FDI inflows dip 34% to $22.7 billion in 2012

FDI inflows dip 34% to $22.7 billion in 2012 New Delhi: India has attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) of USD 22.78 billion in 2012, a decline of 34 percent over the previous year due to global economic uncertainties.

The country had attracted FDI of USD 34.62 billion in 2011, according to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion data.

"The dip in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows is mainly due to uncertainties in the global economy," an official said.

However, the official said that liberalisation of FDI policy in various sectors such as retail and civil aviation is expected to boost inflows in the coming months.

In 2012, the country received the highest FDI of USD 4.67 billion in September followed by USD 2.21 billion in February and USD 2 billion in January 2012.

Foreign investments are important for India, which needs around USD 1 trillion in the next five years to overhaul its infrastructure sector such as ports, airports and highways to boost growth.

Decline in foreign investments will put pressure on the country's balance of payments and could also impact the value of rupee.

PTI