Opportunities for Investors & Industry in India: FM Nirmala Sitharaman to Investors

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told global leaders and investors in an interaction in New York that India has undertaken several reforms to ease foreign investment in infrastructure, including fiscal benefits which have created opportunities for investors and industry in the country.

“With the current reset in the global supply chain and clear-headed and committed leadership in India, I see opportunities galore in India for all investors and industry stakeholders,” Sitharaman said at a roundtable organised by FICCI and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

India has fully leveraged the potential of digitisation even during the most challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic, she said, adding that the role of technology in the financial sector is enabling pushing the frontier of financial inclusion. “Fintech are playing a key role in this area,” said Sitharaman.

Pointing to the opportunities in India, she said startups in India have grown tremendously and many are now raising money through capital markets. “This year itself, more than 16 of them will qualify as unicorns,” she said.

Earlier this year, startups such as Pharmeasy, Groww, Gupshup, Meesho, Cred and ShareChat raised more than $2.6 billion from 21 funding deals.

“We just had a very constructive conversation here in New York today and that further raises the optimism. MasterCard is one of those companies that will continue to invest in India,” said MasterCard CEO Michael Miebach.

Senior global executives such as MasterCard executive Charmain Ajay Banga said there is a lot of opportunity for India to participate in supply chains. “India is on a great pathway and trajectory with its reforms, continuing reforms, and I can see great momentum, but I’m particularly impressed by the production-linked incentives that can make a big difference to the way that labour intensive industries in India can develop,” he said.