China & East Asia 01 Aug 2016 by Tojo Jose

Uber exits China after making ceasefire with Didi

Uber exits China after making ceasefire with Didi

In a surprising development, global taxi ride app leader Uber had announced to merge its Chinese businesses with its opponent and local grown rival Didi Chuxing. The new move will make both firm consolidate their businesses with cross holding of shares rather than making war on each other. As part of the deal Didi will acquire all of Uber China’s operations and investors in Uber China will get a 20 per cent stake in Didi. Uber exits China with a 5.89 per cent stake in its rival— but would have “economic interests” equivalent to 17.7 per cent in Didi. Both companies were in intense price and non-price wars during the last few years. incentives to clients a

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US and Europe 19 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

SoftBank makes fresh ‘internet of the things’ investment as it buys ARM Holdings

SoftBank makes fresh ‘internet of the things’ investment as it buys ARM Holdings

World’s futuristic investor – Japan’s SoftBank announced $32 bn deal to purchase the UK chip designer ARM Holdings. SoftBank which searches for next big company in the digital world is known for its seed capital in the Chinese behemoth Alibaba. ARM is at present most sophisticated chip maker for mobile phones and is supplying processors to major mobile phone manufacturers – Apple, Samsung Huawei etc. SoftBank’s investment in the Cambridge based chipmaker comes when the CEO, Masayoshi Son looking for the emergence of new titans in the digital technology world or in the area of the famed ‘internet of the things’.  This is the first inv

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Emerging Markets 14 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

BRICS’s NDB to issue yuan denominated green bonds

BRICS’s NDB to issue yuan denominated green bonds

New comer in international institutional finance- the New Development Bank supported by BRICS bank targets to issue green bonds worth $3 bn to finance infrastructure projects. The bank is equally sponsored by five BRICS countries and is headquartered in Shanghai. Green bonds are issued to mobilize funds for financing environment friendly projects. The bonds will be issued from July and is for five years. projects including clean energy, and infrastructure are expected to be supported from funds mobilized through the bonds. Interestingly, the bonds will be yuan denominated which implies domestic fund raising or implicit internationalization of the Chinese currency. Large sized C

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IMF and WTO 09 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

US demands compensation from Indiafor Poultry import restrictions

US demands compensation from Indiafor Poultry import restrictions

Trade battle between the US -world’s largest economy and India world’s fastest growing economy is on an uptrend and WTO battles have increased in recent years. the latest incident is the US’s follow up compensation demand out of its poultry trade dispute victory at WTO’s DSB(Dispute Settlement Body). In the latest development, the US has requested WTO to initiate compensation from India for the poultry trade restrictions against US imports. Earlier, the US had won a case against India’s import restrictions against US imports including poultry, egg and live pigs at WTO’s DSB. The DSB in June 2015, ruled that Indian ban on import of poultry meat,

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IMF and WTO 04 Jul 2016 by Tojo Jose

India demands special and differential treatment for small fishermen at WTO

India demands special and differential treatment for small fishermen at WTO

India has demanded special and differential treatment for the country’s small fishermen at World Trade Organization. According to a report in the Business line (July 4, 2016), New Delhi has insisted the concession at a recent Geneva meeting. The meeting was organized to design rules for a global agreement to check overfishing. India has also demanded capacity-building assistance to developing countries for its implementation. Special and differential treatment under WTO gives special concessions to developing countries for giving subsidies and retaining permissible level of restrictions. Backwardness and subsistence agricultural practices are the main ground for providing s

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US and Europe 24 Jun 2016 by Tojo Jose

Financial markets on knife edge as trends indicate early lead for Brexit

Financial markets on knife edge as trends indicate early lead for Brexit

The referendum on Britain’s continuation in the EU has produced a close call with early lead indicating Brexit despite forecasts for a marginal win for ‘remain’. Pound has plunged against other major currencies with the news of initial lead for Brexit. Overall, forecasts are that remain vote will consolidate towards the end. Economist have indicated turbulence in financial markets if ‘leave’ wins. Both for Britain and for UK, the leave verdict will cause negative economic outcomes. Already, central bankers and financial sector regulators have deployed stabilizing mechanism so that market remain cushioned in the context of a Brexit vote. In India, th

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US and Europe 24 Jun 2016 by Tojo Jose

Britain has to restructure its economy after the Brexit

Britain has to restructure its economy after the Brexit

The Pound Sterling tumbled like a third world currency, financial markets shattered and a government fell on a vote that will restructure economic relations in Europe. Scotland and Northern Ireland interestingly voted to remain in the EU. The fact that Britain dragged the two out of the EU may give more political instability to the Brexit decision. Brexit is more than sentimental in terms of its outcome. Britain has to modify its economic management seriously in this old age. Some of the aging economic problems may be settled through exit, but not most of them. Its ability to raise productivity as seen in the industrial revolution era is difficult to bring back; especially at a ti

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China & East Asia 21 Jun 2016 by Tojo Jose

Nikesh Arora quits Softbank amidst disagreement with founder Masa

Nikesh Arora quits Softbank amidst disagreement with founder Masa

Softbank’s promised CEO and Indian origin executive Nikesh Arora resigned from the Japanese tech company. His resignation came after the Japanese business world's difficulty in adapting a non-Japanese head and later disagreement with the founder Masayoshi Son. Arora was one of the highly paid executives in the world but was in serious trouble due to lack of support from shareholders of the company. The Japanese shareholders were generally unhappy about the big salary package to an executive from outside their cultural territory. The lack of synergy transformed into accusations against the India born executive for conflict of interest, financial misdeal high paid salary et

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US and Europe 29 Apr 2016 by Tojo Jose

US softens on Pharma, targets Make in India in its IPR trade policy report

US softens on Pharma, targets Make in India in its IPR trade policy report

US Trade Representatives’ annual Special 301 report has kept India on the priority watch list. But a visible shift in the US stance is that it goes less vocal on pharma patent issues and criticizes the Make in India programme. The Report is a US perspective on other countries’ IPR policies given their potential impact on US interests. Altogether eleven countries are included under the priority watch list including India, China and Russia. Pakistan is upgraded from the Priority Watch List to the Watch List. The report this time seems to be more a political interpretation of IPR issues, as it intervenes with domestic policies of other countries and interpret them as hin

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Emerging Markets 26 Apr 2016 by Tojo Jose

Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince makes an ‘oil free’ economy plan

Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince makes an ‘oil free’ economy plan

Saudi Arabia has unveiled a revolutionary plan to make the oil kingdom free from oil dependence in just four years. The most orthodox country in the Middle East has brought out the new plan called Saudi Vision 2030 which needs tremendous adjustment from the present pattern.  The plan is the work of Mohammed bin Salman, 30-year-old son of King Salman. The deputy crown prince who has taken control of economic and oil strategy of the Kingdom. The crown prince has launched the plan for transition by accepting that Saudi Arabia is ‘addicted to oil.’ Revealing the urgency and perhaps making the targets unrealistic, he declared that the wish is to live without oil by 202

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