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.

A leading solar sector expert analyses the factors behind India’s renewables revolution for ‘India Investment Journal’.

From a miniscule 10MW energy generation capacity in 2010 to 8GW in 2016, is a giant leap that the Indian solar sector has successfully made. Reduction in costs and increased global demand for solar installation have played a major role in giving India a prominent place in global solar sector, but there are a few more components that have contributed to such revolutionary success.

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…

Now that Brexit is done, dusted and fading from the front pages of Indian newspapers, it is time to return to a question that has more immediacy in the domestic context: What after Rexit?

The shrill reactions have subsided. Knee jerk reactions like “After Rexit, ruin,” have, fortunately, proved premature and alarmist. Rexit, of course, borrowing a reference from Brexit or Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) to reflect Raghuram Rajan’s impending exit as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor. Now that the dust is beginning to settle over Rajan’s surprise announcement that he will be returning to academia at the end of his term as India’s central banker, it is a good time for a reality check on how his decision will impact the Indian economy.

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…

Government estimates show that the Swachh Bharat Mission involves an expenditure of about $10 billion over five years. But a detailed study conducted by the Centre for Policy Research, shows that this stimulus could be much larger – up to $135 billion over the next five to 10 years.