May 23, 2016

India provides huge investment opportunities

SINGAPORE: Seeking to garner investments for its power sector and infrastructure building, India today apprised Singaporean investors of accelerated reforms and new initiatives of the government.

“I do feel that the mood is very favourable for India. They (investors) can see the India story structurally improving. They can see the demand that India provide and to my mind India can look forward to good investments coming from Singapore,” said the Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal.

Goyal updated investors, including the Government Investment Corp and state owned Temasek, of a wide ranging investment opportunities in India and the government drive towards swift economic development.

“We had a good sessions with investors during the morning,” said Goyal who addressed Deutsche Bank annual economic conference earlier today.

He also accepted Singapore’s invitation to India to raise more funds from the island city’s vibrant financial centre.

He also called on Singapore deputy Prime Minister TharmanShanmugaratnam.

Later in the afternoon, Goyal visited Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and discussed a possible collaboration with ITE in setting up 21 centres across India as part of the government’s “Skill Development” initiative.

Goyal wrapped up the day by addressing some 250 investors on Indian economy and power sector investments.

Goyal was on a one-day visit to Singapore, leading a high- power delegation from the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

“India needs a massive USD 1 trillion investment for the development of infrastructure over the next five years,” said JyotsnaSuri, the immediate past president of FICCI.

“We are looking at investments across all sectors of the economy,” said HarashavardhanNeotia, FICCI president, who along with Goyal had met with investors at the Deutsche Bank conference.

“We have received a very positive feedback and support from international investors,” said Goyal after a series of meetings during the day-long visit.

“We have had a wide range of discussions with investors,” the minister added.

“There is a new enthusiasm about India among international investors based in Singapore in manufacturing sector, especially in line with Make in India initiative, as well as opportunities in power and renewable energy sector,” said George Abraham, FICCI regional representative in Singapore.

The enthusiasm is further demonstrated by the announcement of Singapore Manufacturing Federation sending delegations to Mumbai and Indore in October this year.

Singapore manufacturing Federation will also be participating in two exhibitions in July, AMTEX in New Delhi and Last Mile Fullfilment India in Mumbai.

“Coming from the manufacturing industry, this augurs well for the Make in India initiative,” Abraham said.

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