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Experts discuss FDI investments in India, what more needs to be done

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January 14, 2020 / 04:51 PM IST

In a bid to make India an attractive investment destination, the Indian government had taken a slew of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) measures. The Centre cleared FDIs in contract manufacturing, single brand retail, insurance and digital media, hoping to increase the FDI inflow in the country.

Needless to say, the steps will improve the current growth situation in the country and usher in relief. But, as per experts there was room for more such announcements.

In a bid to discuss the reforms and outline a vision on what more needs to be done, PwC in association with CNBC-TV18 held a discussion on FDI Reforms & Tax Incentives, during which experts Ramesh Abhishek, former Secretary, Department of Industry Policy & Promotion; Jayant Dasgupta, former DTO Ambassador; and Akash Gupt, Partner & Leader- Regulatory Services, PwC India spoke at length about FDI, corporate tax and job creation.

Speaking about the favourable corporate climate and how much does India stand to gain, Abhishek said the FDI move will put things in perspective.

“Many of these FDI changes that have been done in last few month, they were in the works for some time and last of the FDI reforms done by the government in the last few years have been done on feedback. I think the government has been responding to many of these (suggestions), and all these put together actually create a conducive environment climate,” said Abhishek.

Coupled with reduction in the corporate tax, the FDI changes can be a potent weapon to improve the inflows. Talking about the changes, Dasgupta welcomed the move, saying the country had to be at par with other nations such as Vietnam to truly unlock growth opportunities.

“There are many things which need to be done in the domestic arena and those are the things which we need to focus on now, including labour reforms, allotment of land, less of inspection and more of self-compliance then electricity rates and logistics and clearances at customs,” said Dasgupta.

Meanwhile, the experts discussed about the need for FDI in the electronics sector, providing electronics packages like Vietnam does, fast policy changes, making India a hub of electronics exports, incentives for domestic production in electronics and more. Besides, they also touched upon champion sectors that needed to be addressed.

“Despite India having advantages to attract investment in terms of demographics, cost, right location, we need to harness the right set of incentives and guidelines as investors are still looking at India and sitting on fence actually to invest or not. We should also focus more on the component segment, if we really want the OEMs to bring in and any kind of help in components will definitely bring down the whole price in the cost segment and backward integretion of the entire supply chain,” said Gupt.

During the deliberations, the industry heads spoke about stable regulatory, tax environment, and how to communicate the same to attract interest.

Watch the video to watch the full discussion.

first published: Jan 14, 2020 01:00 pm
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