#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.

#February 2017, #Sector Focus/Pharma

The Indian pharmaceutical industry is holding on to a sliver of hope that it could become the supplier of choice for the US market.

Indian IT sector CEOs aren’t the only ones weighing every word uttered by US President Donald Trump for nuances and burning the midnight oil wondering how to maintain their lead in their largest market.

#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.

#May/June 2016, #2016, #Exports

The life-saving role played by Indian pharmaceutical firms in poorer countries of Africa is one of the real global success stories of our time.

The year: 2001. Africa was facing a major health crisis. Sub-Saharan Africa alone had 22.5 million HIV-positive people. The disease was assuming epidemic proportions. The price of patented drugs supplied by western drug companies was a prohibitive $10,000 per patient per year – way out of reach of the average patient.