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US Chamber of Commerce sheds members

The US-India Business Council is the latest high-profile departure from the embattled US Chamber of Commerce, reports Natasha Turak.

Indian businesses struggle with new tax

India’s new Goods and Services Tax has the potential to boost economic growth, but is a headache for retailers. Sophie Drouliscos reports.

Amazon gets green light for food stores in India

Giant e-tailer Amazon has received permission in India for some food-only stores. The $515m deal is likely to spark similar action by local online grocery companies, as N Chandra Mohan reports.

Cairn case raises worries about India’s retrospective tax policies

Contrary to earlier pledges, the Indian government appears to be pursuing retrospective taxation, which could spook foreign investors. N Chandra Mohan reports.

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Essel Group director aims to make Mumbai's citizens streetsmart

Essel Group president of cities and strategy Guy Perry is hoping to reproduce lessons from a successful Warsaw development in Mumbai, to create ‘smart’ neighbourhoods and change people’s attitudes in the process.

View from Asia: all hands on deck to keep Asian economy from sinking

While Asia is doing well in the short term, the IMF predicts storms on the horizon. But disaster can be averted if everyone involved in the economic chain pulls together, says Lawrence Yeo.

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Work visas versus protectionism: the winners and losers

As global business takes stock of Brexit and headline-grabbing US policy decisions, working visas are ripe for reform. Some countries are already benefiting, as Erika Morphy reports.

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Will new BIT model dent India's FDI attractiveness?

India has discontinued most of its existing bilateral investment treaties and wants to pursue a new model offering less protection to foreign investors and reasserting the supremacy of Indian courts over international arbitration courts. Jacopo Dettoni and Timothy Conley look at the impact this might have on the country's FDI appeal.  

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Yokohama sets the sustainable standard across Asia

The Japanese city of Yokohama experienced a population boom after the Second World War that meant it had to take an innovative and collaborative approach to sustainable urban development. It is now exporting this know-how to the rest of Asia, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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Japan's Tohoku region uses FDI to rebuild and reboot

Disaster-hit areas in Japan’s Tohoku region are slowly recovering as basic infrastructure is being restored. The focus is now shifting on a combination of start-ups, tourism and innovative sectors such as robotics to reengineer local economies, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.