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FDI slips 41% to $1.85 bn in April

Reflecting slowdown in the economy and erosion of investor confidence, foreign direct investment [FDI] in India has declined by 41 per cent to $1.85 billion in April. India had attracted FDI worth $3.12 billion in April 2011.

Attributing the decline to global and domestic economic problems, the experts have suggested that the government should push some big-ticket reform initiatives to restore confidence of global investors.

‘The government should take important and key reforms immediately like allowing FDI in multi-brand retail and permitting foreign airlines to buy stake in domestic carriers. These moves would help in increasing FDI inflows in the country,’ FICCI secretary general Rajiv Kumar said. The decline in FDI comes at a time when India’s economic growth slipped to 9-year low of 6.5 per cent in 2011-12. The growth in the January-March quarter was merely 5.3 per cent.

However, in March, the country had received the highest ever monthly inflows of $8.1 billion. Earlier, highest FDI of $ 5.65 billion was received in June last year.

Cumulative FDI inflows for the fiscal 2011-12 amounted to $36.50 billion.

The sectors which received large FDI inflows in April include services [$449 million], pharmaceuticals [$359 million], construction [$120 million] and power [$68 million], a senior official in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion said.
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