Investment Opportunities in India

April 26, 2013

Investment opportunities for foreign investors in India

The Indian economy has continuously recorded high growth rates and become an attractive destination for investment. According to recent trends, India is only second to China in the league of favorite investment destinations. As the Indian economy is developing very fast, it has opened new avenues for people to start businesses.

Doing business in India is a profitable option as the majority of the industries and sectors are almost untapped and hence the fear of facing stiff competition is less. “Our economic and commercial relations are expanding. But there is still a lot of untapped potential that needs to be exploited, especially in sectors like agro-processing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical equipment, seafood, automobile parts, tourism and hospitality, IT and IT-enabled services,” according to Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

Investment sectors in India for NRIs

The sectors in which the non-resident Indian (NRI) can invest through the automatic route include agriculture, mining, alcohol brewing, power, industrial explosives, hazardous chemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, transport, insurance, industrial parks, non-banking financial institutions, etc. In some cases, the approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) may be required. These include sectors like tea, infrastructural companies except telecom, publication of newspaper and periodicals, courier service and single brand product retailing.

The various sectors where NRI investments in India are prohibited include retail, atomic energy, lottery and gambling establishments, tobacco products, etc.

Investment environment in India

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, tax holidays, liberalisation of external commercial borrowing norms, etc. are the important reasons for increasing NRI investments in India.

NRIs are permitted to open bank accounts in India with funds remitted from abroad, foreign exchange brought in from abroad or with funds legitimately due to them in India, with authorised dealer.

Ways of investing in India

The foreign investors can invest in India in two ways:

  • Incorporation of an Indian company: The foreign investor can set up a separate legal entity in India under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956. The foreign investors can invest in such Indian company up to 100 per cent of capital based on sectoral guidelines specified by the Government of India.
  • Unincorporated entity: A foreign company can operate in India, by establishing a Branch Office of the other place of business (foreign entity), subject to conditions and activities permitted under the Foreign Exchange Management Regulations.

Investment Facilitation

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 facilitate NRIs and overseas corporate bodies of overseas Indians which want to invest in India.

Further, in order to ease the process of investment in India, OIFC has developed an online toolkit– Investment Guide to India. The toolkit serves as a simple, practical and stage-wise investment guide for the non-resident Indians wanting to invest in India.

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March 28, 2013

Growing prospects in Indian electronics industry

The growing sales figure for the consumer electronic goods, a flourishing telecom/networking market and noteworthy growth in the use of portable/wireless products are some of the significant trends observed in India at present and they are providing stimulus to the growth of the electronics design industry to a greater scale.

India has a well-developed electronics design industry, with 120 design units and is ranked the second among the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden, China, Taiwan and Israel in terms of design revenues.

Electronics is essential for setting up technology infrastructure, and semiconductors are the main component of electronics products. Electronics sales in India, which totalled US$ 40.7 billion in 2009, will touch US$ 400 billion by 2020. At present, local manufacturing accounts for about 40 per cent of consumption and it could increase to 80 per cent by 2020.

The key drivers for the electronics market in India include telecom infrastructure equipment, wireless handsets, notebooks and other IT and office automation products, set-top boxes and smart cards. Growth sectors including health care equipment, automotive, consumer goods and industrial goods—all of which increasingly use electronics—are also expected to boost electronics consumption in India and open up more investments opportunities for non-resident Indians (NRI).

Investment options in electronics industry of India

In India, after Bangalore, Noida has become a hub for electronics design industry with many major players setting up their offices and research and development (R&D) centres in the city. Global MNCs such as Freescale, Mentor Graphics and Interra Systems are some of the major companies in Noida.

The Government of India is continuously making efforts to boost Indian electronics industry and is attracting foreign and local players to invest in electronics sector of the country. For the purpose, the Government has set up an Empowered Committee that would invite a preliminary Expression of Interest (EoI) from potential technology providers and investors.

100 per cent FDI in India under the automatic route is allowed in semiconductor fabrication to promote electronics manufacturing in India.

The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to offer financial assistance for the development of electronics manufacturing clusters (EMCs), to aid the growth of the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in India. The scheme is expected to help flow of investment for development of the ESDM sector.

The Government is also formulating a special incentive package to encourage local manufacturing of electronic goods. The package includes reimbursement of indirect taxes, and a subsidy of 20 per cent on capital expenditure made by high-tech manufacturers in special economic zone (SEZ) units.

Future of Indian electronics sector

The growing tablet market; increasing notebook penetration coupled with widespread demand for flash memory and desktops from e-Governance programmes will drive the growth of the Indian semiconductor market.

“Semiconductors and electronics are at the heart of technology driven products that will drive the US$ 400 billion Indian electronics market by 2020. ISA is committed to working with all the stake-holders from industry, academia and government to enable the eco-system that will convert this opportunity into reality,” as per Dr Pradip K Dutta, Chairman ISA and Corporate Vice-President & Managing Director, Synopsys India.

FDI in India in the electronics sector is very crucial for the development of the IT and the ITES sector in India.

The robust growth in the Indian semiconductor design industry has opened up a lot of opportunities to invest in electronics sector of India.

Booming Indian Economy offering huge investment options for NRIs

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.

The country’s strong fundamentals such as a growing middle class population, cost competitiveness and strong domestic consumption have made it a preferred destination for MNCs from across the world.

Being the world’s largest democracy with over 1.2 billion people means a plethora of business opportunities for its people. The country also offers innumerable investment opportunities for NRIs. Combined with young skilled manpower along with a well established judicial and stable government conducive to business, are all positive points towards India’s business potential.

Additionally, strong growth across diverse parameters like being the 2nd most attractive FDI destination, steady Infrastructure & GDP growth and being one of the largest economies of the world reinforce the strength of India’s economy. All this translates to the availability of new investment opportunities for NRIs in India spanning all sectors of the Indian economy.

Key Sectors

The various key investment sectors in India offering lucrative business opportunities 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, and Telecommunications.

Growth Potential in key sectors

Indian tax climate is considered to be reasonably favourable and India has continued to be an attractive investment destination, according to a survey conducted by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd (Deloitte). The investment sectors in India are witnessing new heights in terms of contribution both from the domestic front as well as from the foreign land.

  • The pharmaceutical market of India is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14-17 per cent over 2012-16 and is now ranked among the top five pharmaceutical emerging markets globally
  • India’s IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) sector exports are expected to increase by 12-14 per cent in FY14 to touch US$ 84 billion – US$ 87 billion, as per National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom)
  • Indian manufacturing and natural resources industry plans to spend Rs 40,800 crore (US$ 7.53 billion) on IT products and services in 2013, a growth of 9.1 per cent over 2012, according to Gartner. The telecommunications category remains the biggest spending category and it is forecast to reach Rs 13,200 crore (US$ 2.43 billion) in 2013
  • The electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector of India is projected to reach US$ 94.2 billion by 2015 from US$ 64.6 billion in 2011, according to a report by the India Semiconductor Association (ISA) and Frost & Sullivan
  • The luxury car market of India is set for growth over the medium and long term, according to Mr Philipp Von Sahr, President, BMW Group India. The market is about 30,000 cars a year and is rising steadily, Mr Sahr added

March 4, 2013

How investment guide helps NRI to invest in India?

A growing India offers opportunity across sectors — notably infrastructure, pharma, automobiles, education and many more — in an investor-friendly environment. An investment guide answers all your questions about investing in India. The guide provides information about registering a company, entry strategy, state policies and doing business in India.

Top 6 safe investments in India

  1. Bank Fixed Deposits: Bank failures are rare in India, so bank fixed deposits are a very safe way to invest your money. You know the rates up front, so there is no uncertainty there. Taxes can eat into your returns though, especially if you are in the high tax bracket, but even then a fixed deposit (FD) that compounds quarterly and is done for a long maturity will yield well.
  2. Tax Saver Bank Fixed Deposits: Like the bank fixed deposit, this is also a very safe and certain investment. The drawback is that money is locked in for at least 5 years, and the positive is that you get some tax benefit to juice up your return.
  3. Public Provident Fund: This is also a very safe investment, and the returns are spectacular, especially for someone in the 30 per cent tax bracket. If you don’t mind the 15 year wait period, no other fixed income investment can match the public provident fund (PPF) return for the safety it offers.
  4. National Savings Certificates (NSC) IX Issue: This is another safe investment with decent returns.
  5. Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS): A lot of people realise that over the years, the SCSS is quite useful along with the monthly income scheme of the post office for their parents, and relatives and this is a good business opportunities as well.
  6. Tax Free Bonds: These bonds aren’t as safe as a bank deposit or a post office deposit but they can still be categorised as fairly secure instruments. If you buy these bonds from the stock market right now, they are trading at higher than their face value, so your effective yield will be less but then there is always a chance to make capital gains if interest rates come down.

Investment Tool Guide

  • Welcome to Invest India: Invest India is the country’s official agency dedicated to investment promotion and facilitation. Its mandate is to become the first reference point for the global investment community. It provides granulated, sector-specific and state-specific information to a foreign investor, assists in expediting regulatory approvals, and offers hand-holding services. Its mandate also includes assisting Indian investors in makings informed choices about business opportunities overseas.
  • Investment Toolkit: In order to ease the process of investing into India, Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) has developed an online toolkit–Investment Guide to India. The toolkit serves as a simple, practical and stage-wise investment guide for the non-resident Indians wanting to invest in India.

Investment Guide to India provides an end-to-end investment solution, customised to the needs of the potential diaspora investors.

October 22, 2012

Growing Indian Education sector creating numerous investment opportunities

With increasing population in India, the demand for educational institutes has also augmented. Today, the Indian education sector is one of the biggest education systems in the world. The sector is one of the leading areas for investment opportunities.

The education sector in India is divided into two main segments; the core segment comprises of schools and higher education, while the non-core comprises of coaching classes, pre-schools and vocational trainings.

With a growth rate of 10 to 15 per cent expected over the next decade, the Indian education market has witnessed a series of developments and changes in the last few years. This has resulted in a significant increase in the market size of the education industry compared to previous years.

In fact, the private education sector is estimated to reach US$ 70 billion by 2013 and US$ 115 billion by 2018, according to consulting firm Technopak.

Invest in Indian Education Sector

India has emerged as a strong potential market for investments in training and education sector, due to its favourable demographics (young population) and being a services-driven economy. Further, India’s expanding role in sectors such as software development, generic pharmaceuticals and healthcare, would require the country to invest into learning and training segment as well.

India’s education sector is also considered as one of the major areas for investments as the entire education system is going through a process of reformation, according to a report ‘Emerging Opportunities for Private and Foreign Participants in Higher Education’ by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

India needs 1.2 million more teachers under the Right to Education Campaign, according to Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource and Development. He also added that with 546 million people under 25 years of age, there is huge potential in India in the education sector that needs to be tapped.

The country has been attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) in education sector as well.

According to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), FDI in education sector stood at Rs 1170.09 crore (US$ 221.71 million) in the month of May 2012. The Government of India allowes 100 per cent FDI in education sector through the automatic route.

The country’s fast-growing education sector holds a potential to attract a US$ 100 billion investment over the next five years, driven by demand for skilled professionals and need for infrastructure development, according to research firms such as KPMG.

There is clearly an opportunity for private players to enter the education space. This opportunity exists in all three segments – schools, higher education and vocational training. Some success stories are Manipal University, Amity University and the Indian School of Business. Public-private partnerships (PPP) arrangements, tax concessions for education and encouraging foreign capital to build infrastructure in India would encourage the creation of new capacities by the private sector.

The education sector in India is expected to witness huge investments from PE funds over the next couple of years on the back of increased Government spending and expansion plans of private players.

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.

October 4, 2012

Foreign direct investments opportunities for NRIs in India

India is fast gaining importance world-wide as the country has become an investment hub over the last decade. Global investors have retained their faith in the investment opportunities in India even during the toughest of the times of the Indian Economy. Non-resident Indians (NRIs) keep looking for the investment opportunities in India. As a result, India enjoyed high foreign inflows and investments when rest of the world was struggling to even survive.

India is projected to scale higher growth in the years to come. According to Mr Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, Canada, ‘India is one of world’s fastest growing significant economies’.

According to a UN report, India is the third most favored destination for investment after China and the US for major global companies. The report further expects that foreign investments in India could increase by more than 20 per cent in 2012-13.

Consolidated Foreign Direct Investment Policy of India

The Indian government is continuously working towards increasing investment opportunities for NRIs and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into the country. The country enjoyed the second highest growth in FDI inflows in the world during 2011, which eventually generated over two lakh jobs. According to the Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) 2012 India Attractiveness Survey, investors view India as an attractive investment destination. India stands as the fourth most attractive destination for FDI in the survey’s global ranking.

India received FDI worth US$ 2.21 billion in February 2012, registering an annual growth of 74 per cent. Cumulative inflows for April-February 2011-12 stood at US$ 28.40 billion.

India has already emerged as one of the most preferred destinations for foreign investment and this eminent position will need to be sustained, according to a report by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The Indian government is therefore, doing every bit to ensure this. The Government of India has put in place a policy framework on FDI, which is transparent, predictable and easily comprehensible. This framework is embodied in the Circular on Consolidated FDI Policy, which may be updated every year, to capture and keep pace with the regulatory changes effected in the interregnum. The DIPP and Ministry of Commerce & Industry make policy pronouncements on FDI through Press Notes/ Press Releases which are notified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as amendments to the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by Persons Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000 (notification No. FEMA 20/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000).

Key Foreign Direct Investments in India

  • The Government of India has approved 21 FDI proposals worth Rs 2,410 crore (US$ 436.01 million) including that of Pfizer Inc and Sterlite Networks on September 11, 2012.
  • The Government of India has approved 14 FDI proposals worth Rs 1,584.11 crore (US$ 280.91 million), including that of Abhijeet Power Ltd to bring in FDI worth Rs 674 crore (US$ 119.51 million) and CLSA Singapore’s proposal to invest Rs 225 crore (US$ 39.89 million) on July 23, 2012
  • FDI inflows worth US$ 341.49 million were recorded in the drugs and pharmaceuticals sector between April 2009 to February 2012. At present, the Government of India allows 100 per cent FDI for both greenfield and existing projects in the sector, according to Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.

The foreign direct investments policy of the India helped in generating huge investment opportunities in India for NRIs.

August 29, 2012

Investment Trends in India

India has grown as one of the significant economies in the world having immense potential for long-term growth. Indian economy is developing at a faster pace and is brimming with investment opportunities. As per McKinsey Global Institute, the average Indian’s income will triple by 2025. This will result in more investment in the coming years.

India: Investment Potential

According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Prospects Survey 2010-2012, India is the second-most profitable destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world. Indian markets have significant potential offering prospects of high profitability and a favorable regulatory regime for investors.

Investment for saving purpose in future is certainly a good idea. There are large numbers of companies that offer plenty of opportunities for different individuals. India with a matured capital market, backed by liberal policies and strong banking system has turned to a profitable business ambience both for domestic and international businessmen.

Entry strategies for global investors in India

The various entry strategies for foreign investors in India have helped to bring in huge amounts of FDI into India. Some of the investment strategiesinitiated by Indian government are:

  • A foreign company can start its operations in the country by setting up a new company according to the Companies Act 1956. The foreign direct investment of 100 per cent has been allowed by the Government of India in such companies.
  • An international company can start its operations in India by forming joint collaboration with an Indian company.
  • An international company can start its operations in India by setting up their branch office, representative office, and project office.
  • A foreign company can start its operations in India by establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in the sectors, where foreign direct investment up to 100 per cent is permitted under the FDI policy.

Areas of Investment

The scope for business in India is enormous and has led to more investment options in India. Some key areas like infrastructure, petrochemicals, power, automobile, electronic hardware, etc. are receiving attention not only for foreign but for domestic ventures also.

Further, there are various exciting opportunities for conducting business in India, especially, for entrepreneurs dealing in outsourcing technology, internet ventures, software development, e-commerce, etc. People can also find a niche market in India where they can sell various products like health care products.

Major initiatives in India

There are various initiatives taken in India that provide a liberal and investor friendly environment:

  • Simplified investment procedures
  • Liberalised trade policy and exchange regulations
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Enactment of competition law
  • Financial sector reforms

There is no dearth of investment options in India after the investment under the automatic route has been allowed by the Government. The Government has also revised its policy regarding FDI in Indian companies engaged in retail trade. Foreign investors will now be permitted, subject to certain conditions, to own up to 100 per cent of single-brand retail trading companies in India.

Investment in Real Estate in India

Indian real estate has huge potential in almost every sector especially commercial, residential, retail, industrial, hospitality, healthcare etc. However, the major real estate developments in India are mainly the townships, residential units, shopping malls, offices, retail stores and commercial complexes.

The major growth has come due to increasing purchasing power, favourable demographics, existence of customer friendly banks & housing finance companies, professionalism in real estate and favorable reforms initiated by the government to attract global investors.

Real estate investment in India is primarily a long term investment providing low liquidity to an investor. Investors can look at renting out their property to bring consistency in revenues. This can also reduce the burden of EMIs for a property purchased on a loan. According to a survey conducted by ASSOCHAM, 65 per cent of working individuals prefer real estate as a mode of long term investment.

There are many banks and financial institutions that provide loans at attractive rate of interest to the builders. For example, HDFC Property Fund, Kotak Mahindra Realty Fund, and India Advantage Fund (ICICI), provide the funds for real estate development to the builders and developers for construction.

NRI real estate business is also on the rise in India. Recession had negligible impact on this sector. Therefore, the sector is opening up more and more investment opportunities for both domestic as well as foreign investors. The real estate sector is extremely a profitable venture, as the profits of investors have almost doubled or have derived 100 per cent profits in the residential segment.

The preferable time horizon for investment in real estate is four to seven years for better returns. The industry is popular for providing the second largest employment just after agriculture. One of the major reasons for this development is the policies taken by the Government of India.

Reforms initiated by the Indian Government

The Government including reserve bank of India (RBI) and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) has liberalised the rules and regulations for the NRIs to make investment in real estate. India has emerged as a top-most favourable destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world with 100 per cent relaxation of FDI regulations in real estate.

The Government of India has now allowed international and domestic companies to operate real estate funds through private equity funding. RBI has also decreased its rate of interest in the home loan division.

Tax Advantages

People can avail the huge tax benefits on investing in real estate:

  • Tax exemption is available on re-investment of sale proceeds of property in eligible possibilities.
  • Tax benefit is available on interest on housing loan raised in India.

Nowadays, real estate investment in India is more productive and revenue generating in comparison to other businesses. India is a safe investment destination for real estate sector with assured returns of 10 to 12 per cent.

India is becoming an Investment Hub

India is the fastest growing economy in the world with buoyant investment climate. According to recent trends, India is only second to China in the league of favorite investment destinations. As the Indian economy is developing very fast, it has opened new avenues for people to start businesses. The country is extraordinarily rich in various resources with very low-cost labour. Doing business in India is a profitable option as the majority of the industries and sectors are almost untapped and hence the fear of facing stiff competition is less.

Entry Routes for Investment in India

Foreign Investment is easily permitted in almost all sectors. An Indian company may receive Foreign Direct Investment under two routes:

Automatic route: The foreign investor does not require any approval from the Reserve Bank of India or the Government of India for making investments. FDI up to 100 per cent is allowed under the automatic route in all sectors.

Government Route: The prior approval of the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, and Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) is required for making investment in India.

Sectors that an investor can look for long-term prospective are:

Banking: The Indian banking sector is one such industry, which has enormous upside growth potential. Investing in India can give investors above average return over long-term in the banking sector.

Healthcare: With the rise in disposable incomes and penetration of healthcare insurance, the demand for healthcare is growing day by day. The health and pharma sectors are quite promising in the current market conditions. Investors with a long-term prospect can invest in strong companies in the healthcare sector.

Education: The Indian Education industry is another industry which is poised at the wings of growth. Increasing awareness, rising disposable incomes and availability of loans for higher education creates a huge demand in the sector. So, it is one of the most important investment sectors in India.

Food processing: India is a country that largely depends on its agriculture. Thus, food processing industry in the country is among the largest in the world. The industry enjoys patronage from government, private players and cooperative sectors. Even the government ensures steady investment in this sector by introducing various changes in the “National Food Processing Policy”.

IT Sector: India is known as the IT hub. The BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) and the KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) industries are enjoying a fast paced growth rate. Thus, investing in the giant software industry in India is really a good decision.

Real estate: Real estate has emerged as one of the most appealing investment sectors for domestic as well as foreign investors. The real estate sector will continue to derive its growth in future because of changing consumer lifestyles. For example, nowadays people prefer to live in societies (apartments) with facilities like swimming pool, gym, security rather than just houses.

“Our economic and commercial relations are expanding. But there is still a lot of untapped potential that needs to be exploited, especially in sectors like agro-processing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical equipment, seafood, automobile parts, tourism and hospitality, IT and IT-enabled services,” according to Anand Sharma, Commerce and Industry Minister.

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