#June 2017, #INDIA-EU, #Hot Spot, #December 2017

One of the European Union’s (EU) leading economies sets out what makes it the right gateway to Europe for Indian companies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was only in Berlin for 24 hours on May 30, but the wake of his visit has left little doubt as to how important India is to Germany and the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a joint appearance in front of a business audience to emphasise that agreeing an EU-India free trade agreement (FTA) would be a priority.

#UK/EUROPE, #2017/2018, #October 2017

Acquisitions in the field of software and pharmaceuticals dominated the Indian march across UK and Europe in recent months.

Tata Steel completes sale of UK mills

The UK’s Liberty House Group has completed the purchase of two pipe mills from Tata Steel UK in north-east England.

Liberty, which is part of the GFG Alliance, had signed a provisional agreement to acquire the units at Hartlepool last month and appointed top steel pipe specialist, James Annal, to head the new pipe and tube division. Sanjeev Gupta, the executive chairman of Liberty House, said the deal marked his group’s plans to play a key role in the global oil and gas pipeline sector.

He said: “This is an important first step in our ambition to become a world leader in energy pipe and we are already looking at plants in other countries. The acquisition of this high-calibre business and its skilled workforce gives us the basis to upgrade the liquid steel production facilities we’re buying at Whyalla, South Australia, and our plate mills at Dalzell and Clydebridge in Scotland to make high-value-added API grade plates that can be rolled at Hartlepool to supply pipeline projects worldwide.

“This fully-integrated value chain will make us a world leader in this field and help showcase Britain’s engineering prowess in supplying a world-class highly-engineered product.”

Liberty has said it intends to rebuild the previously struggling operation at Hartlepool, adding around 100 new jobs to the existing 140-strong workforce.

#2016, #Yearend 2016, #World View

A leading Indian diplomat based in Africa shares his views on why the continent is important to India.

Any observer of Indian foreign and strategic policy may well raise the question: Why Africa? Why should a developing country like India expend its limited political, diplomatic, human and financial resources on Africa when there are myriad problems to be resolved within the country. Moreover, given India’s limited resources spent primarily cultivating the P-5 and other great powers like Germany and Japan, our immediate neighbourhood (SAARC, ASEAN, CIS) and on crucial multilateral systems like the UN, why should the country’s initiatives be spread thinly across the 54 countries that make up continental Africa.

#June 2017, #The Americas

The US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord will not have much impact on the fight against global warming as India and others take the lead in embracing renewable energy.

Just as US President Donald Trump’s repudiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership provided Chinese President Xi Jinping the opportunity to present himself as the prime defender of the globalised trading order, the US walkout of the Paris Climate Pact has presented Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the rare chance of presenting India as the leader of the global fight against climate change.

#May/June 2016, #2016, #Global Indians

The Indian Diaspora has been at the forefront of some of the key posts around the world. ‘India Global Business’ takes a look at the government and ministerial posts occupied by prominent Indian voices in this series which tracks Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Lok Doots”.