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Government considering raising FDI cap in single-brand retail

Last updated on: October 11, 2011 15:50 IST

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Government is "seriously" considering raising the 51 per cent cap in foreign direct investment (FDI) in single-brand retail business, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said.

"We are seriously considering raising the bar further- that means to allow increased FDI," he said at a CII event on Indian luxury market.

At present, the government allows 51 per cent FDI in single-brand retail businesses run by global chains like Adidas, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci. However, he did not elaborate on how much percentage it needs to be raised.

Further, he promised that the government would create an enabling environment for investors.

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Image: Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.
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"You bring in FDI or partnership, surely it will be a game-changer." Sharma said he would ask the Finance Ministry to lower tariff barriers as well.

"It's the domain of the Finance Ministry. I will be meeting some (officials) of them today and we will see what we can do."

On India-EU free trade agreement, Sharma said the chief negotiators are engaged. "This has taken us long. I have spoken to EU Trade Commissioner. We must bring it down to a closure...Once the FTA is signed, it will open a pathway for greater cooperation among the nations."

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India is in talks with the EU, its biggest trading partner, since June 2007 for liberalising trade in goods, services and investment through a Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA).

Already 13 rounds of talks have taken place. Dismissing Crisil's lower GDP forecast of 7.6 per cent for 2011-12, he said: "India will definitely have 8 per cent growth because of its consumption patterns and higher saving rates."

Crisil has scaled down the growth projections for India in view of the deteriorating global economic scenario and "grim investment climate in India on account of the policy environment".


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