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India receives highest FDI in 29 months

IBEF:  March 18, 2015

New Delhi: The foreign direct investment (FDI) to India doubled to US$ 4.48 billion in January 2015, the highest inflow in last 29 months, from US$ 2.18 billion in January 2014.

The foreign inflows have grown to touch US$ 25.52 billion during the April-January 2014-15, up 36 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y), from US$ 18.74 billion in the corresponding period last fiscal, according to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) data. The top 10 sectors receiving FDI include telecommunication which received the maximum FDI worth US$ 2.83 billion in the 10 month period, followed by services (US$ 2.64 billion), automobiles (US$ 2.04 billion), computer software and hardware (US$ 1.30 billion) and pharmaceuticals sector (US$ 1.25 billion).

India received the maximum FDI from Mauritius at US$ 7.66 billion, followed by Singapore (US$ 5.26 billion), the Netherlands (US$ 3.13 billion), Japan (US$ 1.61 billion) and the US (US$ 1.58 billion) during April-January 2014-15 period. Healthy inflow of foreign investments into the country helped India’s balance of payments (BoP) situation and stabilised the value of rupee.

India is estimated to require around US$ 1 trillion over 5 years to overhaul its infrastructure sector, including ports, airports and highways to boost growth. The Government of India is taking steps to boost FDI and has recently relaxed FDI norms in sectors including insurance, railways and medical devices.

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.