‘In­dia not a de­vel­op­ing coun­try any more’

The Ger­man lo­gis­tics and ship­ping firm Dachser SE has re­cently picked up the re­main­ing 50 per cent stake in Dachser In­dia from its JV part­ner AFL Group, to take full con­trol of its In­dian arm. Fired with op­ti­mism, Dachser's top lead­er­ship takes an aggress

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In Mum­bai for the com­pany’s AGM, Dachser’s top man­age­ment took the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss its strat­egy and plans for this year. Dacher’s CEO, Bern­hard Si­mon, was also vis­it­ing In­dia and was en­gaged in CSR ac­tiv­i­ties un­der its foun­da­tion ‘terre des homes’. In a free-wheel­ing in­ter­view, Thomas Reuter, COO (Air & Sea Lo­gis­tics), Dachser; Edoardo Podesta, MD (Air & Sea Lo­gis­tics) for Asia Pa­cific, Dachser and Huned Gandhi, MD (In­dia), Dachser talk about the chal­lenges and growth pos­si­bil­i­ties in In­dia.

Gandhi: We have been com­pletely in­te­grated into the Dachser net­work, which now makes it easy for Dachser to op­er­ate in In­dia. It also opens up huge op­por­tu­ni­ties gov­ern­ment,but fact re­mains that we have to be here. We had found the right part­ners in AFL. They de­cided they wanted to dis­in­vest com­pletely and we were very happy to takeover. chang­ing here and be­com­ing eas­ier. Our busi­ness is be­com­ing more process-driven, which in In­dia's ser­vice in­dus­try is still dif­fi­cult to do. Still, we are do­ing busi­ness here tion can move faster. This will also re­duce the lay time that our ship­ment spends on the road. It makes log­i­cal sense to re­move all these pro­ce­dural bot­tle­necks for the in­dus­try to grow. I hope the dead­line of 2016 is hon­oured, as it will com­pletely rev­o­lu­tionise the in­dus­try.

Podesta: It is not easy to draw com­par­i­son be­tween China and In­dia. I went to China for the first time in 1992 , about 23 years ago, and there was very lit­tle hap­pen­ing in terms of in­fra­struc­ture. I hon­estly be­lieve that one of the rea­sons China has eco­nom­i­cally de­vel­oped very fast is be­cause its gov­ern­ment had put pri­or­ity on in­fra­struc­ture. My busi­ness is in­trin­si­cally linked to in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. I do be­lieve the In­dian gov­ern­ment has re­alised that there is a need to take up in­fras­truc­tural re­forms and hope­fully, they will hap­pen soon.

If the In­dian gov­ern­ment has the right strat­egy and the will to ex­e­cute it prop­erly, I do not see why In­dia could not, in due time, un­dergo the in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment that China did.

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