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India Ratifies UN’s Convention for Goods Transit

India is the 71st signatory to the United Nations’ TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, an international transit system that facilitates the seamless movement of goods throughout countries in Asia and Europe.

TIR is the global standard for goods customs transit managed and developed by IRU, the world road transport organization. IRU, will work closely with all relevant stakeholders in India on training, development, and outreach efforts to prepare the country in six months in implementing the convention said Umberto de Pretto, secretary general of IRU.

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India recently ratified the trade facilitation agreement of the World Trade Organization, and this move will help India access transnational multi-modal connectivity.

Kazem Asayesh, senior advisor on TIR and Trade Facilitation said, “The TIR system has been facilitating trade and international road transport for over 60 years, by allowing customs-sealed vehicles and freight containers to transit countries, without border checks.”

A study in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific region estimated that implementing TIR can generate economic benefits ranging from 0.14 to 1.31 percent of national GDP, reports the Times of India.

June 22, 2017   No Comments

M&A Deals Surge in India

According to assurance, tax, and advisory firm Grant Thornton, during January-May 2017, there were 170 mergers and acquisition deals worth $35.45 billion in India, registering a significant jump over last year deals worth $13.37 billion.

“All eyes seem to be now on the Goods and Services Tax implementation and its impact on not only trade and economy, but more importantly on investor interest,” Grant Thornton India partner Prashant Mehra said. He added that since there is a clear visibility on this, one should see good traction in both M&A and PE.

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In May, the e-commerce sector led the deal activity by contributing over 53 percent of the total transaction value. The month also witnessed deals worth over $100 million in the banking and financial services, hospitality and leisure, and real estate sectors, Grant Thornton’s report added.

“Increasing consolidation is driving deal volumes in the start-up sector, capturing 25 percent of volumes with highest activity witnessed in the on-demand services space,” quotes BusinessLine from the report.

June 21, 2017   No Comments

Good Rains Will Boost Agriculture in India

With the El Nino phenomenon not in play this year, heavy rains in India have created the right conditions for crop planting in the key agricultural states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Officials say the good rainfall in north India has boosted soil moisture that is needed for the new crop, reports the Economic Times.
A USDA Foreign Agriculture Service GAIN report notes that the Indian Meteorological Department’s second forecast for the Southwest Monsoon predicts a normal monsoon for 2017 and suggests that June to September rainfall will be 98 percent of the Long Period Average or LPA.
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Source: Indian Meteorological Department

June 20, 2017   No Comments

Warburg Pincus to Invest in India’s Tata Technologies

New York-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus will invest $360 million in Tata Technologies for a 43 percent stake, of which 30 percent will be acquired from Tata Motors, the parent company, and 13 percent from Tata Capital.

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Tata Technologies provides outsourced design, research and development services to the automotive, aerospace, and industrial machinery industries, and has about 8,500 employees in 23 countries. Warren Harris CEO of Tata Technologies said, “As the engineering services outsourcing market has matured from cost arbitrage and staff augmentation to increasingly high-end, strategic work, Tata Technologies has been there leading the charge.”

Vishal Mahadevia, managing director and co-head of Warburg Pincus India, said that the PE firm will leverage its global network and prior experience in the engineering services sector to help Tata Technologies grow both organically and through acquisitions, reports Bloomberg.

 

June 19, 2017   No Comments

Over 50 Global Retailers to Set Up Shop in India

More than 50 mid-rung global retailers are planning to enter India within the next six months, according to data compiled by Franchise India. The majority of the brands are from the United States and Singapore, and they will invest $300-500 million in India.
The Economic Times reports that the latest brands are mostly smaller ones that rely on the franchise system for global expansion. These companies want to focus on smaller and untapped markets such as Tier 2 and 3 cities. Of the incoming brands, 18 are in the food and beverage space followed by 13 each in apparel and lifestyle products and education products.
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Recently, India replaced China as the most promising retail market in the world, according to an AT Kearney report. The report said, “Government efforts to boost cashless payments and reform indirect taxation with a nationwide goods and services tax are expected to accelerate adoption of modern retail.”

The Indian retail market is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2026, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 10%, according to the India Business of Fashion 2017 report. With food and grocery retail just 3% of the overall market, several global food chains sense an opportunity in India.

June 19, 2017   No Comments