Archive for the 'Public Affairs' Category
In the next few months, India will undertake what is perhaps the largest democratic exercise in the world – its next general election.
Every election has a profound economic and social impact. Elections 2014 will be no different for India. On its result will depend the bold economic reforms and ambitious development programmes India needs. Read More>>
The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee reveal a government more confident in pushing forward a comprehensive development model covering economic, social, and political reforms. Major steps forward for China. MSLGROUP China’s public affairs teams in Beijing and Shanghai have summarized the key messages from the meeting and the extent to which public concerns have been addressed in the attached executive briefing.
Shanghai, November 8, 2013 – MSLGROUP, the strategic communications and engagement consultancy of Publicis Groupe, and the largest brand and reputation advisory network in Europe, Greater China, India and Asia overall, today announced a series of strategic new hires in Asia. Read More>>
China to enter new wave of reforms at upcoming Third Plenary Session of the 18th Congress. This weekend, the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee will review a wide range of proposals that will have critical implications for China’s development in the next decade. MSLGROUP China’s public affairs teams put together a preview that highlights the key areas for reform and what will define this year’s agenda. They will be monitoring the sessions closely and provide a more detailed analysis of the outcomes at the meeting’s closure.
The new Free Trade Zone (FTZ) which was officially opened on September 29 has been hailed by commentators as a “milestone” and a “harbinger of new market reforms” in China. The FTZ is still a work in progress, and although it is not yet clear what the specific policies for companies may be, it does indeed seem to have strong support from both central and local authorities. For these reasons, and given the possible business opportunities as well as the overall ramifications for the Chinese business environment, we feel that Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in China should pay close attention. MSLGROUP Public Affairs colleagues meet regularly with senior officials in both Shanghai and Beijing. We have decided to include the FTZ in our ongoing discussion topics with officials, as well as distributing a specific update to our clients on a regular basis to provide our insider’s perspective on the latest developments of the FTZ.
India’s economy is charting rough waters, with virtually every sector facing growth concerns. The ubiquitous red tape and often confusing policies have made matters worse.
The mining sector is among the worst hit, with seemingly-unending bad news impacting it deeply. Despite large reserves of iron ore and coal, India’s imports of these precious raw materials have been increasing. Recently, ArcelorMittal scrapped its plan to set up a steel plant in Odisha, the largest foreign direct investment project for India, citing among others an inability to get iron ore linkages.
India’s mining sector, it is evident, faces serious challenges.
The cover story of MSLGROUP in India’s Public Affairs Round-up, or PAR, explores what lies in store for mining as India enters a crucial election year.
The other important debate in business circles centres around the new Companies’ Act that mandates corporate social responsibility (CSR) on companies of a certain size. Amrita Choudhary, deputy head of content at MSLGROUP in India, argues that the law will alter India Inc’s social approach and prove to be a big opportunity for CSR consultancies.
Hope you find this edition of PAR useful.
The Holmes Report described MSLGROUP as having formidable corporate communications and public affairs capabilities
Shanghai, October 16th, 2013: MSLGROUP, Publicis Groupe’s strategic communications and engagement consultancy, was named the ‘Best Corporate Consultancy in the World 2013′ by The Holmes Report, one of the most authoritative commentators in the communications industry. The recognition is a testimony to the consultancy’s strengths in helping its clients establish, protect and expand their business through strategic reputation management and corporate advisory practices.
Paul Holmes, editor of The Holmes Report, said of the award, “MSLGROUP has quietly pulled together one of the most formidable corporate capabilities in the world…providing an impressive range of financial communications and corporate and public affairs counsel.” This highly prestigious acknowledgment comes within weeks after The Holmes Report appointed MSLGROUP as ‘Asia-Pacific Consultancy of the Year.’
Glenn Osaki, Asia President, MSLGROUP, said: “In Asia, more and more of our clients are turning to MSLGROUP for higher value communications advisory. This has given us the opportunities to provide counsel beyond communicating a business strategy but for the shaping of it. To ensure that we stay close to our clients’ business, we have focused on strengthening our Strategic Communications Advisory in Asia, including investing to ensure that we have the strongest talent in public affairs and government relations in China, India and Singapore, as well as establishing our regional Financial Communications practice in Hong Kong in 2012.”
Highlights from MSLGROUP in Asia include multiple high-level and cross-market advisory work across the region for clients including P&G, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Business Software Alliance, and Invest in France Agency. MSLGROUP is playing a large role to provide integrated communications for leading companies in India, including Dell and United Technologies (UTC). The China team regularly advises C-suite executives on all issues related to communications with significant impact on business strategy, including its 15+ year client, IKEA. Since 1997, Genedigi Group in China has been providing strategic public affairs and corporate communications counsel to a large number of Fortune 500 companies and Chinese firms.
On the global scale, examples of MSLGROUP’s world-class advisory includes its strategic corporate counsel for UTC across its diversified aerospace and building systems industries, which has helped UTC to become one of the most admired companies in the world; a 15-market thought leadership and public affairs campaign for the World Gold Council; Kekst’s work on the American Airlines bankruptcy and subsequent merger with US Airways; reputation and issues management for Google in Germany and Italy; and CNC’s work on the Vodafone/KDG takeover and Lufthansa’s sale of BMI to British Airways. Read More>>
The Indian rupee’s recent roller-coaster ride has impacted virtually every section of society. It has hit the country’s finances, eroded investor confidence, pushed down stock indices, pumped up fuel prices and, in turn, those of essentials.
The rupee’s slide is symptomatic of the concerns about the India story. Months of policy paralysis, political churn and social standoffs have taken their toll. It is in this backdrop that senior journalist Subhomoy Bhattacharjee analyses the prospects of the rupee in the cover story of the August edition of PAR, MSLGROUP India’s public affairs newsletter.
Another senior journalist, Kandula Subramaniam, puts into perspective the power crisis the country is up against and the dilemma state electricity companies are facing.
What’s more in this issue? An analysis of India’s bold food security law as well as an update of important policy announcements and reviews.
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This is an inflection point for India. As its makes its way through the second decade of the 21st century, it is dealing with an economic downturn that has hit the brakes on growth, eroded investor confidence and taken inflation to worrying levels. Next year, India will vote in a general election in which corruption, right-wing fundamentalism, internal security, and law and order will be major issues.
What does this mean for businesses seeking to negotiate the economic, business and regulatory environment? What can foreign businesses and potential investors in India expect over the next few months? What is the implication of the changing landscape on the economy? Read More>>
Since 1991, when India kickstarted reforms, its parameters for judging progress have been narrow. Growth rate, investment, expenditure and deficits are the terms frequently used in discussions on ‘development’.
But an economy is more than just that. It has as its constituents issues that are serious, but ignored.
For instance, did you know that sports are vital to the economy? Normally, the discussion centres on sport icons or the number of medals won. But, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals view sports as an economic engine. Sports create employment opportunities and the demand for sports goods and services contributes to the economy. An inclusive national sports programme could provide opportunities and social upliftment for marginalised sections, such as women and the physically challenged. Read More>>