The Budget has allocated almost $90 billion for building new infrastructure. This will help restart the stalled private investment cycle and spur demand but the absence of serious efforts to resolve the non-performing assets (NPA) problem in the banking sector will hurt.

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley, who reiterated his earlier statement that private investment remains sluggish despite incentives, has done his bit to revive the entrepreneurial instincts of private entrepreneurs, both domestic and foreign, by announcing a massive $90-billion infrastructure building programme – covering roads, highways, railways, inland waterways, ports, rural infrastructure, broadband, toilets and more – that promises to boost corporate top and bottom lines, create jobs and fuel a consumption and demand revival.

He has also addressed the demand side by lowering income tax rates in the lowest slab from 10 per cent to 5 per cent.

India crossed the $300 billion mark at a time when the global economic slowdown has had a dampening impact. This speaks volumes of the opportunity India as an investment destination has to offer and how timely market reforms are creating a positive ecosystem for the international investor.

The government of India has taken up a series of measures to improve Ease of Doing Business in the country. The emphasis has been on simplification and rationalisation of the existing rules and introduction of information technology to make governance more efficient and effective. Today the international investor is all ears to the India story as never before. Almost every decision-making meeting globally has India on its agenda.

As Managing Director for South Asia and Vice-President, Sales & Marketing Group, of Intel Corporation, Debjani Ghosh is responsible for establishing new growth areas for the US-headquartered tech giant in the region. She works with governments and industry in South Asia to establish policies and initiatives that help accelerate the adoption of technology in the region, especially as an enabler of inclusive growth and development.

Two years into the Digital India, what is the experience of tech collaborators like Intel?

For nearly two decades now, Intel has been committed to digitally transforming India into an empowered society and knowledge economy with a focus on education, skill development and innovation. Now, with the government’s vision for a digital India, we’ve got a higher impetus to drive the next wave of computing among non-urban users, and make an impact at the grassroots level. Our experience shows that public private partnerships and local innovation are two of the key components to achieve the Digital India goals.

A new report tracks the opportunities for future technology collaborations between India and the UK to strengthen links in the areas of Smart Cities, Digital Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing.

Today 30 per cent of India’s population resides in urban centres, with these centres contributing around 65 per cent of India’s GDP. It is projected that urban India will contribute about 75 per cent of the national GDP in the next 15-20 years, while the number of people residing in urban centres doubles to 600 million.

A policy expert analyses if India’s current rate of growth is any cause for worry or a sign of sustainable recovery.

India increasingly attracts positive attention from foreign sources. This is evident when one meets with groups of foreign investors who see India as an attractive investment opportunity. This renewed investor interest in itself is not surprising given the rather uncertain and downbeat conditions in a large number of advanced and emerging economies.

Amazon’s India chief presents case studies to show how the global e-commerce giant is using technology to evolve and transform lives in this exclusive article for ‘India Investment Journal’.

As a rule, Nadeem would come across as a predictable face in a ‘National Geographic’ documentary on Mumbai’s humming Dharavi. His job in a small leather workshop earned him just enough to meet household expenses. However, the changing growth dynamics brought him to his destiny; an opportunity to do business on his own through the ecommerce platform of Amazon’s Global Selling Program. Nadeem promptly registered on the platform and took off, listing original leather jackets at attractive prices. Today, Nadeem does business worth over $8,000 each month on and intends to focus more on expanding his online business.

A new Barclays report finds India racing ahead in the digital coding race.

India has emerged on top of a new global digital ranking by Barclays bank in the field of digital creation and coding.

While the country lagged behind considerably on broadband access and policy, it made a solid mark in fields such as “protecting data and devices” and “communication and collaborating”, according to the Barclays Digital Development Index commissioned by Ashok Vaswani, the CEO of Barclays UK.

The co-founder of a Bengaluru-headquartered logistics firm tells ‘India Investment Journal’ how advanced technology is transforming his industry.

The logistics industry is going through a time of rapid change. It was not long ago that ideas like the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing and drone delivery, were things of science fiction. In less than half a decade, industries across sectors are deploying these futuristic technologies…

How 4G can transform India’s economy and improve both governance and the delivery of many essential services across India.

In February 2016, Singularity University, an organisation that focuses on the impact of “exponentials”, held their first summit in Asia in Mumbai – in collaboration with Deloitte – to discuss what they felt were key factors or exponentials that would shape societal and business challenges in the coming era. It was a true learning experience to sit through the sessions on various topics such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics, and crowdsourcing, among others, and their possible impact, and listening to renowned professors and practitioners speak on how such exponentials will shape the future.