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Thoughtware

2013

Our research identifies, analyzes and explains the major issues driving today's business dynamics and shaping tomorrow's marketplace.

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  New Board Dynamics-Composition, roles, responsibilities of the board under the Companies Act, 2013: New Board Dynamics Composition, roles, responsibilities of the board under the Companies Act, 2013
     
  Taxation of shrink-wrapped software-India and international perspectives: In India, there is a lack of clarity on taxation of software payments owing to amendments in the Act and a plethora of judicial precedents. With cross border software payments increasing day by day, lack of clarity as regards its taxation leads to increasing number of disputes between the tax payers and revenue authorities. The recommendations discussed above, if implemented, would help reduce the litigation on the subject and would provide much needed certainty to taxpayers.
     
  Audit Committee and other Board Committees-Roles and responsibilities under the Companies Act, 2013:  The Audit Committee is one of the main pillars of the corporate governance system in public companies. Charged with the principal oversight of financial reporting and disclosure, the Audit Committee aims to enhance the confidence in the integrity of the company’s financial reports and announcements, the internal control processes and procedures and the risk management systems.
     
  Transfer Pricing-Specified Domestic Transactions: With the Finance Act, 2012 casting its net wider to include domestic transactions between related parties, within transfer pricing regulations, more organizations and transactions will be impacted. This flier provides a brief perspective on the extension of transfer pricing regulations to specified domestic transactions.
     
  Governance of Subsidiaries-A survey of global companies:A survey of Deloitte’s Lead Client Service Partners helped address some of the questions commonly asked about the governance and oversight of the subsidiary companies.
     
  Advance Pricing Agreement-Frequently Asked Questions: The concept of Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) has been introduced in India. The Central Board of Direct Taxes has recently notified advance pricing agreements scheme. Given the numerous transfer pricing cases in dispute, introduction of APAs is expected to considerably alleviate the uncertainty regarding arm’s length pricing ofinternational transactions.
     
  International Strategic Tax Review-Enhancing global tax and treasury strategies: The most effective strategies reflect not only a company’s tax and treasury objectives, but also its operational goals, development targets, and other core business drivers
     
  Service Tax in India-A Handbook: Service tax has assumed significance in recent years as one of the major contributors to the Government exchequer. The law has expanded its reach to cover most transactions of services and now pervades all sectors of the economy.
     
  India regulations for mobile employees-A preview:Global mobility is increasingly becoming a way of life. Deputations and secondments have become a natural extension of a globalized economy which demands that the right employee with the appropriate skill-set be at a particular location to fulfill organizational requirements.
     
  Global Employer Services-Calibrated with your vision:Deloitte’s Global Employer Services (GES) team, integral to our Tax practice, can help in developing a tax efficient compensation policy that optimally meets the objectives of both the employee and employer. Additionally our GES solutions can assist you in creating a global mobility program that is aligned to your business needs with proactive compliance management, established governance and control, and streamlined and integrated processes.
     
  Transfer Pricing in India-Searching for stability in uncertain times:Today multinationals are operating in an environment of unprecedented complexity.The thought paper deals with certain recent transfer pricing currents, some of which can be considered as significant steps towards creating a stable and non-adversarial tax regime, while others may still need to be evaluated to understand if the taxpayers are likely to encounter some additional burden.
     
  Companies Act, 2013: Fresh thinking for a new start: The 2013 Act has ushered in a new era of corporate democracy making a titanic shift from "government control" to "self governance". The 2013 Act has a number of measures for protection of minority holders like tighter norms on companies from raising public deposits, filing class action suit etc.
     
  Indian regulations for expatriates working in India: Ready for all your queries:
This update was created to provide a better understanding of the tax,immigration, social security and other allied laws which are relevant for the expatriate population.
     
 

Business Model Optimization: Focus on value: Business Model Optimization (BMO) is the methodology that is used to optimize a multinational company’s global or regional business model by aligning the relevant Assets, Functions and Risks and focusing on the key value chain. Deloitte India’s recent publication Business Model Optimization: Focus on value shares insights on this critical element that links a business’s operational strategy with its tax strategy

     
  Inclusive Indian Innovations Perspectives & Case StudiesInnovation Eco-system requires a conducive environment for collaboration among diverse set of people- researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, end beneficiary etc. such that a worthwhile idea regardless from where it emerges can be carried forward all the way up to the intended destination.Inclusive innovation should thus involve and benefit people at the bottom of the pyramid
     
  Status of Higher Education in South India 2013: A sound higher education sector plays an important role in economic growth and development of a nation. Higher education, in terms of its relevance and importance, enjoys a significant position in the education system as it equips people with appropriate knowledge and skills to be gainfully employed. India has one of the largest systems of higher education in the world offering facility of education and training in almost all aspects of human creativity and intellectual endeavour.
     
  Annual Status of Higher Education of States and UTs in India: There are several key issues with respect to the higher education system in India which need to be tackled if the target of achieving a GER of 30% in higher education is to be attained. Amongst the major factors responsible for the challenges facing higher education in India is the poor status of state higher education systems. In particular, they face issues relating to inadequate financing, ineffective planning at the state level and lack autonomy
     
  Financial markets in India have acquired greater depth and liquidity over the years.However, the global economic crisis has impacted India’s growth as well with economic growth moderating to 5.0% during 2012-13. Banks & financial institutions have a very important role to play in reversing this slowdown. On the other hand the Finance Minister announced the series of initiatives to further financial inclusion.
In addition, opening up of the banking ecosystem with issuance of new banking licenses, and large reputed corporate houses in India are expected to enter and revolutionize the Indian banking industry, providing the much needed boost for financial inclusion. Against this backdrop CII Northern Region organised its 3rd Finance & Investment Summit, with the theme ‘Financial Inclusion for Reviving Growth: Success Stories, Challenges & the Road Ahead’, which witnessed the launch of this thoughtpaper by Deloitte.
     
  Winning with quality. The top 10 things Indian businesses should know about quality: Quality management should be a facilitator across important stages of production and sales. It is important to realize that a quality program in itself does not determine the sustainability of the process; quality to a large extent depends on the manner in which the process is implemented, the motivation behind it, and wider employee inclusion in the entire process.
     
  Electronics industry is the largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry in the world. It is expected to reach USD 2.4 trillion by 2020 from the current level of USD 1.75 trillion. Learn more about the growth prospects with the recent publication The Indian Electronics Manufacturing Sector: Bundle of Opportunities
     
  The Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry in South India is poised to grow at a CAGR of 16% to reach INR 43,600 crore by FY 2017 against the current INR 23,900 crore in FY 2013, according to a Deloitte-FICCI report - ‘Media & Entertainment in South India - the Digital March’.This growth will be mainly driven by popularity of vernacular content among the region’s populace and the evolving ecosystem, including endeavors by media vehicles to expand their presence.
     
  Foreign Investment in India can be made through various routes like Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS), foreign venture capital investment etc. Under the PIS route, investment can be made by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), Sub-accounts of FIIs (where investments are made by the FII on behalf of its Sub-account), Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs) as well as Non Resident Indians (NRIs).The flyer, titled Investment in India by FIIs, sub-accounts and QFIs: Regulatory regime, covers regulatory regime for foreign investment in India by FIIs, Sub-accounts and QFIs.
     
  The Companies Act, 2013 (2013 Act) was assented by the President of India on 29 August 2013 and published in the Official Gazette on 30 August 2013.The 2013 Act will set the tone for a more modern legislation which enables growth and greater regulation of the corporate sector in India. Capture key highlights with Companies Act, 2013: Fresh thinking for a new start.
     
  Can mobile banking and payments scale the maturity curve to become the first inclusive banking and payment delivery channel for India? Not sure? Read more about this in the recently released Financial Services point of view.
     
  Deloitte and FICCI have recently released a white paper, called Corporate Resiliency: Managing the growing risk of fraud and corruption. It has been designed to examine various governance aspects in an attempt to create a suggested framework for businesses, government and civil society organisations to work together in creating a fair and transparent environment for overall development.
     
 

The new Companies Act will give this country a modern legislation, which will contribute to the growth and development of the corporate sector in India. According to the report, the Act provides for business-friendly corporate regulation/pro-business initiatives, e-governance initiatives, good corporate governance, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), enhanced disclosure norms and accountability of management, stricter enforcement, audit accountability, protection for minority shareholders, investor protection and activism and better framework for insolvency regulation and institutional structure. Capture detailed insights on these aspects with the “Companies Act - 2013 – New Rules of the Game” report, a Deloitte and ASSOCHAM publication.

     
  In the last two editions of our newsletter, Edu Sector Access - Perspective on education, skill and employment, we have presented the opinions of senior representatives from Government on various aspects of skill development and higher education. In this edition, we have tried to bring in the industry perspective by meeting Mr. T. V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services, which is one of the leading private sector companies in the Indian education sector.
Whilst the number of institutions imparting technical education has grown manifold since Independence, given the recent landmark judgment in this sector the challenges seem to have further compounded. In this backdrop, this edition presents an article authored by Deloitte experts providing an overview of this sector, the challenges, market attractiveness for private/foreign players and future reforms.
     
  The core findings of the State of the Low-Income Housing Market report are based on an extensive (1,000 man days over six months) study of the current Low-Income Housing (LIH) market. The effort spanned research in 22 cities, interviews of 27 active developers and 9 HFCs serving the low-income customer. These findings were supplemented with insights from two historical market studies and numerous customer research projects. A number of organizations and individuals associated with this sector have also contributed to this effort.
     
  Deloitte has been the Knowledge Partner for the AIMA initiated annual healthcare conference with a central theme around inclusive and sustainable healthcare management. The past conferences focused on ‘Inclusive Healthcare Management for Sustainable Development’ and ‘Innovative and Sustainable Healthcare Management: Strategies for Growth’. This year’s theme, while continuing to emphasize on sustainability, focused on the need for collaboration/ consolidation among the various stakeholders across the healthcare continuum - ‘Sustainable Strategies for a Healthy India: Imperatives for Consolidating the Healthcare Management Ecosystem’.
     
  The Oil and gas reality check report, 2013, explores the industry fundamentals of each trend – the supply, demand, macroeconomic, regulatory, cost, price, and competitive behavior factors – allowing us to draw insights and describe what may unfold over the short and the long-term.
     
  Human Capital Trends 2013 | Resetting Horizons: Looking beyond continued uncertainty, the world’s leading organizations are raising their sights, and pivoting from the great recession to the new horizons of 2020 with a focus on talent, globalization, growth, and innovation. This report introduces 13 global trends that are driving critical business and human capital decisions.
The report provides information on these trends across global markets through results of a survey of over 1,300 business and HR professionals from 59 countries.
     
  Edu Sector Access | Perspectives on education, skill and employment: This Edition of the Edu Sector Access, Deloitte’s quarterly newsletter features an interview with Mr. R.P. Sisodia (IAS), Joint Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD, to understand the Government’s perspective and get a peek into reformatory measures being conceptualised.
The newsletter also contains an article by Mr. P N Sudarshan – Senior Director, Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte India highlighting the reasons for increased interest of the private sector in this space. Furthermore, it also covers latest Tax and Regulatory updates from the sector.
     
  Defining the GIC CEO agenda for talent in 2013 | Beyond hypergrowth: What’s next for GIC talent in India?: Over the last two decades, the Indian IT-BPM industry has added nearly 8 per cent share in India’s GDP. India-based Global In-House Centres (GICs) of MNCs have been playing a very significant role in achieving growth. They have grown dramatically in terms of number of employees and scope of services. The “first act” for GICs was focused on establishing the centers and networks and the “second act” has been about driving adoption and growth
     
  Funding the Infrastructure Investment Gap: The fast growth of the economy in recent years has placed increasing stress on physical infrastructure such as electricity, railways, roads, ports, airports, irrigation, water supply and sanitation, all of which already suffer from substantial deficit in terms of capacities as well as efficiencies.
     
  Perspectives on Skill Development in Maharashtra | Matching aspirations to opportunities: This report aims to place the current skill development system in Maharashtra in the overall development and economic context of the state. The report outlines the key strategic options that can be considered to bolster the state’s response towards creating a skill development system that is responsive both to the aspirations of the youth and needs of industry.
     
  Sustainable Sources of Energy | India Energy Congress 2013: The Indian economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The current GDP of India is estimated at USD 1.847 trillion1 for 2011 and although growth is expected to slow down in 2012, medium to long term projections still attribute 8% to 9% per annum growth in GDP.
     
  Changing times. Changing roles | Retail HR gearing up to become a strategic partner: This POV provides a snapshot of key changing trends prevailing in the retail sector. It details the existing challenges being addressed by the HR fraternity and provides inputs and  shares some interesting philosophies that can be adopted by HR to be perceived as a  business partner in the fast growing retail sector.
     
  Urgent needs of NGOs in the Education Sector:  This report has been designed to investigate and highlight the urgent needs of NGOs in the education sector, provide a reference for Govt. and policy makers and provide actionable information to corporate houses and donors who are looking to support educational initiatives.
     
  TMT India Predictions 2013: Today, the TMT industry is one of the most dynamic industries in India. Advances in technology have resulted in disruptive changes in the way businesses function. From colossal changes caused by digital convergence to a rapidly changing mass media landscape, companies in the TMT sector confront a swiftly changing marketplace.
     
  India matters: By 2030 India is projected to be the world’s third largest middle consumer market, with an aggregated consumer spend of nearly US$ 13 trillion.
     
     
  From the Family to the Firm: This thought paper highlights how family-run
business houses are transforming from their traditional business style to adopt the latest management practices to sustain in this competitive business world amidst the Multi-national Companies.
     
  Indian Retail Market | Opening more doors: The Government has now notified 51% FDI in multi brand retail and in this paper the implication of the policy is more closely examined across retail segments, business stakeholders as well as foreign retailers.
     
  Edu Sector Access: The Edu Sector Access Newsletter has been designed to provide information on latest sector news and tax & regulatory updates.
     
  Media & Entertainment in East India - Bengal: The M&E industry in West Bengal is looking forward to a more buoyant future in terms of growth. Films are looking to increasingly tap the rich treasure trove of Bengali literature. More action in the television distribution space and in radio is anticipated, as both industries experience impacts from regulatory changes.
     
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