India most preferred destination for FDI

India most preferred destination for FDI

Study says Mumbai & Delhi have potential to produce firms like Microsoft, Google

Though investor enthusiasm for India declined in 2010, causing the value of FDI to fall by 31.5 per cent, still India’s perceived specialisation as a low-cost business process outsourcing hub continues to appeal to the investors across the globe, Ernst & Young’s ninth Annual European Attractiveness survey said. 

The survey conducted on 812 business decision-makers across the globe, India is the fifth most attractive country for expanding business. In the next three years, the most attractive country for expanding business would be West Europe with 31 percent affirmations followed by China with 31 percent support.

Profitable economy

“India ranked at fifth position with 17 percent of respondents believing the country to be a profitable economy for expansion of business,” it said.

“The survey clearly establishes India as one of the leading economies where foreign capital will flow into in the coming years. In addition to the overall strong macro-economic fundamentals, India’s navigation of the economic downturn over the last couple of years has been strong and steady,” Srinivasa Rao, partner and national director of tax and regulatory services at Ernst & Young, said in a statement.  It said Mumbai and New Delhi have the potential to produce firms like Microsoft and Google. 

“While Shanghai topped the chart with 14 percent affirmation, 8 percent of respondents named Mumbai and 4 percent named New Delhi as promising cities,” it said.

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