FDI inflows plunge 48% to $1.04 b in Jan

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 09, 2011

With economic recovery in the rich countries, especially European nations, remaining fragile, FDI inflows to India plunged by 48 per cent to $1.04 billion in January over the same period last year.

Countries including Mauritius, Singapore, the US, the UK, Netherlands, Japan, Germany and UAE are the major investors in India.

In January 2010, India attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) worth $2.04 billion. During the ten month period (April-January 2010-11) of the current fiscal, the inflows declined 25 per cent to $17 billion over the year ago period, a source told PTI.

During April-January 2009-10, the country received $22.9-billion FDI.

“The numbers are reflecting that, we will not be able to touch the FDI figure of the previous fiscal,” the source said adding “it is a matter of great concern’’.

In 2009-10, the country’s FDI declined to $25.88 billion from $27.33 billion in the previous financial year.

“The numbers are bad. Going by the trend, it appears that India will receive less FDI in 2010-11 compared to the previous fiscal. The global economic recovery is fragile,” the Crisil Principal Economist, Mr D.K. Joshi, said.

After falling consecutively in October and November 2010, in December, FDI increased by about 31 per cent to $2 billion over the same period last year.

FDI inflows in October 2010 dipped by about 40 per cent to $1.4 billion over the year ago period. In November too, it fell by 7 per cent to $1.6 billion.

In view of declining foreign investment inflows, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is considering setting up a panel to find out the reasons for FDI slowdown and suggest ways to encourage it.

The sectors, which attracted FDI include, services (financial and non-financial), telecommunications, housing and real estate, construction activities and power.

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Published on March 09, 2011
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