Investment Policy Measures

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India

India

26 Feb 2022

Allows 20 per cent foreign participation in the Life Insurance Corporation ahead of listing

On 26 February, 2022, India's Cabinet approved a policy amendment allowing FDI of up to 20% in Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). The change is aimed at easing the listing of the State-run insurer. Until this amendment, even [...]

India

India

06 Oct 2021

100% foreign participation in the Telecoms sector now allowed via the Automatic Route

On October 7 2021, the Government of India announced that it would allow 100% foreign participation in the telecom services industry, including all telecom services and infrastructure providers, through the Automatic Route. Under [...]

India

India

22 Sep 2021

Launches national single window system to improve ease of doing business

On 22 September 2021, the Government of India launched the National Single-Window System for investors and businesses. The portal will integrate the existing clearance systems of the Central Departments and of the States and will become [...]

India

India

22 Mar 2021

Increased FDI ceiling in insurance companies

On 22 March 2021, Indian Parliament passed the bill to increase FDI ceiling in insurance companies to 74 percent from the existing cap of 49 percent. The announcement was first made by the Finance Minister on 1 February 1 2021, as [...]

India

India

16 Oct 2020

Clarifying FDI Policy related Digital Media

On 16 October 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a Clarification on FDI Policy for uploading/streaming of new and current affairs through Digital Media. Accordingly, entities engaged in uploading / streaming of news [...]

India

India

15 Oct 2020

Releasing Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2020

On 28 October 2020, Ministry of Commerce and Industry released the Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2020. According to the circular, the Consolidated FDI Policy is effective from 15 October 2020. The previous Consolidated FDI Policy [...]

India

India

17 Sep 2020

Increasing FDI ceiling in the defense sector to 74 per cent via automatic route

On 17 September 2020, the government of India announced a revision of the rules on FDI in the defence sector. While 100% foreign ownership in the sector is allowed as previously, ownership of up to 74% is now allowed under the automatic [...]

India

India

17 Apr 2020

Introduces FDI screening originating from neighbouring countries amid the COVID-19 pandemics

On 17 April 2020, the Government of India reviewed its Foreign Direct Investment policy for "curbing opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions of Indian companies due to the current COVID-19 pandemic" and decided to introduce the so-called [...]

India

India

12 Mar 2020

Parliament passed a new Mineral Law

On 12 March 2020, The Indian Parliament passed the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, amending the Mines & Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. The amended provisions [...]

India

India

04 Mar 2020

Government allows non-resident Indians to own a 100% stake in Air India

On 4 March 2020, the Union Cabinet approved an amended Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy on civil aviation, permitting non-resident Indian nationals (NRIs) to own up to 100% of the stakes of Air India under the automatic route. [...]

India

India

27 Feb 2020

Foreign single brand retailers can source from SEZs to satisfy FDI requirements

On 27 February 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry published a clarification that single brand retailers, owned by foreign companies, can fulfill their local sourcing requirements by procuring goods produced in units based [...]

India

India

18 Sep 2019

Liberalization of FDI Rules

Several changes to India’s foreign direct investment policy were brought by Press Note 4, dated 18 September 2019. These changes abolish foreign equity caps in coal and lignite mining activities, contract manufacturing, single brand [...]

India

India

02 Sep 2019

Relaxation of Foreign Investment Limits in the Insurance Sector

On 2 September 2019, the Ministry of Finance notified the Indian Insurance Companies (Foreign Investment) Amendment Rules 2019, which effectively abolished the existing ownership ceilings for FDI in insurance intermediaries. [...]

India

India

01 Feb 2019

New FDI rules for e-commerce

Effective from 1 February 2019, the Government of India introduced several changes in its FDI policy for e-commerce. The new rules are reported to aim at safeguarding the interests of offline retailers. The key changes, among others, [...]

India

India

21 Jan 2019

India eases requirements for foreign investment in certain sectors

According to a notification by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21 January 2019, foreign companies in defence, telecom, information and broadcasting, and private security services will not require the RBI's approval to open branch [...]

India

India

20 Jun 2018

FDI Policy Clarification on Food Product Retail Trading

On 20 June 2018, India issued clarifications on FDI in food product retail trading by requiring that the business of food product retailing be kept distinct and separate from other businesses of the investee company. [...]

India

India

07 Jun 2018

Mandatory reporting of foreign investment prior to introduction of Single Master Form

As officially announced on 5 April 2018, all Indian companies and limited liability partnerships that have existing foreign investment are supposed to report in the period from 28 June to 12 July 2018 their total foreign investment [...]

India

India

16 Apr 2018

The Government sets foreign capital requirements for unregulated financial services entities

On 16 April 2018, the Ministry of Finance set foreign capital requirements for financial services entities, which are not regulated by any financial regulator. The minimum capital requirements will be USD 20 million for ‘Fund-based [...]

India

India

10 Jan 2018

FDI policy further liberalized in several sectors

On 10 January 2018, the Union Cabinet approved a number of amendments in the Foreign Direct Investment Policy, mainly intended to liberalise and simplify the policies related to FDI. Among other things, the major changes are: (1) 100% [...]

India

India

03 Jan 2018

Revises the Model Concession Agreement for PPP Projects in Ports

On 3 January 2018, the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Model Concession Agreement (MCA) on public-private partnerships (PPP) in the port sector in an effort to make port projects more investor-friendly. Among other things, [...]

India

India

05 Jul 2017

Exempts special economic zones from integrated goods and services tax

On 5 July 2017, the Ministry of Finance issued a notification exempting all goods imported by a unit or a developer in a Special Economic Zone for authorised operations from the integrated goods and services tax. [...]

India

India

29 Jun 2017

Issues Standard Operating Procedure for approval of foreign direct investment

Following up the Union Cabinet's decision in May 2017 to phase out the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and let all FDI applications be handled by the relevant ministries/departments as per sector, the Department of Industrial [...]

India

India

05 Jun 2017

Abolishes the Foreign Investment Promotion Board

On 5 June 2017, the Indian Government announced the abolition of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), a government entity through which inward investment proposals were routed to obtain required government approvals from [...]

India

India

13 Apr 2017

Allows 'outbound' mergers

On 13 April 2017, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the 'Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Amendment Rules, 2017', allowing an Indian company to merge with a foreign company abroad. Previously, it was [...]

India

India

27 Mar 2017

Expands applicability of "small target exemption" under the Competition Act

On 27 March 2017, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs issued a notification, extending the scope of the "small target exemption" under the Competition Act to include transactions structured as merger or amalgamation. Previously, the [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 87