Bridge to India By: Ravi Thomas
Why We Are Here• The purpose of this presentation is todescribe the  more important aspects of doing business and  investi...
India Today• Indian economy has moved from closed to open economy• Economic reforms of 1990s unleashed India’s huge growth...
India & World Economy• Increasing integration of the Indian economy with global  economy reflected in sudden changes in in...
India: Investment Destination• Attracted significant investor attention in recent years• Investor perceptions of market po...
Why invest in India?• India has:   – Highly skilled, trained & young worker population   – English speaking labor well ver...
Few Constraints to Investment• India is a significantly open investment destination• Foreign ownership allowed for all exc...
An Important Consideration• FAQ: Are the investments and profits earned in India  repatriable?• Answer: All foreign invest...
Building a Bridge to India:          US Trade & Commerce• The Indian market potential is not in doubt• India offers good R...
Comments or Questions• E-mail: ravi@ravipthomas.com
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Bridge to India

  1. 1. Bridge to India By: Ravi Thomas
  2. 2. Why We Are Here• The purpose of this presentation is todescribe the more important aspects of doing business and investing in India to interested US companies
  3. 3. India Today• Indian economy has moved from closed to open economy• Economic reforms of 1990s unleashed India’s huge growth & development potential impacting all aspects of India’s society• Today India is a $ 1.3 trillion economy• India largely self sufficient in agriculture sector• India has diversified industrial base• India possesses stable financial and services sector• India has many world-class & globally competitive businesses• India’s strength in IT & ITES (IT Enabled Services) is well known
  4. 4. India & World Economy• Increasing integration of the Indian economy with global economy reflected in sudden changes in inflation rate, growth rate, exchange rate, and capital markets• India felt impact of global financial crisis less than others• India was among the first economies to revive from the crisis, led by strong domestic economy fundamentals• Real GDP growth has averaged: – 8.8% (2003-2008) – 6.7% (2008-2010) – 8.6 % (2010-11)• World Bank projects steady GDP growth of +8% p.a. till 2015
  5. 5. India: Investment Destination• Attracted significant investor attention in recent years• Investor perceptions of market potential changing• Economic growth projected to surpass 8% annually• Indian middle class trebling over next 15 years• Corresponding impact on disposable income & domestic demand• Domestic demand likely to grow by compound rate of 9.2% per year between 2010- 2030• This puts India in a good position to attract an increasing proportion of global foreign direct investments (FDI)• Many foreign corporations have realized this – as such they are reinforcing their positions in India in order to seize the opportunity
  6. 6. Why invest in India?• India has: – Highly skilled, trained & young worker population – English speaking labor well versed with Western culture• India’s size & growth potential make India attractive market• India’s demographic dividends: – rapidly increasing middle-income consumer class drives market demand• Most compelling investment reason: – India provides a good return on investment• Growing investor confidence: – Many foreign investors investing in India & increasingly exploring market opportunities• Given its strategic strengths and rapidly growing economy, India serves as an ideal destination for foreign investors• Note: India is one of the most transparent and liberal FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) regimes among emerging economies
  7. 7. Few Constraints to Investment• India is a significantly open investment destination• Foreign ownership allowed for all except a few sensitive areas of the economy (eg., lottery)• Foreign investment can be in the form of a direct investment by an entity (FDI) or can be in the form of an institutional investment (FII)• Written rules; independent judiciary
  8. 8. An Important Consideration• FAQ: Are the investments and profits earned in India repatriable?• Answer: All foreign investments are freely repatriable (net of applicable taxes) except in cases where: – The foreign investment is in a sector like Construction and Development Projects and Defense wherein the foreign investment is subject to a lock-in-period; and – NRIs choose to invest specifically under non-repatriable schemes, not applicable to foreigners• Further, dividends (net of applicable taxes) declared on foreign investments can be remitted freely through an Authorized Dealer bank
  9. 9. Building a Bridge to India: US Trade & Commerce• The Indian market potential is not in doubt• India offers good ROI & growth to foreign entrepreneurs• Imports and exports are growing• Many sectors do not need special licenses; DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade) clearance is sufficient• Contact me with any further questions you may have Thank you, Ravi
  10. 10. Comments or Questions• E-mail: ravi@ravipthomas.com

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