bloc but the potential upsides could make it a proposal worth pursuing.

There is a superstition in some parts of India which posits that inauspicious beginnings beget the best outcomes. If this proposition contains even a grain of empirical truth, then the proposal to reimagine the 52-nation Commonwealth as a 21st century trading bloc couldn’t have got off to a better start.

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ Meeting in London in March, an unnamed British official dubbed the discussion in some circles to reimagine the Commonwealth as a trade bloc as “Empire 2.0” – exactly the kind of language that raises the hackles of people in the former colonies.

#2017/2016, #UK/EUROPE, #February 2017

A new report released the UK’s Free Enterprise Group makes the case for Britain to prioritise free trade agreements (FTAs) with key Commonwealth nations like India following Brexit. ‘India Global Business’ explores the rationale behind this strategy.

‘Reconnecting with the Commonwealth: The UK’s free trade opportunities’, released by the British MPs led Free Enterprise Group, suggests a five-step plan for the UK government as it gets ready to leave the European Union (EU).

#India-UK, #Yearend 2016

The year 2016 will undoubtedly go down in history as having changed the political landscape of the world, not least as a result of Britain’s vote in June’s referendum to leave the European Union (EU). As the immediate aftermath of the seismic shockwaves on the financial markets subside, we look back at what made Brexit the most-used word of the year.

#2017/2016, #Yearend 2016, #India-EU

The chief executive of Brussels-based trade group Eurochambres analyses whether the traditional trade agreement format is viable any more when it comes to India’s relationship with the European Union (EU).

India has become the world’s fastest-growing large economy. It is the world’s seventh-largest economy in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), overtaking the G7 members Canada and Italy as well as Brazil. In 2015 India’s economy expanded despite agriculture facing a second consecutive drought year, with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimating in July 2016 that the Indian economy was on track to meet its projected growth target of 7.4 per cent in 2016-17, supported by brisk consumer spending and an uptick in the rural economy.

#2017/2016, #Yearend 2016, #World View

India has lots of ground to cover in the African continent with its own version of economic diplomacy and the New Year will mark another chapter in the India-Africa outreach programme.

The Modi government has made much headway in its outreach to Africa but India still has lots of ground to cover before it can match Beijing’s heft in that continent.

#2017/2016, #India-UK, #Yearend 2016

The UK may be vehement that it remains outward looking and open to global talent but developments over 2016 reflect the opposite. The overall anti-immigrant rhetoric in the build up to Brexit, a crackdown on work visas and the continuing drop in Indian students choosing UK universities have contributed to the image of a country closing its doors.

#India-EU, #2017/2016, #Special Edition - November 2016

India-EU ties can attain great heights but Brussels needs to be a little more sensitive towards New Delhi’s needs

Even as Britain’s “leave” vote in the Brexit referendum continues to grab a disproportionate amount of media attention, the Narendra Modi government and bureaucrats in Brussels are working quietly to realise the full potential of India’s relationship with the European Union (EU), which, many analysts believe, is as, if not more important, than New Delhi’s ties with London.