Free Trade Agreement FAQ

Negotiations are underway in regard to the UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and are expected to reach their conclusion by the end of this year. A potential deadline for the FTA discussions to come is Diwali, which takes place on 24th October 2022. In 2021, the UK and India entered …

FCRA Rules For Non Profit – The Latest Updates

The FCRA, also known as the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules of 2011 has been amended. This amendment, also known as the ‘New Rules’,  came into effect starting the 1st of July 2022. The government has made use of the powers that have been conferred to it under Section 48 of …

New Places, New Faces, and A Lot Learned!

By Susmita Sen When borders were closed and restrictions were well in place to stop a rampant virus in its tracks, the world was forced to sit still and take time to think. With clear minds and an outlook that changed for many of us, we embark on new journeys …

What is a market entry strategy?

Expanding into new markets can be difficult to navigate without appropriate research and planning. This is especially true when entering international markets, which can have different laws, procedures and cultural expectations. However, if you want to grow your business and boost your revenue, it is something you will have to …

Localisation and NGOs: Different interpretations, different outcomes

NGOs perform important work wherever their mission takes them. International NGOs, in particular, have the resources and reach to influence and improve lives across the globe. However, acceptance of such help and cooperation in all improvement efforts depends on the reception at specific sites. This article aims at understanding localisation …

Top Tips for Your International Expansion Strategy

Going global is an enormous opportunity for any organisation and is a well-travelled road for many companies who have navigated it successfully. For plenty of others though, the journey has been filled with pitfalls, potholes, stalled endeavours and plenty of high-profile crashes. International expansion requires a solid strategy for structured …

5 Reasons to Grow in Indonesia

Indonesia is already known around the world as the largest archipelago. There are more than 300 ethnic groups, breathtaking scenery and an abundance of natural resources. However, there is much more to Indonesia than just being a popular tourist destination. Situated close to large economies, like China, India, Singapore and …

News Alert – Apex Court confirms the FCRA Amendment of 2020

On Friday 8th April 2022 the Supreme Court declared the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020, legal. The Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act imposes new regulations for non-profit organisations acting independently of any government (INGOs). It is now mandatory for INGOs to receive all foreign funds into SBI accounts. Challenges …

The Benefits Of Using The Aadhar Scheme

Your Aadhar is your 12-digit unique identification number, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. This number is provided to Indian residents provided they meet certain conditions for identification, as has been laid out by the authority. Individuals, provided they are residents of the country, regardless of their age …

How to benefit from nonprofit aid localisation as an INGO

International aid supports emergency relief, public health, climate change and other outcomes in order to bring a level of parity across international borders. Localising aid is the next step in the process, ensuring that local communities have more agency and make the most of funding from international sources. For a …

Seamless Is Now a Proud Member of British Expertise International

Seamless’ announces membership with British Expertise International. Seamless, part of Sannam S4 Group, is a strategic partner for businesses ready to explore, enter, and expand globally. Their team of experts helps clients from start to end. Be it from localisation to globalisation, Seamless helps corporate and nonprofit organisations build growth …

The top seven challenges of doing business in Malaysia… and how to overcome them.

South East Asian gem, Malaysia, is fast becoming one of the standout business capitals of the world. With typical growth rates of over 4%, Malaysia outperforms many high-income countries with only 1-2% economic growth rates. Malaysia is a financially competitive industrialising location, offering fantastic economic growth, modern infrastructure, technological innovativeness …

Barriers and perceptions that can limit locally-led humanitarian action

The advantages of local engagement in creating viable – and measurably effective – humanitarian projects are unquestionable. However, when International Non-Government Organisations need to make substantial inroads, it has become apparent that real change comes from the tangible involvement of local agencies and relevant individuals. Roles and Responsibilities The main …

Salaries 2022: The India Story

The past year has been another tough one for most businesses in India, with the pandemic hitting the country hard. The second and third waves of Covid-19 continued to disrupt businesses, economies, and livelihoods, and most of us have had to juggle work, family, and personal time every day throughout …

The Spring Statement at a glance: changes you should know

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a mini-budget during his Spring Statement delivery. The changes to the budget come at a time of multiple crises – rising fuel costs and the ramifications of Brexit and Covid as well as the Ukraine situation – with many calling on the government …

When India’s FCRA ‘golden ticket’ becomes harder to clinch

While recent developments regarding Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration in India further complicate processes and prospects for nonprofits in India, they should come as no surprise. For years, the regulatory environment has been less accommodating towards even the world’s most prominent charities and environmental groups. Efforts by Oxfam India, …

A Market Overview of Vietnam

Country Indexing and Entity Structure Economic Overview Vietnam has been ranked 8th amongst the 29 best economies to invest in, as per World Bank Strong economic growth is being led by the services sector and industrial activities contributing 75% to the GDP The percentage of trained workers was 77.5% in …

Economic Overview of Indonesia Market

Indonesia’s economic freedom rank is 11 out of 43 countries in the APAC region. Its overall score is above regional and global averages Indonesia is the 2nd largest tin exporter and one of the world’s leading thermal coal exporters Around 50% of the Indonesian population is below the age of …