Last updated: Oct, 2020
About FDI in India
Apart from being a critical driver of economic growth, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been a major non-debt financial resource for the economic development of India. Foreign companies invest in India to take advantage of relatively lower wages, special investment privileges like tax exemptions, etc. For a country where foreign investment is being made, it also means achieving technical know-how and generating employment.
The Indian Government’s favourable policy regime and robust business environment has ensured that foreign capital keeps flowing into the country. The Government has taken many initiatives in recent years such as relaxing FDI norms across sectors such as defence, PSU oil refineries, telecom, power exchanges, and stock exchanges, among others.
According to Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), FDI equity inflow in India stood at US$ 469.99 billion during April 2000 and March 2020, indicating that Government's effort to improve ease of doing business and relaxing FDI norms has yield results.
FDI equity inflow in India stood at US$ 49.97 billion in 2019-20. Data for 2019-20 indicates that service sector attracted the highest FDI equity inflow of US$ 7.85 billion, followed by computer software and hardware at US$ 7.67 billion, telecommunications sector at US$ 4.44 billion, and trading at US$ 4.57 billion.
During 2019-20, India received the maximum FDI equity inflow from Singapore (US$ 14.67 billion), followed by Mauritius (US$ 8.24 billion), Netherlands (US$ 6.50 billion), USA (US$ 4.22 billion) and Japan (US$ 3.22 billion).
Some of the significant FDI announcements made recently are as follows:
In August 2020, the Indian government amended Foreign Direct Investment Policy, 2017 on commercial coal mining policy making it approved only under the Government route. In 2019, the Central Government, amended FDI Policy 2017, to permit 100% FDI under automatic route in coal mining activities.
In May 2020, Government increased FDI in defence manufacturing under the automatic route from 49% to 74%.
In April 2020, Government amended existing consolidated FDI policy for restricting opportunistic takeovers or acquisition of Indian companies from neighboring nations.
In March 2020, Government permitted non-resident Indians (NRIs) to acquire up to 100% stake in Air India.
India is going to be the most attractive emerging market for global partners (GP) investment for the coming 12 months as per a recent market attractiveness survey conducted by Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA).
Annual FDI inflow in the country is expected to rise to US$ 75 billion over the next five years as per the report by UBS.
The Government of India is aiming to achieve US$ 100 billion worth of FDI inflow in the next two years.
Note: Conversion rate used for September 2020 is Rs 1 = US$ 0.01370
References: Media Reports, Press Releases, Press Information Bureau, Press Trust of India, RBI, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)
Last Updated: August 24, 2020