Category Archives: Economy

Growth and inflation in Asia

IMA Asia‘s notes always provide a useful perspective, given that Asia is likely to be the region that will lead the world out of recession. What they’re saying now is that “2010 is set to be a bumpy, complex and … Continue reading

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Bt Brinjal and the Great GMO Debate

India’s considering legalizing genetically modified brinjal – the vegetable otherwise known as eggplant or aubergine. (Or baingan or kathirikai.) It’s a popular vegetable in Indian cuisine. In October 2009, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) recommended approval for transgenic eggplants … Continue reading

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Naan Dog at Narita

Yesterday, at Narita airport in Japan, I encountered an interesting new product: The Naan Dog. I was intrigued. It spoke of innovation, globalization, and adaptive palates all at the same time. The Naan Dog product was clearly fusion, though I … Continue reading

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Versace and Video-games

Two news items caught my attention recently. Versace, which opened a store in Mumbai in 2006, is looking to expand in India. It opened a second store in Delhi, reportedly one of their largest outlets worldwide. And it’s trying for … Continue reading

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India's Prosperity

The UK based Legatum Institute conducts an annual prosperity survey of 104 countries, India and China among them. It measures prosperity not just as wealth, but includes factors such as health, safety, democracy, and social capital – the confidence in … Continue reading

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China and India: The Megamarkets

Neither China nor India are easy to enter or operate in. Yet, global rebalancing may force companies to plunge in anyway, ready or not. It’s a tough decision. I’ve been working on an IMA Asia paper on these two hot-spots … Continue reading

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Global Recovery, Global Rebalancing

IMA Asia‘s revising its forecasts for economic growth. Its main scenario (with a 60% probability) is for a weak Asia-led recovery starting now, and edging up over the next three years. The more pessimistic forecast, (20% probability) is for a … Continue reading

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