#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.

#April 2017, #Commonwealth, #Special Edition – May 2017, #COMMONWEALTH, #December 2017, #India & The World

François-Philippe Champagne is Canada’s Minister for International Trade with over 20 years’ experience working for major companies worldwide. ‘India Global Business’ caught up with the minister soon after the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting in London recently to explore the potential of India-Canada ties within a broader multilateral context.

What is the status of the Canada-India free trade agreement?

The negotiation of the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) began in November 2010. Nine rounds of negotiations have been held to date; the latest of which was in March 2015. And, last fall, my predecessor, Chrystia Freeland, met with her Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, during the 3rd Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment in Toronto.

#August 2017, #The Americas

Donald Trump’s ambivalence on economic and strategic issues concerning India is coming in the way of taking bilateral ties to the next level.

If India and the US were Facebook friends, then many in the Indian establishment would be justified in describing the relationship as “It’s complicated.”

India is a “major defence ally” of the US, the economic relationship is vibrant, at least on the face of it, Washington has reiterated its support for India to be admitted into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) as a full member and public statements by senior government officials on both sides continue to exude warmth.

#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, #India-UK, #Yearend 2016

Trade deals are about more than just tariffs, they are about relationships and the movement of people, writes Lord Bilimoria.

I came to the UK as a student in the early 1980s, where I knew I would receive a world-class education. The UK has, along with the US, the best universities in the world and those who study in the UK form lifelong connections with British people and the nation itself.

#2016, #Yearend 2016, #World View

Of all the foreign policy challenges facing the Modi government, the one on how to deal with China is, arguably, the most difficult and vexed problem.

China’s rise to the top league of the world’s leading nations has been accompanied by increasing muscle flexing towards it neighbours, with many of which it has unresolved border problems.

#2016, #Yearend 2016, #Last Word

Governance systems developed ground-up in India can be replicated in other places in the world.

Over the last two centuries, India has adopted, or been forced to adopt, standards and systems imported from the West and imposed, except in some cases, from above. So, India’s judicial system is a copy of the British legal system, its education system is a product of Lord Macaulay’s disdain for all things Indian, its link language is also a gift from the former colonial masters and the Westminster model of democracy that India follows is a close replica of the British parliamentary system.

#June 2017, #Other Highlights

A leading consultant in the field delves into India’s move towards embracing good corporate governance.

Good corporate governance is becoming a priority across the world. An OECD report to G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in 2015 begins as follows: “Good corporate governance is not an end in itself. It is a means to create market confidence and business integrity, which in turn is essential for companies that need access to equity capital for long-term investment.”