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Voting for Good

Having founded the Good Country Index on the principle that countries should compete less and collaborate more to respond to the challenges of our highly connected world, Simon Anholt launched the Global Vote this summer. For the first time in history, it empowers anybody in the world to vote in the elections of any country on earth. What is this new project trying to achieve; why do politicians now need a dual mandate; why does the culture of elections around the world need to change; and how is he going to enlist the support of at least one-tenth of humanity? Simon Anholt explains all in an exclusive interview with BRICS Business Magazine.

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Ignoring the Headwinds

With their innate benefits, such as low cost manufacturing and availability of talent, corporate champions from emerging markets, China and India ahead of all, have begun to expand rapidly. So does BRICS, which has already gained the weight of G7 and is now promoting a mutual economic agenda, said Onkar Kanwar in an exclusive interview with BRICS Business Magazine.

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A Step Higher

General Director of Russian Helicopters, JSC Alexander Mikheyev speaks to BRICS Business Magazine about completed contracts, joint projects, and the special relationship that has developed between India and Russia.

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Achieving Ubiquity

Viktor Kladov, director for international cooperation and regional policy at Rostec, talks about why the corporation joined the Make in India program even before Prime Minister Modi announced it; why Brazil is the only third-world country that managed to produce a world class aircraft; and how Beijing’s smog helped to put China on the path of reform.

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New Development Bank: Being the Agent of Growth for BRICS

In 2015, Kundapur Vaman Kamath, India’s veteran banker, was named by India the first chief of the $100 billion New Development Bank, established by five BRICS nations. Within a year of operations, the NDB shaped its operations around policies and goals, and announced the funding of five projects in the area of green energy and sustainable infrastructure. BRICS Business Magazine spoke to K. V. Kamath about its goals and achievements, short-term and long-term plans, and the role of the Bank in promoting knowledge exchange and investment flows between BRICS economies.

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Miracle of Returning

The explosive growth of India’s startups over the past five years looks like a miracle, but there are quite prosaic reasons for it. One of them is the much-discussed brain drain, which has been reversed thanks to the energetic measures taken by the Indian government and a lucky coincidence of circumstances.

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Growing Country

More than 15% annually – this has been the average growth of India’s stock market since the acronym BRIC came into existence in 2001. It seems that this is only the beginning. When EY conducted a survey of last year’s Davos participants on the most promising stock market in the coming years, more than 30% of respondents placed India first, and in 60% of cases, it was placed in the top three choices. The runner-up, China, has been identified as the best option by only 16% of participants. The following article discusses how one of the largest stock markets in the world works.

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The Common Value

Sociologists claim that modern Russia is dominated by individualists. Collectivists are few and far between – a lot fewer than in the Netherlands or in Poland, for example. However, the group focused on the growth value so characteristic of most developed European countries is virtually absent. So, how is it that collectivism, in a country with a vast tradition of the tradition, has suddenly found itself out of fashion?

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    Sometimes, if a discussion calls for it, I’ll show my companions a short video of Bollywood star and TV presenter Amitabh Bachchan. His baritone voice is recognizable to over a billion people, and so his words are chosen meticulously. His subject is the two Indias. One India is straining at the leash. The other India is the leash. One India asks to be given a chance to prove itself. The other India says that you must prove yourself first, and then you’ll have the chance. One India lives in the optimism of our hearts, while the other lurks in the skepticism of our minds. One India leads, while the other is only capable of following.

    Dramatic? Absolutely. In fact, Bachchan goes on to say that while the world isn’t looking, a new and dynamic India is being born, and more and more people are coming over to her side. The message is clear, and we should not shy away from excessive pathos. India is an astonishing country, which in just a few decades, has dragged itself out from a state of complete disarray to become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. What is required to continue this advance? Faith and optimism. Some may say this is a naive statement, but in my experience, it is your attitude and integrity that make or break complex and long-term projects.

    It’s unlikely that you can set goals, make plans, and implement them, over a period of 15 to 20 years if you are full of skepticism and pessimism. I am not a theoretician or a social psychologist, but a practical person, and I am absolutely convinced of the necessity of thinking positively. Otherwise, there is no point engaging in business, government work or charity. This is equally true for the new India, as it is for Russia, Brazil, and many other countries. Whether the video inspires you or not, it explains wonderfully the problems facing all developing and some developed economies – a deficit of optimism and a surplus of grumbling and complaints. And India, in the meantime, as Amitabh Bachchan reminds us, is changing from a country that once boycotted foreign-made goods into a country that now buys the companies that make these products.

    Authors & Experts

    Hernando de Soto
    Hernando de Soto

    President of the Institute of Liberty and Democracy; author of The Mystery of Capital

    Robert J. Shiller
    Robert J. Shiller

    Professor of Economics at Yale University; co-creator of the Case-Shiller Index of US house prices; 2013 Nobel Laureate in economics

    Moha Ennaji
    Moha Ennaji

    President of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Studies in Morocco; president of Cultural Studies at Fez University

    Kemal Dervis
    Kemal Dervis

    Former minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey; former administrator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); vice president at the Brookings Institution

    Zia Qureshi
    Zia Qureshi

    Former director of development economics at the World Bank; non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

    Olga Lemeshko
    Olga Lemeshko

    Research associate at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS), Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

    Ekaterina Molchanova
    Ekaterina Molchanova

    Project leader at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS), Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

    Viktor Kladov
    Viktor Kladov

    Director for international cooperation and regional policy at Rostec

    Alexander Mikheyev
    Alexander Mikheyev

    General director of JSC Russian Helicopters

    Achyuta Ghosch
    Achyuta Ghosch

    Head of research at NASSCOM

    Leonid Boguslavsky
    Leonid Boguslavsky

    Chairman of ru-Net’s Board of Directors; one the richest businessmen in Russia

    Semen Davydov
    Semen Davydov

    Managing partner at Sevimura Capital

    Onkar Kanwar
    Onkar Kanwar

    Chairman of Apollo Tyres Ltd.; chairman of BRICS Business Council (India Chapter)

    Simon Anholt
    Simon Anholt

    Independent policy advisor on strategies; author of the Nation Brands Index; winner of the 2009 Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking

    Jonathan Batty
    Jonathan Batty

    External relations leader of IBM Watson Internet of Things at IBM

    Adam Greenfield
    Adam Greenfield

    Founder and managing director of Urban Scale

    Anton Emelianov
    Anton Emelianov

    CEO of Unified Electronic Trading Platform (UETP)

    Branko Milanovic
    Branko Milanovic

    Visiting presidential professor at City University of New York Graduate Center; former lead economist in the World Bank’s research department

    Kundapur Vaman Kamath
    Kundapur Vaman Kamath

    Chief of the New Development Bank of BRICS countries

    Keith Townsend
    Keith Townsend

    Head of International Paper Russia

    Oleg Remyga
    Oleg Remyga

    Head of China Studies, SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies

    Andrei Bystritsky
    Andrei Bystritsky

    Chairman of the Development and Support Fund of Valdai

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