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19 March 2015

Assessing India’s infrastructure aid diplomacy

With the Modi government’s focus on improving neighbourhood relations, India cannot afford delays in its aid projects in the region—especially because aid is an effective foreign policy instrument. Why are these projects getting delayed? Is the government taking remedial steps to improve India’s aid programme?

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26 February 2015

Reconfiguring the role of business in G20

The B20 forum has become an important advisor to the G20, bridging the gap between business and foreign policy. Its effectiveness will depend on whether it can emerge as a solutions provider for the G20 and not just an advocacy forum. Indian business can play a vital role in shaping this mandate

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19 February 2015

Examining the Gilead deal

Widely heralded as a success that brought together U.S. and Indian pharma producers over a high-cost drug at affordable prices, the Gilead deal looked ideal. A closer examination shows there’s more to consider than just low costs before the deal can become a template

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6 February 2015

Budget 2015: accelerating tranformation

Looking at India through the lens of business transformation, Prime Minister Modi has taken a bold step to change the country's behavioural DNA, but the country also requires bold policy decisions and visionary reforms in the upcoming budget. Only then can there be real change and transformation in the Indian economy

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4 February 2015

China’s ebanks: a new regime

WeBank, China’s first online-only bank has been launched with great expectations. It can potentially reform the country’s mismanaged financial sector by opening up credit to private SMEs and prove a model for other developing countries.

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23 January 2015

India-U.S. BIT: not a done deal yet

India is revising the model draft agreement of its existing bilateral investment treaties. Some of the new clauses are unlikely to be accepted by either U.S. negotiators or U.S. corporations without substantial dilution