By Administrator_ India
Foreign direct investments into the country are on the rise, jumping to USD 12.1 billion in May this year, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said.
He also said the government is working on a mission mode to achieve an exports target of USD 400 billion in 2021-22.
“India has received the highest ever FDI inflow in 2020-21. It surged by 10 percent to USD 81.72 billion and FDI during May 2021 is USD 12.1 billion, i.e. 203 percent higher than May 2020,” he said while addressing a meeting of different industry associations on promoting exports.
He said that exports are recording healthy growth and during August 1-14, the outbound shipments grew 71 percent over 2020-21 and 23 percent over 2019-20.
According to the minister, India’s average applied import tariff (duty) has dropped to 15 percent in 2020 from 17.6 percent in 2019, and the country’s applied tariffs are way below the bound rate of 50.8 percent (permissible limit under the World Trade Organization).
Talking about employment, he said more than 54,000 startups were providing about 5.5 lakh jobs and over 20 lakh jobs will be created by 50,000 new startups in the next five years.
During the meeting, the industry suggested steps like increasing export competitiveness, addressing logistic problems, the active role of states in building the capacity of exporters and developing international markets for Indian products.