India has now emerged as one of the most open economies in the world for receiving FDI, on the back of a host of liberalisation measures, the Economic Survey said today. It pointed out that measures taken by the government have resulted in FDI equity inflow of 43.4 billion USD in 2016-17, which is not only an increase of 8 per cent over the previous year, but also the highest ever. The mid-year Survey of the economy described foreign direct investment (FDI) as an enabler of economic growth since it enhances productivity by bringing capital, skills and technology to the host country. "In 2016, the government has brought most of the sectors under the automatic approval route, except a small negative list comprising atomic energy, manufacture of cigars and tobacco, real estate business, lottery, gambling and chit fund etc.
With these changes, India is now one of the most open economies in the world for FDI," said the Survey tabled in Parliament today. In terms of the sectors receiving FDI equity inflows, Services (finance, banking, insurance etc) sector received the highest (19.9 per cent) followed by telecommunications (12.8 per cent) and computer software and hardware (8.4 per cent), the Survey added. Mauritius, Singapore and Japan have been top three source countries of FDI inflows to India contributing 36.2 per cent, 20 per cent and 10.8 per cent, respectively, during 2016-17, according to the Survey.
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