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Modi asks India Inc to keep investment flow going

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged India Inc to use the current opportunity offered by global turmoil as an advantage and keep its investment flow going. He said that this situation must not be seen as gaining from someone’s pain.

 

“The prime minister said that somebody’s pain shouldn’t be our gain. Instead, we should make our own efforts domestically to take up the opportunities from the current global situation,” Confederation of Indian Industry president Sumit Mazumdar cited him as saying at a meeting here with union ministers, corporate heads and economists to discuss the global markets’ turmoil sparked off by the Chinese economic slowdown and attendant opportunities for India.

 

Our economic foundations are strong, that is why we have not been affected by recent Chinese events. However, the prime minister told us that in this situation we should, as an industry, also show some risk-taking ability,” he told media persons after the meeting.

 

The meeting, that lasted over three hours, discussed the global situation that impacted India economically like a possible hike in the US Federal Reserve rate, the world powers’ nuclear deal with Iran contributing partly to cheaper oil and the way the Chinese slowdown opens up opportunities.

 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley remarked that India was transiently impacted by recent events in China. He further added that the global situation instead presented an opportunity for the country as it is a net importer of commodities and oil is in free fall.

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“India is one of the lesser impacted economies (by the China devaluation), partly because our own fundamentals are reasonably strong,” Jaitley said while briefing reporters.

 

“The main thrust of the meeting was that since India is relatively touched little except for a transient impact on the markets, it should therefore strengthen its domestic economy so that the larger benefits of the global economy may come India’s way,” he said.

 

“Being a net importer of commodities globally, the low oil prices are an opportunity for us,” the finance minister added.

 

Global crude oil in free fall touched the $40-a-barrel mark in trading late in August, having already dropped under $50 for the second time this year from the level of over $100 last year.

 

“The general consensus was that the growth of emerging economies is all slowing down, except that we (India) are growing at seven percent. So how can we take advantage of this opportunity (of slowdown elsewhere),” said Mazumdar after the meeting.

 

“The prime minister said this is an opportunity for us to take advantage of and invest. Cost of capital is too high but I don’t know how many people can go ahead to take risk and invest… many of us raised the issue of interest rate,” said Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) president Jyotsna Suri.

 

“The Chinese slowdown means that for India, which has a lot of untapped potential in infrastructure, the costs of creating it are going to come down with lower input costs like steel and cement,” said Subramanian.

 

With inputs from IANS

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India Still Projected To Be The Fastest Growing Economy Among G-20 Nations

India is still projected to be the fastest growing economy in FY20 among the G-20 nations, says Finanace Minister

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FM Nirmala Sitharaman stated that India is still projected to be the fasteat growing economy. Wikimedia Commons

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said in the Lok Sabha that growth has decelerated, but there is no slump and India is still projected to be the fastest growing economy in FY20 among the G-20 nations.

She said the government has been taking several measures to address moderate levels of fixed investment rate in the economy, plateauing of private consumption rate and a modest export performance, with a view to increasing the GDP growth.

In a written reply, Sitharaman said India’s economic growth decelerated but its economy is still the fastest growing among G-20 nations and that the goal of $5 trillion economy will be achieved by 2025.

In a written reply to a question from N.K. Premachandran, MP from Kerala, that despite some recent deceleration in growth, India’s economy was still projected by the World Economic Outlook to grow at the fastest rate among G-20 countries in 2019-20.

“During the last five years, the government has implemented major reforms to build the investment climate in the country for becoming a $5 trillion-dollar economy,” the minister said.

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) of October 2019 projects a significant slowdown in world output and trade in 2019. Yet India, despite some recent deceleration of GDP growth, is still projected by WEO to grow at the fastest rate in 2019-20 among G-20 countries, she said.

On a question whether the government has analysed the impact of implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on economic slowdown, Sitharaman said the GST reform stands out as the most important measure for improving ease of doing business in the country.

“Further, in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 Report, India’s ranking improved by 14 positions to 63 in 2019 from 77 in 2018 after GST was implemented in 2017,” Sitharaman said.

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Despite the deceleration in economy due to declining GDP , India is still projected by WEO to grow at the fastest rate in 2019-20 among G-20 countries. Pixabay

On the impact of implementation of foreign trade agreements and economic slowdown, she said the government publishes an economic survey of the country on an annual basis analysing various aspects of the economy, including trade agreements and state of the economy. “The government has also been engaging with various stakeholders to understand their concerns and taking appropriate measures for the economy,” she said.

Sitharaman said while taking reform measures, the administration has kept inflation low, fiscal spending disciplined and current account deficit manageable to ensure macroeconomic stability for a healthy investment climate in the country.

India’s economic growth slowed down to 5% in the Q1 and is expected to have declined further in the second quarter for which official data is expected later this month.

In her statement Sitharaman further said the 15% corporate tax rate for new domestic manufacturing companies announced in September was “amongst the lowest in the world”.

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For other domestic companies not availing of any tax breaks, the rate was cut from 30% to 22%.

She also pointed out the recent move to reduce corporate tax rate from 30 percent to 22 per cent complemented by a cut in the repo rate by 135 basis points during 2019 by the Reserve Bank of India and mandating of banks to link their lending rates with external benchmarks for reducing the cost of capital for investors. (IANS)