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Asia Update

May 2016

Asia-related activities of Bertelsmann Stiftung and insights into important developments in the region.


Invitation public lecture

"Can India innovate its way to the top?"

Berlin, May 25, 6pm: India with 4300 start-ups is home to the third largest number of technology start-ups globally, ahead of China and Israel and is growing at more than 30% annually. On the other side, India faces multiple challenges in terms of an unwieldy bureaucracy, creaky infrastructure and reform deadlock. Whether India will be able to overcome the challenges to become a dynamic and innovative economy which can be an engine of growth for the world economy is the question which our speaker, Abhay Pandey, Managing Director of the Venture Capital Firm “Sequioa Capital” in India, will address. The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Berlin Senate hereby invite you to join us at the Bertelsmann Representative Office, Unter den Linden 1, in Berlin on May 25th at 6pm. Please register here


Conference on May 4, 2016

India and Germany: A promising partnership?

India and Germany have had a strategic partnership for more than ten years. On the one hand, Germany is an important partner for India, especially for its ambitious economic reform agenda and the expansion of the Indian industry.  On the other hand, German representatives from politics and business regard India as a highly dynamic and growing future market with a population of 1.2 billion people. However, despite regularly held government consultations and efforts to foster economic cooperation, the partnership between India and Germany is still far below its potential. Bertelsmann Stiftung organized a high-level roundtable conference on May 4, 2016, and provided a platform for high-ranking representatives from business, politics and academia to discuss the opportunities and challenges of German-Indian cooperation in three main fields: Innovation, Skills and Investment. Read about the event here


Black Coffee Morning and Workshop

Nationalism in India and Europe

On April 25, 2016, Bertelsmann Stiftung, together with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) organized a Black Coffee Morning and a workshop for Indian journalists. During the Black Coffee Morning, journalists from India and Germany, as well as think tank researchers, debated the recent rise of nationalism in India and Europe. Where do recent nationalistic forces come from? What drives them? And what role can media play? During the workshop, which took place in the afternoon, journalists from India, together with German India watchers, developed plausible scenarios for India in 2025. Read the event report here


Bertelsmann Transformation Insights Blog

And the winner is … Taiwan

Ranking at the top of the BTI Status Index, Taiwan’s transformation from an authoritarian developing country to a thriving democracy and market economy deserves special attention. Bertelsmann Stiftung project manager Robert Schwarz explores the recipes for the island state’s political and economic success. Read the blog post here



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