OECD: India at the Top of Governmental Confidence League

According to the latest edition of the  Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development‘s Government at a Glance 2017 report, India, with a citizen support of 73%, is at the very top of the governmental confidence league. Canada ranks second with 62%.

Forbes says: Trust in government is vitally important. It serves as a driving force for a country’s economic development, makes governmental decisions more effective and leads to greater compliance with regulations and the tax system.

Russia and Turkey tied for the third spot at 58%; the U.S. scored 30%; and Greece is at the bottom with 13%.

Parliament House, india

Parliament House, India

 

 

July 15, 2017   No Comments

New Jersey based ATCS Sets Up Innovation Lab in India

New Jersey-based IT solutions company Advanced Technology Consulting Service (ATCS) expanded its operations in India by recruiting new staff and setting up its first Innovation Lab (I-Lab) in Jaipur, in the western state of Rajasthan. The company also opened a new office in Bangalore.

“The I-Lab not only serves as a functional space for approaching ideas and concepts in an alternative setting but also embeds a spirit in our team that ATCS is expected to think differently, creating solutions beyond one’s peripheral views,” said Jason Castellani, partner at ATCS.

The company provides strategic guidance to and implements software solutions for several Fortune 500 companies, and has offices in China, Germany and Canada, reports NDTV Profit.

Manish Krishnan, Global CEO, ATCS, said, “For our customers, innovation is a big drive. Having such a lab in our India office helps us in delivering more inventive ideas to our clients.”

ATCS Press Conference in Jaipur

ATCS Press Conference in Jaipur

July 13, 2017   No Comments

Indian Oil Corporation to Buy American Crude Oil

State-owned Indian Oil Corporation floated its first tender to purchase high-sulfur, or sour, crude from North America as it seeks to diversify imports.

BusinessLine reports that India’s largest oil refiner is seeking to buy the crude grades Mars, Southern Green Canyon and Thunderhorse from the United States, and Western Canadian Select from Canada. Sellers are to deliver the oil in late September or early October.

Indian Oil Corporation

Indian refiners consider these heavy, high-sulfur grades as feedstocks. After effecting modifications at their plants, these types of crude grades are easier to process and they typically sell at a lower cost compared to other oil types. The U.S. could become an alternative source for the Indian companies for these grades.

July 11, 2017   No Comments

ITU Accepts India’s Proposal on Rural 5G

At the International Telecommunication Union – Radio Communications‘ terrestrial radio systems (WP5D) meeting held in Canada, the Indian delegation championed the mandatory adoption of a configuration called Low Mobility Large Cell (LMLC) for 5G technology. The proposal has been approved by the global telecom organization.

ITU Logo

This configuration focuses on low mobility users in a set of villages and farms spread over a large area and is likely to become a game changer. New radio systems will need to incorporate this criterion for qualifying as 5G.

Noting that only 13 percent of India’s rural population had access to Internet, the Cellular Operators Association of India said, “Connecting rural India with high-speed mobile broadband will become a reality soon.” By 2020, the National Optical Fiber Network will reach all the 250,000 villages in the country, the Association added.

June 23, 2017   No Comments

CPPIB to Form JV with India’s IndoSpace Realty

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) plans to invest up to $1.2 billion in a joint venture with Mumbai-based IndoSpace, an industrial real estate-focused investment firm jointly owned by private equity investor Everstone Capital and Maryland-based Realterm Global.

Key Highlights:

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and IndoSpace form IndoSpace Core, a joint venture that will focus on acquiring modern logistics facilities in India.
  • CPPIB has initially committed approximately $500 million to the joint venture and will own a significant majority stake.
  • IndoSpace Core has committed to acquiring 13 well-located industrial and logistics parks totaling approximately 14 million square feet, from current IndoSpace development funds.
  • The venture also has the option to acquire an existing pipeline worth approximately $700 million as well as participate in a future development pipeline.

A warehouse

Andrea Orlandi, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Investments – Europe, CPPIB, said, “The strong fundamentals underlying the Indian manufacturing and retail sectors and growth in e-commerce, combined with the low stock of high-quality modern industrial real estate in the country, make this a compelling investment opportunity for a long-term investor like CPPIB.

The Canadian fund, which has invested about $3 billion in India since 2010, has been ramping up its India play over the past couple of years. Last month, the Toronto-headquartered fund formed a joint investment platform with Mumbai-based developer The Phoenix Mills Ltd to develop, own and operate retail-led mixed-use developments in India, reports VCCircle.

 

 

 

May 16, 2017   No Comments