Safeguard Duty on Solar to cause 30% Decline in Demand

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As one of the fastest growing economies, India decisively opted for solar development, understanding its potential to lift the country out of financial, social, and industrial darkness. The announcement of targeting 100 GW solar energy by 2022 evidently created an environment of urgency and brought forth a plethora of opportunities for industrial development. As a result, our country quickly became the second most attractive renewable energy market in the world. However, Government of India’s decision to impose Safeguard Duty on solar imports stands to undo the growth India accomplished through enhancing domestic solar manufacturing capacities. Many in the industry argue that the new policy is completely opposite of what our Solar mission and Make in India initially stood for.

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Solar Anti-Dumping: The Question We Must Answer for Industry Favored Resolution

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Office of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping (DGAD) presiding over the hearing of anti-dumping petition on 12th of December, can be considered another step in favor of domestic manufacturers towards demand creation within domestic industry. Domestic manufacturers have had a long history (nearly 5 years) of conflict against imported modules and cells.

While India kept practically doubling its solar capacity in recent years (from 5 GW in 2015- to ~16.6 GW in 2017), domestic solar manufacturers saw lack in demand creation. The industry being focused on importing solar modules, created an issue of capacity utilization of domestic manufacturers. In such a scenario, re-visiting the recent Anti-dumping issue in the solar industry can bring the results India desperately needs to become solar reliant.

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Simple Adjustments to Make Your Workday Productive! Everyday

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As an entrepreneur, when you are trying to create your business from scratch, and have found something excessively simple yet unseen to the world, it is your sacred responsibility to yourself and the world to make your everyday productive. It is how you can help your fragile and precious business dream to grow, spread, and find the form that will change the world in a certain manner.

While on such a noble pursuit, an entrepreneur must make certain changes to his/her daily actions, to maintain focus on the goal, side-lining distractions.

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Ease of doing business: Identifying business reformations and scale of manufacturing

Recently released The World Bank’s survey report on ‘Doing business 2018’ has portrayed India in a brighter hue, positioning the country 32 places up on Global Competitiveness Index. Although, that puts India in the 100th position, it clearly endorses the economic reformation within the country and eagerness to become a knowledge based, technology driven economy.

The initiatives that have helped India scale these heights can be traced back to 2014, when Government of India under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launched economic policies, focusing on ‘reform, perform, transform’. Statistics showing total 67% increase in FDI inflow into India in the last 3 years and around $9.64 billion FDI inflow in August 2017 alone 1 testify the success of the growth plan that Government of India supported. Making India more suitable to establish and enhance businesses has huge implications on the socio-economic growth of the country.

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Fear of Failure Can Do More Damage Than Failure Itself!

1Stepping out of your comfort zone and starting something new has a way of triggering a psychological fear of failure. It is common for everyone, regardless of his or her achievements and experiences in life.

Entrepreneurs are more susceptible to this feeling as they bear the weight of creating something from scratch. The competition, the perfectionism, and the habit of constantly measuring ourselves to others makes the fear of failure as real as a limb. Taking actions becomes a daunting task while entrepreneurs keep running scenarios after scenarios in their head calculating risks and questioning everything. It is potentially a labyrinth, but fortunately there is a way out. Continue reading