Govt steps up efforts to attract FDI


Transport Minister Kamal Nath had said all impediments would be removed to get foreign investment in the roads and highways sector.

He added that the roads sector is expected to attract US$ 10 billion of FDI in the next two years.

The government is also making efforts to bring in foreign investment in the textiles sector, the largest employer after agriculture in the country.

Dayanidhi MaranTextiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran had led a business delegation to Japan last month to woo foreign investors in the labour intensive sector.

FDI inflow in January-May period of 2009 was US$10.58 billion compared to US$19.56 billion in the same period previous year, a dip of 46 per cent.

The government also proposes to raise the FDI cap in private insurance firms from 26 to 49 per cent and a bill to give effect to the proposal is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Crisil Principal economist D K Joshi said by taking the steps government is building pipeline to attract FDI.

He said when the global appetite for investment is low due to slowdown, infrastructure sector has the capability to attract investment.

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