Rolls-Royce started its relationship with India over 80 years ago with its engines powering the first civil and military aircraft in the country. Chris Cholerton, President – Defence Aerospace at one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the sector, tells ‘India Investment Journal’ how a focus on technology and capability transfer has contributed towards India’s sustainable growth.

How is Rolls-Royce supporting the India growth story?

Today, as an investor, a high skills employer and a supplier of power systems across aerospace, marine, nuclear and industrial, we are developing a significant portfolio of activity in India to undertake progressively more complex activity across the engineering, manufacturing and supply chain domain. We believe in India’s inherent strengths and are well-positioned to support the government in its commitment to ‘Make in India’ and in other socio-economic initiatives such as ‘Smart Cities’ ‘Skilling’ etc.

Against the backdrop of the 2017 Vibrant Gujarat summit, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani takes time out for ‘India Investment Journal’ to trace the state’s journey to be recognised as one of the country’s most investor-friendly destinations.

What is Gujarat doing to maintain its lead in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) rankings?

Gujarat has always been the frontrunner of creating investor friendly ecosystem. It is enthralling to see that there is a stiff competition among the states and they are also aggressively adopting measures to enhance the business environment.

Gujarat has implemented a large number of critically important reforms in the state which has enhanced transparency and improved efficiency of the government. As per the rankings of 2016, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have overtaken Gujarat by a slight margin. However, this is a sign of healthy competition between Indian states, and we shall surely bounce back next year. Some of the areas where Gujarat is a clear national leader in EODB rankings are: Availability of Land Information, Environmental Registration, Inspections, and Obtaining Electricity Connection. We have a very Information Technology driven approach to facilitating approvals and disseminating information in these domains.

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.

As the world, especially emerging economies, grapple with the challenges posed by climate change, it is essential to come up with innovative solutions to address energy shortages that can significantly benefit people with no or limited access to energy. An International Finance Corporation (IFC) expert analysis where India fits in.

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…

India’s minister for science & technology and earth sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, was in the UK recently for the fifth Indo-UK Science and Innovation Council (SIC) meeting. The two sides clinched a crucial agreement to work together as R&D partners in Solar Alliance. He gives details of the deliberations to ‘India Investment Journal’ after his talks with UK counterpart, Jo Johnson.

Pronita Saxena is founder & CEO of Citizengage, a start-up aimed at building technology for residential and commercial communities to self-manage their waste by connecting with waste collectors, processors, and recyclers. Here she explains what makes this Bengaluru-headquartered initiative work, how India has a better understanding of waste management than the West and why technology is the key.

A patent agent offers his take on India’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation, measures being taken to combat infringement and how they tie in with the Make in India programme.

The 21st century belongs to entrepreneurs. Keeping that in mind the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India, announced The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy on May 13, 2016.

The aim of the policy is to create awareness about…

A banking expert weighs up what the digital revolution has in store for the world of banking and beyond.

We are on the cusp of entering the fourth industrial revolution, known as digital revolution, which supposedly removes barriers of different known/unknown interventions and consents interplays between digital, physical and biological spheres. The speed of the current breakthrough has no historical precedent in its entirety, leave alone its velocity and scope. It would unquestionably transform the way we think, act, react, reason – almost touching a wide gamut of the principles of our working life, social mobility and existence.

Nitin Gadkari is among one of the Narendra Modi led government’s biggest assets and has undoubtedly shaken things up as the minister for road transport, highways and shipping. He takes some valuable time out of his incessant schedule for ‘India Investment Journal’ to take stock of where things stand in terms of his enormous infrastructure challenge.