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gE Module: Doing Business in India open_in_new

This module provides a basic understanding and analysis of the basics of doing business in India. It includes information on Indian culture and its business environment, business etiquette and practices, business negotiations, and the current investment climate in India. Additionally, the module offers a case study on entrepreneurship and new ventures in India.

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Executive Briefing: Brazil, Russia, India, and China form the so-called BRIC countries. This article summarizes the basics of the BRIC countries, including the impact on the BRIC’s by the world economy, organizing by the BRIC countries, economic and population changes in the BRIC countries, key strengths and weaknesses of the BRIC countries, and key issues for countries and firms to consider when doing business with the BRIC countries. Opens in PDF.

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Executive Briefing: India presents a huge untapped business opportunity for American executives, but many myths hinder the success of Western companies in India. Five common fallacies ranging from outsourcing, to finance, to marketing, are discussed in this article. Opens in PDF.

India: Agency and Distribution Agreements - a Lexwork International Exclusive picture_as_pdf

This document describes several specific laws that govern freedom of contract in India, along with topics including exceptions, absent or ambiguous terms, oral contracts, competition law issues, tax considerations, and further contracting details. Resource links are also provided to assist the reader, and the resource is available in PDF. Prepared by: Link Legal India Law Services.

Government Resources

Main Government Page
Statistics Office
Central Banks
Commerce Ministry
Investment Promotion Agency

News Sites

India Briefing is a monthly magazine and daily news service about doing business in India. It covers topics relating to the Indian economy, the market in India, foreign direct investment, and Indian law and tax. All published materials are available for purchase on the site. However, the regional profile is provided for free.

Business Standard provides news and information on markets, companies, economy, politics, finance, and commodities in India and across South Asia. A free registration is required to access some content on the website.

A leading Indian business publication, Businessworld covers recent news related to the economy, business, finance, and technology. Coverage includes news articles, analyses, and case studies.

The Economic Times is a financial media outlet from India that offers access to corporate news, politics, economy, stock market news, stock quotes, and editorial opinions. Readers can search the news by industry. The site also houses six magazines published by the newspaper. 

The Financial Express is an Indian daily newspaper that provides news about the corporate world. Topics covered on the site include investment, economy, stocks, banking, industries, infrastructure, and technology.

Regulatory Agency Sites

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization in India sets standards and regulatory measures for medications. The organization provides guidance on health issues and medicines. They also regulate the standards of imported drugs and clinical research in India. Various regulatory documents and forms are available to download for free in PDF from the website.

The main functions of India's Department of Commerce are regulation, development, and promotion of India’s international trade and commerce through the creation of appropriate international trade and commercial policy. This site specifically contains information on those policies, as well as current news, statistics, and contact information.

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is responsible for formulating and implementing the policies and plans related to the food processing industry. The site provides information for investors and stakeholders, current research projects, and related government agencies, as well as statistics about food-processing in India. 

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) is responsible for maintaining and improving the healthcare system and population control measures of India. An overview of the ministry links to its various departments and programs and reports are listed on the website along with information regarding medical education and counseling.

The Ministry of Textiles of India is responsible for policy formulation, planning, development, export promotion, and trade regulation concerning the apparel and textiles industry. The ministry's site provides information regarding the specific sectors in the apparel and textiles industry, related statistics, and recent news. Additionally, the site includes information about the ministry, its responsibilities, and regulations.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the securities sector of the financial services industry within India. The site contains a list of regulations, publications, statistics, and news.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is responsible for both the telecom and broadcasting sectors in India. The TRAI issues licenses to operators and creates regulations for them to comply with. The site provides regulations, directions, recommendations, and consultations for consumers and companies in regards to telecommunication.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research. Aside from information about research and a directory of council directors, publications regarding medical research and scientific forms are available and may be downloaded from the website in PDF.

Other Resources

Business in Asia covers business, economic, and cultural topics for Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The site also offers statistical data for each country.

The Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project, a collaborative effort led by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, ranks multinational enterprises in emerging markets according to the level of foreign assets held. The project also works to strengthen international investment by providing educational services, policy analysis, as well as tools and resources through extensive research. Reports are listed by country and can be downloaded in PDF.

The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) regulates the industrial sector by promoting investment and technology flows. In addition, the DIPP monitors the growth and performance of industries. The site includes information on policies and schemes, acts and rules, international co-operations, and information for investors. Publications regarding annual reports and statistics are also available in PDF. 

Doing Business in India is a report that serves as a guide providing an overview of India's commercial climate. The report also explores India's foreign trade investments and entry options for global businesses in India. Knowledge regarding India's key economic sectors, investment climate, and regulations is also provided. This report opens in PDF. is an online B2B marketplace that allows users to search for products by industry and company. Also available on the site are numerous buy offers that allow users to promote their own products. Registration with the site is free and allows users to post their own trade leads.  

This module provides a basic understanding and analysis of the basics of doing business in India. It includes information on Indian culture and its business environment, business etiquette and practices, business negotiations, and the current investment climate in India. Additionally, the module offers a case study on entrepreneurship and new ventures in India.

The India China and America (ICA) Institute is a non-profit organization providing industry-focused research, education, and strategy recommendations on the market impact of China, India, and the United States. This site provides a multitude of knowledge-based services, including research opportunities, working papers, and other publications covering issues affecting the economies of China, India, and the U.S.

India Together aims to inform users of development and policy issues in India. Included on the website is helpful information and resources on an array of topics all focused on achieving prosperity in India. Topic areas available on the website include agriculture, economy, environment, media, and government. Also included on the website is an interactive section allowing users to ask questions and engage in discussions, as well as editorials and interviews.

Infobanc is a B2B e-commerce portal that provides bulletins with buy/sell offers from Indian manufacturers, exporters, importers, and international traders. Free registration is required to view some contact information of the traders.

Tradeindia is India's largest business-to-business site that offers information on trade shows, export-import opportunity listings, a bulletin board, and importer and exporter company directories.

IndiaMART is an online marketplace for small and medium-sized businesses wishing to connect global buyers with suppliers. This site primarily contains products posted by sellers and buyers originating in India, but there are multiple companies from other countries posting offers as well. Users can see the latest postings for products and buy leads on the homepage, as well as search for listings by industry category.