By The Statesman/ANN
Modi invited investors to invest in India while he was speaking at a business event in Bangkok adding that India is now one of the world’s most attractive economies for investment with “286 billion US dollar FDI in the last five years.”
PM Mod said, “It is the best time to be in India and that many things such as foreign direct investment, ease of doing business, ease of living and productivity are rising while tax rates, red tapism, corruption, cronyism are on a decline.”
“All of what I have said just now makes India one of the world’s most attractive economies for investment. India received 286 billion US dollar FDI in the last five years. This is almost half of the total FDI in India in the last twenty years,” PM Modi added while speaking at an event hosted to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the Aditya Birla Group.
India has stopped working in a routine, bureaucratic manner as it is undergoing “transformative changes”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a group of influential business leaders here on Sunday, hard-selling the country as one of the most attractive investment destinations globally, he said.
The Prime Minister particularly talked about initiatives to reform India’s tax regime and said his government is now starting face-less tax assessment procedure so that there is no scope for discretion or harassment.
“In today’s India, the contribution of the hard working tax payer is cherished. One area where we have done significant work is taxation. I am happy that India is one of the most people friendly tax regimes. We are committed to further improving it even more,” he said.
PM Modi also referred to India’s dream to become a five trillion dollar economy. “When my government took over in 2014, India’s GDP was about 2 trillion dollars. In 65 years, 2 trillion. But in just 5 years, we increased it to nearly 3 trillion dollars,” he said.
“India has seen many success stories in the last five years in various sectors. The reason for this is not only the Governments. India has stopped working in a routine, bureaucratic manner,” Modi said.
Referring to direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme, Modi said it has ended the culture of middlemen and inefficiency.
“You would be shocked to know that for years, money was spent on the poor which did not really reach the poor. Our Government ended this culture thanks to DBT. DBT stands for direct benefit transfer. DBT has ended the culture of middlemen and inefficiency,” he said.
PM Modi projected India as one of the very few attractive investment destinations globally and called upon the Thai business leaders to be part of the India growth story.
“For investment and easy business, come to India. To innovate and starting up, come to India. To experience some of the best tourist sites and warm hospitality of people, come to India. India awaits you with open arms,” he said.
“When India prospers, the world prospers. Our vision for India’s development is such that it also leads to a better planet,” Modi said.
In his over 20-minute speech, Modi also talked about India’s skilled human resources. “If there is one thing I am specially proud of, it is India’s talented and skilled human capital. No wonder India is among the world’s largest start-up eco-systems.” The PM also briefly touched upon India’s deep-rooted engagement with Southeast Asian nations.
“In the spirit of our Act East Policy, we are paying special attention to enhance connectivity with this region. Direct connectivity between ports on Thailand’s west coast and ports on India’s east coast will enhance our economic partnership,” he added.
As he left for his visit to Bangkok, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India will consider whether its concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated when he attends the meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP in Thailand. He defended his government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as began his three-day Thailand visit. “When a decision is right, its echo is heard across the globe. And I can hear it in Thailand as well,” he said while addressing over 5,000 members of Indian community on the first day of his visit at an event in Bangkok.
PM Modi is on an official visit to Thailand to participate in the 16th ASEAN-India Summit on November 3 and will participate in the 14th Annual East Asia Summit and the 3rd Summit meeting of nations negotiating a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement on November 4. He will also be present for the special leaders’ luncheon hosted by Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.