According to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the total FDI investments India received during April 2016-March 2017 rose 8 per cent year-on-year to US$ 60.08 billion, indicating that government's effort to improve ease of doing business and relaxation in FDI norms is yielding results.
Data for April 2016-March 2017 indicates that the services sector attracted the highest FDI equity inflow of US$ 8.69 billion, followed by telecommunications – US$ 5.56 billion, and computer software and hardware – US$ 3.65 billion. Most recently, the total FDI equity inflows for the month of March 2017 touched US$ 2.45 billion.
During April 2016-March 2017, India received the maximum FDI equity inflows from Mauritius (US$ 15.73 billion), followed by Singapore (US$ 8.71 billion), Japan (US$ 4.71 billion), Netherlands (US$ 3.37 billion), and USA (US$ 2.38 billion).
Indian impact investments may grow 25 per cent annually to US$ 40 billion from US$ 4 billion by 2025, as per Mr Anil Sinha, Global Impact Investing Network's (GIIN’s) advisor for South Asia.
India has become the fastest growing investment region for foreign investors in 2016, led by an increase in investments in real estate and infrastructure sectors from Canada, according to a report by KPMG.
Some of the recent significant FDI announcements are as follows Toronto-based Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) made investments worth Rs 9,120 crore (US$ 1.41 billion) in India during FY 2016-17, taking their total investment in India to Rs 22,560 crore (US$ 3.50 billion). SoftBank is planning to invest its new US$ 100 billion technology fund in market leaders in each market segment in India as it is seeks to begin its third round of investments.
UAE-based firm, DP World, having previously invested US$ 1 billion in India, is planning to invest another US$ 1 billion in India's infrastructure sector along with logistics and container terminals.
Xander Group Inc. and APG Asset Management NV have purchased an Information Technology (IT) Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in South Chennai from Shriram Properties and Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd and SUN-AREA Property Partners for a consideration of approximately US$ 350 million.
The infrastructure sector in India witnessed 33 deals in FY 2016-17 involving US$ 3.49 billion as against US$ 2.98 billion raised across 31 deals in FY 2015-16, with the majority of deals led by the power, roads and renewable sectors, as per investment bank Equirus Capital.
Developers from China and Japan will invest US$ 3-4 billion in India’s real estate sector over the next three years owing to positive regulatory reforms taken by the Government of India such as implementation of the Real Estate Investment Regulatory Act, as per Mr Christian Ulbrich, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), JLL Inc.
Walmart, global retail giant, plans to open 50 new cash-and-carry stores in India over the next three to four years and locate half of the stores in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand while creating over 40,000 jobs in the two states. Global e-commerce giant, Amazon is planning to enter the Indian food retailing sector by investing US$ 515 million in the next five years, as per Mr Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries, Government of India. The Government's Make in India campaign has attracted investment across sectors from various Chinese companies, as is evident from cumulative Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows of Rs 9,933.87 crore (US$ 1.54 billion) between 2014 and December 2016.
The capital inflows to India from Canadian institutional investors was estimated to reach over US$ 6.5 billion in March 2016, making Canada the fifth largest foreign direct investment (FDI) partner of the country, with major investments in infrastructure projects by Brookfield, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Ontario Teachers and Fairfax, among other institutions.
Coca-Cola, the US-based beverage giant, plans to invest around Rs 750 crore (US$ 116.20 million) to set up a food processing unit and a bottling plant at the newly developed Mohasa-Babai industrial estate in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.
Cairn India Limited, India's largest onshore crude producer, plans to invest around Rs 30,000 crore (US$ 4.65 billion) in the next three years, to increase output by as much as 100,000 barrels a day of oil and gas from its Rajasthan fields.
Ford Motor Co. plans to invest Rs 1,300 crore (US$ 195 million) to build a global technology and business centre in Chennai, which will be designed as a hub for product development, mobility solutions and business services for India and other markets.
China based LCD and touchscreen panel manufacturer, Holitech Technology, plans to invest up to US$ 1 billion in India by 2017, as per the company’s CEO Mr Bingshuang Chen.
Mr Abdul Lahir Hassan, Chairman of UAE-based Gamma Group, outlined plans of investing around Rs 3,000 crore (US$ 436.5 million) in the infrastructure, health and education sectors of Kerala, which is expected to generate around 2,000 indirect and direct jobs in the state.
Mr Stephane Descarpentries, Director of operations FM Logistic Asia, outlined plans of investing around EUR 50 million (US$ 52.9 million) in India in the next four years, to contribute to a better efficiency of logistics market in the country.
The first Incredible India Tourism Investment Summit 2016, which was organised from September 21-23, 2016, witnessed signing of 86 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) worth around Rs 15,000 crore (US$ 2.18 billion), for the development of tourism and hospitality projects.
Apple Inc has started its first development centre outside the US in Hyderabad, which will employ over 4,000 people and focus on Apple Maps, the company’s digital maps and navigation service.
The Union Cabinet has approved raising of bonds worth Rs 2,360 crore (US$ 365.63 million) by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), which will be used in various renewable energy projects in FY 2017-18. The Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr Kenji Hiramatsu, has conveyed Government of Japan's inclination to invest and offer any other feasible support for various ongoing as well as upcoming development and infrastructure projects in the North-Eastern region of India. The Government of India is likely to allow 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in cash and ATM management companies, since they are not required to comply with the Private Securities Agencies Regulations Act (PSARA).
The Government of India plans to scrap the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), which would enable the foreign investment proposals requiring government approval to be cleared by the ministries concerned, and thereby improve the ease of doing business in the country.
The Government of India has approved 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in other financial services carried out by non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), which is expected to attract more foreign capital into the country.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to offer a risk cover to foreign investors who are willing to invest in government owned operational national highways, which would cover risk associated with the possibility of structural design fault, sub-standard quality of construction, and loss of traffic.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in asset reconstruction companies (ARC) under automatic route, which will help to tackle the issue of declining asset quality of banks.
The Government of India has amended the FDI policy regarding Construction Development Sector. The amended policy includes easing of area restriction norms, reduction of minimum capitalisation and easy exit from project. Further, in order to provide boost to low cost affordable housing, it has indicated that conditions of area restriction and minimum capitalisation will not apply to cases committing 30 per cent of the project cost towards affordable housing.
The Government of Karnataka has approved three investment proposals worth Rs 2,211 crore (US$ 321.7 million), which includes that of PepsiCo and Biocon for setting up their new production facilities in the state, and one expansion project proposal of Manyata Promoters Private Limited.
The government has also raised FDI cap in insurance from 26 per cent to 49 per cent through a notification issued by the DIPP. The limit is composite in nature as it includes foreign investment in the form of foreign portfolio investment, foreign institutional investment, qualified foreign investment, foreign venture capital investment, and non-resident investment.
India’s cabinet cleared a proposal which allows 100 per cent FDI in railway infrastructure, excluding operations. Though the initiative does not allow foreign firms to operate trains, it allows them to invest in areas such as creating the network and supplying trains for bullet trains etc.
The World Bank has stated that private investments in India is expected to grow by 8.8 per cent in FY 2018-19 to overtake private consumption growth of 7.4 per cent, and thereby drive the growth in India's gross domestic product (GDP) in FY 2018-19.
According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2016, India acquired 10th slot in the top 10 countries attracting highest FDI inflows globally in 2015. The report also mentioned that among the investment promotion agencies, India has moved up by one rank to become the sixth most preferred investment destination.
India will require around US$ 1 trillion in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012–17), to fund infrastructure growth covering sectors such as highways, ports and airways. This would require support from FDI flows. India’s growth rate, along with competitive location in terms of wages and policies like Stand Up India, is expected to boost FDI in the coming future.
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