The manufacturing sector has emerged as one of the sectors in India with high growth. The ambitious “Make in India” program launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has played a pivotal role in this regard and has significantly helped not only in placing India on the world map as a manufacturing hub but also in providing global recognition to India’s growth story.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (“UNCTAD”), India ranked among the top 10 recipients of Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) in South Asia in 2019, attracting US$ 49 billion – a 16% increase from the previous year.
Cumulative FDI in India’s manufacturing sector reaching US$ 88.45 billion during April 2000 to March 2020 is a manifestation of the increasing attractiveness of India as destination for foreign investments. Furthermore, with its increasing liberalisation and business friendly environment, India has jumped 79 positions to rank 63rd in the ‘Ease of Doing Business index’ as per the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking, 2020. In accordance with the latest data released by the Government, the FDI inflows have gone up by almost 15% during the first half of the current year with Singapore topping the list. In terms of numbers, the data shows that despite the pandemic, FDI inflows in India have topped US$ 30 billion during April-September compared to US$ 26 billion in the corresponding period of the last year.
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