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ASIA: India Opts Out as 15 Asia-Pacific Nations Conclude Multilateral Free Trade Agreement

12 Nov 2019

Negotiations have been concluded between 15 Asia-Pacific countries with regard to a multilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA)....Read More


India in Focus: The Tech Start-up Ecosystem (2) podcast

11 Nov 2019

Despite favourable policy incentives and immensely growing start-up ecosystem, many of the Indian start-ups still struggle. This is especially true in the areas of raising capital, taxation, making in...Read More


India in Focus: The Tech Start-up Ecosystem (1) podcast

4 Nov 2019

Supported by proactive government policies and the rising adoption of technology in the private sector, India is making its way towards being an entrepreneurial technology hub. Keeping in tune with th...Read More


INDIA: Imported Solar Cells Prohibited from Use in Government Projects

31 Oct 2019

Only locally-produced solar photo-voltaic (PV) cells will be approved for use in government-sponsored solar energy projects, according to a recent affirmation by the country’s Ministry of New and Rene...Read More


INDIA: GST Revisions Likely to Impact on Business of Hong Kong Importers/Exporters

2 Oct 2019

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) on several products/services of relevance to Hong Kong suppliers and investors was revised as of 1 October....Read More


INDIA: Corporate Tax Cut in Bid to Spur Investment and Counter Economic Slowdown

27 Sept 2019

The country’s corporate tax rate has been cut from 30% to 22%, with the change retroactively applying as of 1 April this year, the first day of the current financial year....Read More


India: Market Profile

25 Sept 2019

India will remain one of the fastest-growing major economies in the near term, supported by faster private consumption and investment growth as well as increased government spending spurred by the 201...Read More


Fast-Growing Trade Deficit Spurs India to Renegotiate ASEAN FTA

16 Sept 2019

ASEAN agrees to review of 10-year-old agreement in light of India's concerns over supposed unequal benefits....Read More


INDIA: Government Stimulus Package Seeks to Reboot Slowing Economy

11 Sept 2019

A government-backed stimulus package is to be introduced as part of moves to tackle the country’s economic slowdown. Among the measures to be adopted, five are seen as having particular significance...Read More


INDIA: Liberalised FDI Rules Introduced for Single Brand Retailers and Digital Media

10 Sept 2019

The government has announced a series of new regulations relating to foreign direct investment (FDI) in several key business sectors, including single brand retail, contract manufacturing and digital ...Read More


India’s New FDI E-commerce Regulations: The Implications for Hong Kong Businesses

2 Sept 2019

Last year, India modified its foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations relating to its burgeoning e-commerce sector, potentially changing the dynamics of the Indian e-commerce space. Businesses kee...Read More


INDIA: Fast-track M&A Approval Process Introduced for Non-Competing Businesses

28 Aug 2019

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has introduced an expedited process – the Green Channel – for the approval of certain Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As)....Read More


Mainland China and Hong Kong Continue to Account for Vast Majority of IPR Seizures

27 Aug 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released statistics regarding the volume and value of its seizures of intellectual property rights infringing articles during fiscal year 2018 (October 2017...Read More


Indian Textile Sector Goes Handicraft to Compete with Hi-Tech China

16 Aug 2019

China's technological domination of the textiles sector has led to its competitors in India and elsewhere embracing high fashion, traditional techniques and eco-friendly products, according to many at...Read More


INDIA: Consumer Protection Regime Revised and Extended

12 Aug 2019

In a bid to streamline the redressal of consumer grievances and the settlement of any disputes, a number of revisions to the country’s consumer protection regulations have been approved. Billed as the...Read More


INDIA: Budget Cuts Duty on Electric Vehicle Parts and Increases Levy on Precious Metals

22 July 2019

In a bid to promote the manufacture of electric vehicles in the country, the government has announced exemptions from the 10% Basics Customs Duty (BCD) for certain imported components, including e-dri...Read More


INDIA: Budget Approves 100% FDI for Insurance Intermediaries

19 July 2019

Overseas ownership of insurance intermediaries active in the country has now been given the go-ahead. This entitlement will extend to insurance agents and brokers, corporate agents, third-party admini...Read More


INDIA: Mandatory Social Security Contributions Cut for Employers and Employees

12 July 2019

The mandatory combined employer/employee social security contribution is to be cut to 4% of a worker’s salary (from its current level of 6.5%) as of 1 July this year....Read More


India Imposes Extra Import Duty on China Tyres as Auto Sales Falter

10 July 2019

Move looks to bolster domestic tyre manufacturing sector and comes in addition to existing 2017 import levy....Read More


Delivering High-End Hong Kong Workspace Solutions in the Emerging Markets

24 June 2019

The Hong Kong-headquartered serviced office business, The Executive Centre (TEC), has emerged as a leading flexible workspace provider in Asia since its founding in 1994. TEC’s Global Senior Developme...Read More

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