Priti Patel took charge of the UK government’s Department for International Development (DfID) at a time when the country’s aid programme for India was evolving from the traditional hand-outs system to a more collaborative one. ‘India Investment Journal’ caught up with the minister as she completed six months in Britain’s Cabinet.

“We don’t give traditional aid to India but if we look at the facts – the UK is one of the largest investors in India and India is one of the largest investors in Britain. India invests more in the UK than whole of the European Union (EU) put together.

RBI Governor Urjit Patel may be able to cut rates but only later this year. We take a look at what this would mean for the Indian economy.

When will Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel cut interest rates? Speak to analyst, economist or businessman; that will be among his top two or three concerns.

The background

The central bank dashed hopes for a rate cut in December when the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which sets rates, decided to retain the repo rate, the rate at which the RBI lends to banks and the key rate that banks use as a benchmark for the lending and deposit rates, unchanged at 6.25 per cent.

The apex bank adopted this hawkish stance despite retaining its March-end retail inflation projection at 5 per cent. It, however, cautioned that high oil prices and rising interest rates abroad could once again fan inflation.

The chairman of the US India Business Council and executive chairman of Cisco Systems writes exclusively for ‘India Investment Journal’ on the course India-US ties are likely to take and how the IT major is playing its part in this bilateral partnership.

Around the world, anti-trade sentiment is on the rise. It has taken center-stage in the US presidential election, and helped drive the UK’s recent “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union (EU). Meanwhile, the global economy entered into its fifth consecutive year of subpar growth in international trade this year, according to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Despite this trend, trade between the US and India remains…

Kartik Kilachand, the CEO & co-founder of Magnus Gyan, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on India-US initiatives. More recently, he moved to being a social impact entrepreneur – leveraging technology for providing skills training for under-privileged youth to create employment opportunities. He tells ‘India Investment Journal’ about his journey so far and the motivation behind his serial entrepreneurship.

I have been an entrepreneur nearly all my life, except for the first five years after my graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley, when I cut my teeth at GE HQ in New York. All my ventures have been India-US driven – products and services from India sold primarily to the US market place.

The last few weeks have been marked by major tectonic shifts in the political landscape of the world; from the US presidential race to India’s very own big bang announcement of the demonetisation of its Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

While the dust around all these storms is nowhere near settling down, there has been an equal hive of activity around India’s inbound investment scenario. This edition of ‘India Investment Journal’ brings with it the usual mix of news, views, analysis, interviews and reviews to track the economic trajectory of the world’s fastest growing large economy.

Though cut from the same cloth, the eldest in the next generation of the Munjal family has taken a divergent route from his predecessors. A staunch advocate of reversing the ill effects of climate change, Rahul Munjal is quickly gaining prominence in the green economy and already has India’s largest rooftop solar installation and first certified commercial green bond to his name. Inspired by his father who founded what was to become world’s largest two wheeler maker–Hero MotoCorp, the junior Munjal is hoping his venture would be as successful in its own way.

On October 23, 2014, Pawan Munjal, the chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp world’s largest two wheeler manufacturer was busy showcasing the company’s new factory in Neemrana to a select group of media persons. The facility with a capacity to make 7.5 lakh units every year was Hero’s fourth in the country and one of the most modern and sophisticated two wheeler manufacturing facilities. Due to be inaugurated the following day, Munjal was at pains to explain how this factory was unlike any other. Before the journalists could be taken to the shop floor—the heart of any automotive facility where the assembly of vehicles takes place—Munjal escorted all of them to the roof of the building.

Manohar Parrikar has taken on the task of India’s defence minister with gusto, writes senior columnist Ashok Malik exclusively for ‘India Investment Journal’.

As India’s defence minister, Manohar Parrikar has a multiplicity of tasks before him, a menu more challenging than that on offer to many recent predecessors.

A BJP veteran and popular chief minister in the coastal state of Goa, Parrikar, 61 this year, was requested to move to Delhi in November 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s search for a defence minister yielded no suitable options in the capital. Between May and November 2014, in the early months of the BJP-led government, Arun Jaitley had doubled as finance and defence minister but that was not sustainable.

One of the policy chiefs at the US India Business Council (USIBC) presents a kind of first-hand account of India’s journey towards easing up its business environment.

In 2016, India moved up several places in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ Rankings. Why the quick leap? In part, because of the government of India’s singular, constant, and relentless focus on making India a welcome destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and for business.

Prime Minister Modi started, early in his administration…