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FDI inflows expected to improve: Sharma

January 25, 2013 14:16 IST

Indian flagIndia is expecting a healthy flow of foreign direct investment during the current year on the back of renewed interest of overseas investors.

"I admit that last year was a difficult year.

"It was because of perception, which was based on some misgivings and those that were based on some discourse that took place. . .But now I can see a turning taking place, I see a renewed interest, I see a hope that 2013 will be a better year," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said in Davos on Friday.

Sharma is in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum meeting. During January-November 2012, India has received FDI worth $21.68 billion, a decline of 33 per cent over the same period of previous year. To increase FDI inflows, the government has recently liberalised the foreign direct investment policy.

The government liberalised FDI policy in sectors, including multi-brand retail, single-brand retail, commodity exchanges, power exchanges, broadcasting, non-banking

financial institutions and asset reconstruction companies.

"If our economy keeps the growth momentum, the capital will find its right way and right place to where the opportunities exist. India is the country which beckons the world today," Sharma said.

The Indian economy registered a gross domestic product growth of 5.3 per cent for the quarter ended September last year.

The economy grew by 5.5 per cent in the June quarter and 6.7 per cent in the quarter ended September 30.

Meanwhile, Pharma major MSD International GmBH President (Emerging Markets) Kevin Ali, who was also present at the meeting, said: "We have a facility in India and it is a key country for our future growth".

Asked if he was convinced about the growth potential of India, he said: "Yes, I am".

Barun Jha in Davos
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