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February 27, 2006

A Market For Business And Policy Research On South Asia?

Filed under: Basic Questions,Business,Miscellaneous — Naveen @ 9:32 am

This is a thought from the top of my head based on my experience in India and discussions with a few business managers here in the US.

Firms would like to have a continuous stream of information about public policies and businesses in South Asia from a market perspective. Right now they can only have that based on a one-shot research assignment to a consultancy. There are other companies but they do it in bits and pieces. It seems there is space at the top for more firms because of the demand for more reliable and quality information designed for specific sectors. More importantly, information that helps decision-making in the light of different opportunities available!

On the same note, I must add that I am very disinclined to believe government data. Primarily, because of my own bad experiences with it in the course of my research with government agencies in India. When even companies like “The Firm” base their evaluation on government data, it only means that there is room for a company to offer more intensive and thoroughly researched data! Any thoughts?

1 Comment »

  1. I suggest London-based Business Monitor International for market analysis, sector reports and political risk.

    Comment by B Richards — February 27, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

  2. Naveen

    Can you give us a couple of such examples — from the US/ elsewhere?

    Comment by Prashant Kothari — February 28, 2006 @ 6:35 am

  3. What about CMIE?

    Comment by Markus — March 1, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

  4. try crisil (standard and poors has major stake). its a professional outfit and presently does core research on largely on India (largest region) and should easily be able to extend services to other parts of S Asia.

    Comment by P Bajaj — March 17, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

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