Singapore replaces Mauritius as top FDI source

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 06, 2015

Singapore has replaced Mauritius as the top source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India during the first half of the current fiscal.

During April-September 2015, India has attracted $6.69 billion (₹43,096 crore) FDI from Singapore while from Mauritius, it received $3.66 billion (₹23,490 crore), according to data from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Foreign investment from Singapore has more than doubled from $2.41 billion in the year-ago period.

According to experts, the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Singapore incorporates Limit-of-Benefit (LoB) clause, which has provided comfort to foreign investors based there to invest in India.

“Investors are preferring Singapore to Mauritius as the LoB clause in India-Singapore treaty provides substance and certainty,” said Krishan Malhotra, head of tax and an expert on FDI with corporate law firm Shardul Amarchand and Mangaldas. FDI from Singapore during the first six months of the current financial year is also more than what it had invested in India for the whole of 2013-14 ($5.98 billion).

Published on December 06, 2015
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