Frame work for Investments by RBI: In a bid to bring more investments into India’s debt and equity markets, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a framework for investments which will enable foreign portfolio investors to take part in open offers, buyback of securities and disinvestment of shares by the Central and State governments.
Opening up Insurance sector: FIIs and non-resident Indians (NRIs) will now be able to invest in the insurance sector, within the 26 per cent cap on FDI. DIPP confirmed in a press note that the norms would also apply to insurance brokers, third-party administrators (TPAs), loss assessors and surveyors. The investments can be made through the automatic route.
Promotion of SMEs: The Government of India along with the industry has been working towards fashioning a more dynamic environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups over the last few years. Indian SMEs employ about 40 per cent of the country’s workforce and contribute 45 per cent to the overall manufacturing output. A positive policy framework allied with the growth of angel funds and a vibrant entrepreneurial culture is contributing to the growth of first generation entrepreneurs in the country.
Infrastructure: The Cabinet Committee on Investments (CCI) under UPA government had approved the speedy execution of 36 infrastructure projects entailing investments of Rs 1,830 billion (US$ 29.28 billion) to boost investor confidence.
With the objective of taking bilateral trade relations to the next level of a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, India is readying itself to sign the free trade agreement (FTA) on services and investment with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The target for the two-way trade partnership is US $100 billion by 2015, for which an integrated transport network is necessary. Thus, the emphasis is on a massive road connectivity plan to tie the region together to enhance economic objectives.
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