Investment Opportunities in India

January 28, 2013

Flourishing Investment Opportunities in India for NRIs

The Indian economy continues to grow at a good pace and holds a strong position on the global map. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) has been growing at an average rate of 8.5 per cent for the last five years.

India’s economy is amongst the largest in the world on the basis of purchasing power parity (PPP). It is today one of the most attractive destinations for business opportunities with the available large manpower base, diversified natural resources and strong macroeconomic fundamentals. In FY 2011-12, the country attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) of around US$ 46.8 billion in various sectors.

According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Prospects Survey 2012–2014, India is the third-most attractive destination for FDI in the world. Indian markets have significant potential and offer prospects of high profitability and a favorable regulatory regime for investors.

“We are keen to see FDI investment to surge in India and to that end, a favourable business climate will be helpful in going forward. We are encouraged to see there is a continued path towards fiscal consolidation. That there is a determination to improve the tax code. There is a determination to cap the subsidies at two per cent. All of those measures are good measures,” according to Ms Christine Lagarde, Chief, International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Key Sectors

India has grown to become a trillion dollar economy with a largely self-sufficient agricultural sector, a diversified industrial base and a stable financial and services sector. There are numerous sectors that offer lucrative business investment opportunities in India. Some of the key sectors are:

  • Aerospace & Defence
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Capital markets
  • Life Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Mining & Metals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Ports
  • Power and Utilities
  • Real Estate
  • Retail and consumer products
  • Roads and highways
  • Telecommunications

Government Initiatives in supporting business investments opportunities in India

In order to enable individuals to have the complete benefit of available business opportunities in India, the Government of India has taken following initiatives:

  • The Government has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with 47 investors, attracting investments worth Rs 243.67 crore (US$ 43.83 million), according to S G Hegde, Joint Director, District Industries Centre, Mangalore
  • The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) plans to utilise the Rs 5,000 crore (US$ 899.28 million) venture fund allocated to it for investments in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) over the next four years. 100 MSME clusters have already been identified for the establishment of credit facilitation centres, added Mr Sushil Muhnot, Managing Director, SIDBI
  • The Government of Maharashtra has decided to set up a manufacturing zone spread over 5,000 hectares under the National Manufacturing Policy. The policy seeks to give a boost to the manufacturing sector so that by 2022, it can contribute at least 25 per cent to the National GDP and add 100 million new jobs to the market. It has recognised large integrated areas called National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ), which will be the growth drivers for the sector

November 23, 2012

Doing Business in India – A profitable opportunity for NRIs

The Indian economy continues to grow at a good pace and holds a strong position on the global map. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) has been growing at an average rate of 8.5 per cent for the last five years.

India’s economy is amongst the largest in the world on the basis of Purchasing Power Parity. It is today one of the most attractive destinations for business and investment opportunities with the available large manpower base, diversified natural resources and strong macroeconomic fundamentals. In FY 2011-12, the country attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) of around US$ 46.8 billion in various sectors.

Advantage India

  • World’s largest democracy with 1.2 billion people
  • Stable political environment and responsive administrative set up
  • Well established judiciary to enforce rule of law
  • Land of abundant natural resources and diverse climatic conditions
  • India’s growth will start to outpace China’s within three to five years and hence, India will become the fastest large economy with 9-10 per cent growth over the next 20-25 years, according to a report by Morgan Stanley
  • Investor friendly policies and incentive-based schemes
  • India’s economy will grow five-fold in the next 20 years, as per a study by McKinsey
  • Cost competitiveness; low labour costs
  • Total labour force of nearly 530 million

Investment Options for NRIs in India

India offers a stable, prosperous foundation to grow one’s business. It offers rich business opportunities and markets to non-resident Indians (NRIs) for new products and services. It is one of the fastest, easiest and lucrative investment destinations in the world to set up business. India is the second-most profitable destination, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Prospects Survey 2010-2012.

India is in the midst of rapid economic and social transition and is giving a feel good factor to the NRIs, especially the real estate sector. Returns from real estate investments have consistently performed well and have even outperformed other businesses in India.

The health care sector has also opened new business opportunities in India for NRIs to invest in the country because of the rise in disposable income, penetration of health insurance and change in lifestyle of present generation.

There are many other exciting business opportunities in India, especially, for entrepreneurs dealing in outsourcing technology, internet ventures, software development, e-commerce, etc.

Government’s intervention on policy issues, especially, tax regulations and FDI in sectors like retail, aviation etc. will play an important role in driving large transactions, especially, inbound deals. India’s growth story remains intact and NRIs can look forward to see better investment options in the second half of 2012.

Success Stories

India has witnessed a number of success stories – both Indian and multinational firms have registered higher profits, increased turnover and higher sales over the years. This has prompted them to reinvest profits and inject fresh capital into their processes in order to reap the benefits of the India growth story.

Investments have been made by Corporate across the board and almost all the sectors have seen inflow of funds. Global players such as Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony, Amway, Tupperware, Pepsico, McDonald’s, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Aviva, Nortel, and Nokia among others have benefited from their business in India and have made expansion plans for the country. The companies plan to expand by way of product diversification, setting up manufacturing base in India, increasing the existing production capacity, establishing research centres in India, etc.

October 22, 2012

How and Where to Invest in India?

If you’re thinking about investing in India to make money especially in real estate, you need to first determine your financial goals. Do you need to make money quickly, invest for your children’s college fund, or build wealth for your retirement? Once you determine your financial goals, you need to decide which type of investment strategy works for you.

The proof of an investment strategy is how it performs in bad times, not in good times! Strategy is the key, whether you are planning a war, an election campaign or buying a property. There is no such thing as a generic, one-size-fits-all strategy. It is a statement, not an essay. Not having one, is like driving a car through the woods at night without any lights on. Planning your investments in a way that suits your strategy can enable you to create and maintain a competitive advantage.

Choosing the right investment strategiesis all about matching the right real estate problem with the right investment solution. Your choice of which strategy to implement depends on two factors:

  • The profit outcome you want to achieve (i.e. capital gains and/or positive cash flow returns); and
  • The needs of the person who’ll be paying you money in exchange for the use of the property.

Your strategy will determine the extent of your success in the property investment world whether you invest in India or overseas markets. It is a crucial first step for the novice property investor and something that an experienced investor monitors and reviews in light of its performance. Strategy dictates the Why, When, Where and How of property investment.

Business Investment Opportunities in India for NRIs

In today’s global economy more and more companies are looking behind their countries borders for investment opportunities. These opportunities can be mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures or Greenfield investments. India is gaining more and more respect as a country to invest in, while it has some major advantages.

India is the second-most profitable destination, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Prospects Survey 2010-2012.

Long-term projects call for large investments, other options include individual investment avenues and products.

National priority level and state-specific projects are being implemented across the country. These offer huge potential for investors willing to invest in India. The government is in fact, promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in many projects opening up new vistas in sectors such as infrastructure, education, healthcare etc.

The health care sector of India has also opened new business investment opportunities for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)/Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) to invest in India because of the rise in disposable income, penetration of health insurance and unhealthy lifestyle of present generation.

The returns from real estate sector in India have consistently performed well and have even outperformed other investment options. The Government of India has created many policies and schemes to maximize business investment opportunities for NRIs/PIOs looking to invest in Indian real estate sector.

Government’s intervention on policy issues, especially, Tax Regulations and foreign direct investment (FDI) in sectors like retail, aviation etc. will play a role in driving large transactions, especially inbound deals.

August 6, 2012

Investment Prospects for NRI’s in India

India is considered to be the second favourite destination for investors from other countries. India’s unique and vast geography, endowed with diverse topography, has made it one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world.

The healthy growth of the Indian economy also becomes evident from the inflow of the foreign direct investment (FDI). Investment opportunities in India are plentiful. It becomes evident with the numerous MNC’s not only trailing their products and services into the Indian markets but also coming forward to set up their manufacturing units in India.

The vast investment opportunities available and the positive investment climate in India have become a part of every business entrepreneur’s life. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has set up an Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) as a not-for-profit-trust, in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to promote investment opportunities amongst the overseas Indians.

Some of the fruitful investment options in India are:

Fixed deposits: It is the most common among the investment opportunities in India. These are safe investments and provide decent return.

Insurance sector: There are a lot of insurance companies emerging these days as the health is becoming less secured because of the unhealthy life style of present generation. Some of the common insurance policies are life insurance, health insurance, home insurance and the car insurance policies.

Investment in Stock: The investment in stock market in India is one of the fastest means of earning. As the stock prices are always fluctuating, the chances of risk are also high along with high profits.

Mutual Funds: It is a collective investment scheme that pools money from many investors or foreign investors in India to purchase securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. It is an easy and safe investment with periodic withdrawals.

Real Estate: The population in India is increasing and therefore land is always in demand. Besides the need to reside, the establishment of industries also requires land. The projection of real estate includes sectors such as hospitality, manufacturing, housing, retail, commercial etc. Thus it is obvious that the cost of real estate is not going to fall down. Thus the investment opportunities in India are high and by investing in a land and selling it on demand by others is an easy source to earn money.

Also, there are many other exciting business investment opportunities in India, especially, for industrialists dealing in outsourcing technology, internet ventures, software development, e-commerce, etc.

The Government of India is trying to accommodate and utilise the conducive investment climate of the country by relaxing and even introducing new policies. The change in government policy, availability of cheap resources, strong operational units, etc. are the important reasons for FDI in India. It is important for foreign investors in India to have some trend analysis of investment scope before they plan to start or set up a business in India, thus the role of investment advisors to prepare extensive investment guides to help and direct the trade investments and the scope of foraying into a particular business in India becomes crucial.

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