Asia Briefing Releases New Doing Business in India Guide

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Jun. 3 – Asia Briefing has just released the second edition of its popular Doing Business in India guide. The book covers all the topics essential for an enterprise or an individual to successfully establish and run a business in the country – including a demographic overview of the country as well as information on market entry structures, tax considerations, labor laws, operational costs, history, business etiquette and culture.

India was the second most attractive FDI destination in the world in 2010, according to the World Investment Prospects Survey 2010-2012 (China was ranked number one and Brazil number three). Furthermore, the country’s economy is expected to grow at 8.6 percent in 2010-2011 and the Indian government is shaping laws and regulations to make the country an utterly compelling destination for investment.

Compelling reasons to invest in India now include:

  • Traditional manufacturing markets in China are becoming more expensive
  • Increasing relaxation of FDI laws and proactive FDI policy
  • Demographic “dividend”
  • Pervasive entrepreneurship spirit
  • High domestic demand and a growing young domestic market
  • Easy industrial licensing policy
  • Financial sector reforms
  • Trade policy reforms
  • Infrastructure development

This book aims to provide a basic overview of all topics related to doing business in India – history, business etiquette and culture, and how to invest into the country, in addition to a detailed, state-by-state demographic and geographic overview and a comparison with China.

Content includes:

  • An Introduction to India
  • A Brief History of India
  • Indian Business Etiquette and Culture
  • Key Sectors for FDI
  • Investment Policy and Procedure
    • FDI trends
    • Government initiatives to promote FDI
    • FDI policy and regulations
    • Establishing legal entities: liaison office, project offices, branch offices, private limited companies
    • Tax considerations
    • Trademark and patent applications
    • Special economic and development zones
    • Labor laws and labor costs
  • Demographic and Geographic Overview of India
  • India and China Compared
    • China vs. India, the next 20 years
    • Bilateral trade
    • Establishing business in China vs. India
    • Corporate income taxes compared

Doing Business in India (Second Edition)” is available on the Asia Briefing Bookstore priced at US$40.

This guide was also written in collaboration with Dezan Shira & Associates, a boutique professional services firm providing foreign direct investment business advisory, tax, accounting, payroll and due diligence services for multinational clients in India. For more information on doing business in India, please contact or visit