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India, among the European investors, is believed to be a good investment despite political uncertainty, bureaucratic hassles, shortages of power and infrastructural deficiencies. India presents a vast potential for overseas investment and is actively encouraging the entrance of foreign players into the market. No company, of any size, aspiring to be a global player can, for long ignores this country which is expected to become one of the top three emerging economies.

Foreign Investment Policy: The Ministry of Industry has expanded the list of industries eligible for automatic approval of foreign investments and, in certain cases, raised the upper level of foreign ownership from 51 percent to 74 percent and further in certain cases to 100 percent. In January 1998, the RBI announced simplified procedures for automatic FDI approvals. The announcement further provided that Indian companies will no longer require prior clearances from the RBI for inward remittances of foreign exchange or for the issuance of shares to foreign investors.

Facilitating Foreign Investment: In the recent budget, the finance minister announced the government's commitment to a 90-day period for approving all foreign investments. Government officers will be assigned to larger foreign investment proposals and will facilitate Central and State clearances in a time-bound manner. Unlisted companies with a good 3 year track record have been permitted to raise funds in international markets through the issue of Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) and American Depository Receipts (ADRs).

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 29-04-2011