Walmart Anxious Over States’ Veto Power On FDI

Walmart as well as US government seem concerned over States’ veto power the states have over the Foreign Direct Investment. They have conveyed their concerns, to the union government of India.
Walmart remain cautious to enter Indian Market as the states are given Veto power.

Walmart remain cautious to enter Indian Market as the states are given Veto Power.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; generally branded as Walmart, an American multinational retail corporation, as well as the US government has revealed their concern over the veto power conferred to the states by the Union Government of India. Union Government’s decision to confer absolute power to the states; to decide on the matters related to the foreign retailers’ entry into their states, is seen as a barricade for the foreign investors.

Being concerned over the veto power of the States, many of the foreign retailers like Walmart, still not interested in the Indian Market. They, the world’s largest supermarket chain, still remain reluctant to enter the Indian Market. Continue reading

Real Estate Sector Hopes To Thrive In 2013

The year 2013 is expected to be a boom year for economy as a whole. This is more expected in the real estate sector. Real estate sector expects to thrive in 2013.
Real Estate Sector Hopes To Thrive In 2013

Real Estate Sector: ready to thrive in 2013

Real estate sector went through a tough time in the year 2012. The year was noted for its slow pace and declined market. Lower sales and higher construction costs affected the real estate developers adversely. In short the year 2012 was a very difficult one for the real estate developers of India. They faced a tough economic condition as sales stooped down.

Lalit Kumar Jain, National head of CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India) expressed his hopes of revival in the year 2013. He said that the year 2012 was a year of loss especially because no corrective step was taken. He moaned that the 2012 remain as a lost opportunity.

Real estate consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle India’s Chairman & Country Head, Anuj Puri appeared more confident over the real estate renovation. According to him real estate boom will be more in the final-half of 2013.

The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has, in recent times, allowed reputable real estate developers to raise funds up to $1 billion. The RBI also has permitted established housing finance companies to raise an equivalent fund. With this new rule the real estate builders and finance companies can raise funds through external commercial borrowings. Continue reading

Retail FDI Will Cover Up Vacant Space; Hope Mall Owners

Indian government’s decision to allow more retail FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) was passed in the Lok Sabha. New retail FDI bill gives some rays of hope to troubling mall owners.

The approval of more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail policy by the Lok Sabha (LS) fills some hopes to the mall owners. They expect to reduce the vacant space as the foreigners will have permission to run shops in India.

With the shopping-mall development boom there has been excess of retail space in all major cities of India. This was comparatively higher in New Delhi and Mumbai. The situation left the mall owners to struggle with the excess of retail space which remain vacant. Continue reading

Multi National Brands Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco May Soon Open Stores in India

NEW DELHI: Multinational retailers namely Walmart , Carrefour and Tesco may soon be allowed to open stores in India subject to inflexible investment norms, sourcing conditions, and cap on number of outlets in large cities. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, or Dipp, is likely to move a proposal seeking cabinet’s consent for 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail subject to an investment of at least USD 100 mn.

A draft structure has been prepared keeping sufficient safeguards to protect small shopkeepers, and to ensure that FDI actually helps in development of back-end infrastructure. The department has circulated a draft structure to a committee of secretaries, which will fine-tune it before a final cabinet note is moved. Multinational retailers will have to file a statement of account with the RBI and Foreign Investment Promotion Board showing the investment in back-end functions.

Proposals address states’ concerns “The government is very clear that FDI in multi-brand retail should create an employment on big scale and bring quality investment into the country resulting to development of back-end infrastructure,” the official said. For easier monitoring, the government will also allow back-end infrastructure to be executed through a dedicated unit. Multi-brand retail stores would be required to source at least 30 percent of their products, including food items, from small and medium enterprises, according to the draft structure.

FDI Inflow Drop by 11%

Foreign direct investment in India refused for the third consecutive month in March, dropping by 11 per cent year-on-year to 1.07 billion Dollars in the backdrop of financial havoc in Europe. The country received 1.2 billion Dollars in FDI in the consistent period last year. During the financial year 2010—11, the inflows droped by 25 % to 19.43 billion Dollars, which makes it vital for the country to fine tune its policies to attract overseas investment, sources told.

The FDI during 2009—10 had totalled 25.83 billion Dollars during 2009—10, which, too, was lower than 27.33 billion Dollars invested in the previous financial year. “The numbers are not enough, the govt. has to take more steps,” sources said. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the nodal agency on FDI policies, has initiated steps, including merging of all related rules and regulations into a single document. In January and February FDI drowned by 48 per cent (1.2 billion Dollars) and 30 per cent (1.04 billion Dollars), respectively, over the same period previous year. The sectors that attracted FDI include services, telecommunications, housing and real estate, construction activities and power.

The major investors in India are US, UK, Singapore, Netherlands, Japan, Germany and UAE. Foreign institutional Investors have invested 3.6 billion Dollars since January 01 till May 5, 2011.

Indian Realty has Bright Future

The Future is Bright
The future of Indian Realty market seems to be brighter than ever. Following are the major reasons for the growth of Indian Realty:

  • The policies made by government for the Foreign Direct Investment have brought quite a large number of foreign investors into the Indian real estate market. India now ranks second in the list of most preferred location for real estate investment. In fiscal 2005-06, the FDI turned thrice to that in 2004-05, i.e., it turned from 2.38 billion USD to 7.96 USD.
  • Another reason for the growth of Indian realty sector is the positive reform implemented by the government. The growth of this sector is also evident by the fact that this sector is the largest sector after agriculture providing employment.
  • The education system also has impact on the realty sector. It is estimated that in next 2 or 3 years, there will be around 2 million graduates who would create a demand for 100 million sq ft of industrial space and office.
  • Lastly, the existence of world renowned Fortune 500 companies also other large companies to start operations in India, which in turn would generate huge demand for corporate hubs.