India committed to reforms, FM tells European investors

India committed to reforms, FM tells European investors Frankfurt: Assuring India's commitment to pursue economic reforms, Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said government will cut fiscal and current account deficits to help economy return to the 8 percent growth path.

Speaking at a roadshow here on investment opportunities in India yesterday, the Minister said the economy was on the right path to achieve growth levels recorded during 2004-2008.

"I am very optimistic that India can grow at a (high) rate for the next 20 or 30 years," Chidambaram told a gathering of around 200 representatives of leading European companies, banks and other financial institutions.

India's promotion drive in Germany's financial capital to woo more European investors was hosted by Deutsche Bank and Barclays Bank.

Chidambaram had held similar meetings in Hong Kong and Singapore to woo investors.

India has been growing at an impressive rate of even 9 percent before the global financial meltdown pulled the growth rate down to 6.7 percent in 2008-09. The growth in the current financial year is estimated at 5.5-5.7 percent.

The Minister further said that fiscal deficit and current deficit were the main problems facing the economy.

Outlining the measures taken by the government to reduce fiscal deficit, the Minister said under no circumstances, he would allow it to breach the 5.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the current financial year.

The government proposes to reduce fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent in the next financial year.

Besides attending the roadshow, Chidambaram held other bilateral meetings with business leaders to promote India as an attractive destination for foreign investments.

He also had a meeting with Anshu Jain, India-born co-CEO of Deutsche Bank.

PTI