18 November , 2019 Fdiindia
India Becomes the Most Favoured Destination for Energy Investments: Pradhan
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while addressing foreign investors in Abu Dhabi at a roadshow organized by the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) said that India is now amongst the top 10 favourable destination fir energy investments. He was there to promote the country as a favourable destination in the oil and gas sector.
The minster further said the country is currently the third largest energy consumer in the world and it will play a primary role in driving the global energy demand in the coming decades. Pradhan said that despite system-wide energy transition measures, the oil and gas sector will continue to play a central role in meeting the country’s energy requirements.
In the last 5 years, India has emerged as the most favoured destinations for energy investments with increased foreign direct investments or FDI. The country has received overseas direct investments worth USD 286 billion in the last five years. The figure amounts to almost half of the total FDI equity inflows received by the country in the last 20 years.
Dharmendra Pradhan while addressing potential foreign investors also said that the oil demand is likely to rise at the fastest pace in the world and is expected to reach 10 million barrels per day by the year 2030.
In the previous fiscal year, foreign direct investments dropped for the first time in 6 years by 1 per cent. After this decrease, the government of India introduced several changes in the existing FDI norms across different sectors such as digital media, contract manufacturing, aviation, coal mining, and single brand retail trade.
These changes were first proposed by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget. These reforms are sanctioned in order to attract more foreign investments in the different sectors of the Indian economy.