INTO INDIA has long called for more western investment into the growth story that is modern India.
Now, according to a survey conducted by multinational professional services network, Deloitte, a large proportion of international business leaders remain confident in India’s short- and long-term prospects and are readying plans to make additional and first-time investments in the country.
The India FDI Opportunity survey of September 2021, which questioned 1,200 business leaders of multinational corporations in the U.S., U.K., Japan, and Singapore, found that India remains an attractive destination for investments, scoring highly for its skilled workforce and prospects for economic growth.
- 44 percent of the 1,200 business leaders surveyed are planning additional or first-time investments in India
- Nearly two-thirds of first-time investments will be made within the next two years
- Business perceptions of India are better in the U.S. and UK compared to Singapore and Japan
- Recent reforms by the Indian government to improve ease of doing business are popular, but awareness of policy improvements remains low
It also said that more business leaders, especially in Japan, are making investments in India for access to the domestic market rather than using India as a springboard for exports.
“India has the strongest positive perception in the U.S. when compared to markets such as China, Brazil, Mexico, and Vietnam. The U.S. and U.K. business leaders expressed greater confidence in India’s stability,” it said.
Investment is always indirectly but powerfully linked with market entry and trade outcomes. INTO INDIA applauds the enthusiasm of the US for India and hope this is also taken up in Australia – where investment funds are high – fourth largest wealth management market in the world.