January 3, 2018

Small and Medium Enterprises – a Yardstick for Ease of Doing Business

India had much reason to celebrate when the World Bank Group released the Doing Business (DB) 2018 report in October 2017. The report commends India for implementing reforms in a number of areas. In fact, India is the only heavyweight […]
November 28, 2017

India’s leap in Ease of Doing Business rankings obscures the full picture

The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) ranking for 2018 offers some respite to India. It comes at a time when its economy is mired in the after-effects of demonetisation and hasty implementation of the Goods and Services Tax […]
October 25, 2017

Improving Business Climate: Why It Has Become Economic As Well As Political Necessity For Kerala

Two congruent yet distinctive studies on Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) reveal that despite its high ranks in social development indices, Kerala lags far behind other states in providing the right kind of ecosystem to do business. What does this […]
June 28, 2017

Tapping the Untapped Potential: More Opportunities for Women

The Model Shops and Establishment Act is a bold step taken by the Central Government purported to bring about a boost in employment generation. The Act falls under the category of concurrent list of the Constitution of India, wherein the […]
June 26, 2017

Cold Storages as Shops –A Game Changer?

The Model Shops and Establishments(S & E) Act enacted by the Centre is touted to be a game changer in the retail sector. By allowing shops to be open 24/7 with flexibility in working hours, the move is presumed to […]
November 24, 2016

Is Communist Kerala apathetic to Ease of Doing Business?

By Madhu S* “Economic progress cannot be achieved without industrial progress.” The saying of the great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru was quoted by the Finance Minister (FM) of Kerala, Dr Thomas Issac, during this year’s budget speech. He may […]
November 3, 2016

Making Sense of Ease of Doing Business Rankings

By Madhu Sivaraman* The latest of World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Rankings has given a rude shock to the Government of India. It has belied the Centre’s year long efforts to improve things on the ground especially since […]
September 8, 2016

Developing Commercial Dispute Resolution in India

Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) as part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has received renewed interest in India after Singapore International Arbitration Centre entered the Indian space through the Gujarat International Finance Tech-city (GIFT), Gujarat. India is yet to take […]
July 18, 2016

The 24/7 Rule and the safety question

By Madhu S* The Centre has placed the reform ball in states court pushing for a liberalised regime through the model Shops and Establishment Act to allow shops to open 24/7. PM Modi has already given a strong reasoning with […]
March 31, 2016

Green Rules Need to be Simplified: Kerala Industries Principal Secretary

Green Rules Need to be Simplified: Kerala Industries Principal Secretary By Express News Service Published: 13th March 2016 04:36 AM Last Updated: 13th March 2016 04:36 AM KOCHI:  The rules pertaining to environmental clearance for facilitating industrial projects have been […]
March 31, 2016

Human Resources reform for India’s Industry and Business

By Seppi Sebastian*, Assoc CIPD With the world’s fourth largest economy and with the strongest potential to be the third largest over the next decades, India is poised to take a leadership role in international business. In fact, with an […]
March 23, 2016

Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: A Way Forward

  Date: 22/03/2016, Tuesday Venue: BTH,Kochi   “I feel private universities must be allowed in Kerala,” says TP Sreenivasan, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Higher Education Council. He was speaking at a panel discussion session titled Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: A […]
March 19, 2016

Seminar on Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: Way Forward

Centre for Public Policy Research and Centre for Economy, Development and Law will be conducting a Seminar on Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: Way Forward. This event is organised as a part of the Centre’s initiative known as […]
March 19, 2016

Breaking Business Barriers: South India Conclave day 2

Date: March 12 Organizers: Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR); British High Commission (BHC); and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) Venue: Radisson Blu, Kochi Kochi: “Kerala’s LSG’s are the most powerful in the country,” claimed PH Kurian, Principal […]
March 15, 2016

Ease of Doing Business in Education sector in India

Pooja Sundaresh[1] Ever since the World Bank came out with it’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Index, several low ranked countries were left red faced. The index positioned countries based on several parameters such as  the ease in setting up a […]