India~ The next China?

It seems that India is very much on everyone’s minds these days while China has lost some of its lustre. Sure the solid growth is and will be for quite some time, a feature of China, but now India has taken over popular consciousness. It’s the next big thing, the nextChina people exclaim with a […]


It seems that India is very much on everyone’s minds these days while China has lost some of its lustre. Sure the solid growth is and will be for quite some time, a feature of China, but now India has taken over popular consciousness. It’s the next big thing, the nextChina people exclaim with a glint in their eye.

But is it? Although delegates at the Air Cargo India event in Mumbai last month were far more restrained in their criticism of the hurdles facing the development of the air cargo industry in India than they were at the same event two years ago, it was clear the issues were still very much on everyone’s minds.

Virtually all delegates agreed the will to get things on track is certainly there and concrete steps have been made in numerous areas. This includes pumping money in for infrastructure development and some steps towards removing some of the bureaucratic shackles.

But one particularly persistent and highly pertinent criticism that government planners would do well to heed, is that infrastructure planning has nearly always underestimated the actual growth going forward. New facilities get built based on current levels of growth, or at most short-term growth forecasts, instead of ensuring long-term growth will be met.