With its tremendous untapped potential, Karnataka is an appealing locus for French companies.

France and India have always been very close. The ties between our two countries have nevertheless been strengthened over the years: whether it be culture, defence, the economy, education, politics or science, our relationship has now grown into a full-scale partnership. While our bilateral trade in goods is expected to come near the $10 billion mark this year (€8.6 billion in 2016), it bears reminding that our trade in services has also thrived, with France’s exports and imports to and from India reaching about €1.4 billion and €1.8 billion, respectively.

India Inc. property expert analyses the post-implementation impact of the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) and Goods & Services Tax (GST) in India.

If there was one common concern that all developers, especially the ones in residential developments, had in India in the month of June and July, it was the implementation of Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) and Goods & Services Tax (GST). Larger firms had dedicated internal teams while smaller firms had a battery of consultants and temporary staff assisting in this implementation. The management was fully focussed on getting these two tasks done with sales and construction trailing behind as non-implementation would mean stoppage of business.

London Stock Exchange has proved a popular choice for investors keen to participate in the India growth story, writes a keen observer of the trend.

Despite macro economic uncertainty, London Stock Exchange Group is showing itself to be the ideal partner to India, as Prime Minister Modi embarks on his ambitious plans to revolutionise the country’s economy and infrastructure.

Innovative technology in real-life use is transforming India’s IT landscape, writes a tech expert.

When I was growing up in the 1970s, electronics was just something fun – my electronics kit that my parents bought me allowed me to make simple circuits that could switch on a bulb as soon as it went dark, or create metronomes or other seemingly non-useful things. However, now, electronics and technology underpins everything, and for me the fun that I had as a child has become useful in the world around us.

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.