Rana Kapoor, the CEO of Yes Bank, talks ‘India Investment Journal’ through his company’s recent tie-up with Santander UK, the impact of demonetisation and the gains in store for the banking sector with GST.

What is the thinking behind the tie-up with Santander UK?

The UK-India corridor is a high priority corridor for us. The fact is that India is the fastest growing economy in the world today and quite naturally the opportunities between India and the UK are getting catalysed. Especially, SMEs [small and medium enterprises] need cross-border partners and banks are the channel that can help open new markets for them. Santander and Yes Bank are looking at providing a collaborative platform to help SMEs penetrate new geographies.

Gujarat has forever been the land of brave entrepreneurs and industry friendly policies have led to the proliferation of many successful micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Fifty-two-year-old Kishore Patel of Ankleshwar based printing and packaging firm Techno Packaging credits his success to the business friendly and technology savvy nature of his state Gujarat. Patel started out from a small godown (warehouse) in 1998 supplying cartons and labeling equipment to local industries in the vicinity. His familiarity with computers and an inherent urge to expand the business matched other similar entrepreneurs around and he quickly graduated to more sophisticated offset colour printing, scanning and visualisers. As businesses grew big feeding on the state’s industry friendly policies, so did Patel.

The World Bank’s representative working at the heart of the definitive ‘Doing Business’ rankings revisits the Indian government’s pledge to improve the country’s rating on global charts. The overall assessment is good but there is a long road ahead to achieve a truly business-friendly environment.

The private sector is often described as the ‘engine of economic growth’, given its critical role in creating jobs, which enable citizens and countries to prosper. However, several factors, such as lack of access to finance or burdensome processes for starting a new business, can undermine private enterprise and, if left unaddressed, can impede growth…