• FDI inflows up 37 per cent to $39.32 billion in 2015

    Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country increased by 37 per cent to USD 39.32 billion during 2015.

    The foreign investment inflows stood at USD 28.78 billion in 2014, according to data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

    Computer hardware and software sector attracted the highest FDI, followed by services, trading business, automobile industry and chemicals.

    Singapore emerged as the biggest FDI source, followed by Mauritius, US, Netherlands and Japan.

    The government has taken several steps to promote investments through a liberal FDI policy. It has relaxed norms in several sectors, including single brand retail, e-commerce and construction.

    “The focus on improving ease of doing business in the country and relaxation of norms would help in attracting more and more FDI,” an official said.

    The Economic Survey 2015-16 had said that a favourable policy regime and sound business environment have facilitated increase in FDI flows into the country. 

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