With economic reforms gaining momentum, India’s long-term growth prospects remain bright according to the World Bank’s India Development Update, a biannual analysis of the Indian Economy. The report finds that growth has rebounded significantly due to a strong industrial recovery. Capital flows are back, signalling growing investor confidence. The exchange rate has stabilized and financial sector stress has levelled out. Economic growth is expected to rise to 5.6% in FY 15, strengthening to 6.4% in FY16 and 7.0% in FY 17.
- India has grown at an average of 8% GDP on an annual basis in the last decade.
- India is poised to be the 3rd largest economy by year 2030 and the largest by 2050 in the world according to International Monetary Fund and World Bank reports.
- India will be a fully developed country by the Year 2030 resulting in huge opportunities in the infrastructure sector.
- Demographics is helping spur India’s growth. 65% of the population is under 35 and 20% of the world’s population lives in India.
- The 12th Five-year plan (2012-2017) of the Government of India has budgeted one trillion US Dollars towards the infrastructure sector. This provision is double of what was reserved in the previous Five-year plan.
- The 12th Five-year plan consists of many large infrastructure projects of which 50% of the funds will be financed by external aided agencies like ADB, JBIC, World Bank and multi-lateral funding. The Public Private Participation (PPP) model will also be encouraged
India on Growth Path
- The Indian economy is expected to grow to 7.8 % in 2015-16
- The net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows have touched a record high of US$ 34.9 billion in 2014-15
- FDI to India doubled to US$ 4.48 billion in January 2015, the highest inflow in last 29 months, from US$ 2.18 billion in January 2014
- India to surpass China’s Economic Growth in 2015 – 16 as per IMF reports
- India to become a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2020 according to D&B reports
Diversified Economy - Various Investment Opportunities
- India has a diversified economy with no individual sector accounting for more than 25 per cent share
- Various major sectors, such as consumers, infrastructure and automobile, are poised for strong growth
- Availability of a large number of investment avenues mitigates the risk of being exposed to a limited number of sectors, which can be adversely impacted during a downturn