The Government of India has taken significant initiatives to strengthen the economic credentials of the country, to make it one of the strongest economies in the world. India is fast becoming home to start-up companies focused on high growth areas such as mobility, e-commerce and other vertical specific solutions, thereby creating new markets and driving innovation. Indian companies are gaining a stronger foothold and expanding their international presence by investing overseas for acquiring regional and global reach.
The country continues to urbanise at a strong pace driven by a combination of uptrending consumption, robust job creation and growing financial penetration, according to Morgan Stanley's proprietary AlphaWise City Vibrancy Index.
India received net investments of US$ 22.2 billion from FIIs during 2017-18 and FDI equity inflows of US$ 35.941 billion between April-December 2017. Services and Telecommunication sectors of India have been receiving a huge chunk of the foreign investments. The value of M&A activity in India reached US$ 37.67 billion between January-April 2018. In 2017, 614 M&A deals worth US$ 77.6 billion took place in India. Various other investment options available in India include Bank Fixed Deposits (FD), Securities, Mutual Funds, National Saving Certificate (NSC), Gold, Information Technology (IT), Pharmaceuticals, etc. Indian primary markets also recorded the highest Initial Public Offer (IPO) activity globally in the first half of 2018 with 90 IPOs worth US$ 3.9 billion.
Last Updated: July 12, 2018