Economy & Trade

Trade Standards in India: What You Need to Know for India Bound Exports

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By Bradley Dunseith

Trade standards create and enforce specific criteria in products and services – quite literally setting the standard. These standards are applicable to both domestic and imported goods; understanding these standards makes exporting goods to India easier.

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India and Russia Collaborate on Joint Development Funds, Technical Innovation Projects

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India and Russia have both pledged to set up a Joint Development Fund, with an initial US$1 billion being set aside for the purpose.

The fund is being supported by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), who will work with India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). They will each invest US$500 million, replicating partnerships the Russian entity has with countries such as China. 

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India Market Watch: India-US Defense Logistics Pact Stuck, Government Pitches ‘Clean India’ to Private Sector

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India-US defense logistics pact stuck under red tape

The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) is currently stuck in regulatory quagmire with bureaucratic bottlenecks on both sides, particularly within the Indian defense ministry.

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India Is Hot! New IPO’s Are Massively Oversubscribed

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A sign of the desire to get into the new Indian dynamic has manifested itself this past few days with the massive over-subscription of several Indian initial public offerings (IPOs) coming to market.

The DMart IPO closed at USD260 million and was oversubscribed by a multiple of 104. The Radio City IPO  was oversubscribed by a factor of three, and another four IPOs are due in India this month, excluding today’s listings of Laxmi Cotspin, Manas Properties, Maximus International and Octaware Technologies. 

This shows the gradual realization that the Indian consumer market is the place to be. 

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India Market Watch: Cement Production Declines, New Unemployment Data

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Cement production declines for first time since 2001

In its first decline in 15 years, cement production in India fell by 13 percent year-on-year in January. The drastic overall decline was a direct outcome of the government’s sudden demonetization, which badly hit the real estate and construction sectors. Consequently, production levels of cement slowed down by 0.5 percent in November, and plummeted by 9 percent in December 2016 – due to its industrial linkages with the housing, infrastructure, and commercial sectors.

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India’s Digital Payments Push: Incentives on BHIM

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By Pritesh Samuel

In line with the government’s digital push, two cashback schemes – associated with the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app – are expected to be released in the coming month. The BHIM app is available on both android and iOS platforms, and has recorded over 17 million downloads.

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India’s Digital Payments Future – New Publication from Dezan Shira & Associates

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India’s Digital Payments Future, the latest publication from Dezan Shira & Associates, is out now and available to subscribers as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Bookstore

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India Market Watch: Harley-Davidson Targeting Tier-II Cities, Uttar Pradesh Wins Bollywood’s Bucks

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Startups in Delhi winning in race for investors

According to data collected by LetsVenture, startups in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) – which includes the capital Delhi and its satellites Gurgaon and Noida – have closed more investment deals over the past year than their counterparts in Bangalore. According to the data, 328 startups in the NCR received investments, in comparison to only 261 in Bangalore. However, the investments in the NCR totaled US$2.50 billion, in contrast to the US$2.52 billion that startups in Bangalore received.

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