ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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FDI Norms: Is the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ an Inclusive Agenda?

Does the introduction of FDIs in critical sectors allow consumers to accrue more benefits through increased competition or does it cement the presence of big players and displace local industries?

Pursuing FDI for Technology

The discussion paper on “Industrial Policy 2017” floated by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has stressed promoting the transfer of foreign technology as one of the key priorities with respect to the existing foreign direct investment policy regime. However, the focus remains on ensuring enhanced access to technology. This may not lead to technology transfer owing to several restrictive conditions imposed on the usage of technology by the licensor. For gaining real acquisition of technology, a purposive policy intervention is required through regulatory supervision of costs and conditions negotiated in technology collaboration agreements.

FDI Guidelines for e-Commerce

While the e-commerce market has been liberalised progressively over the years, foreign direct investment in business to consumer e-commerce is permitted only under certain circumstances. This has resulted in innovative and convoluted e-marketplace models to overcome the restrictions. In this context, recent changes in the FDI policy in e-commerce are analysed with special focus on the marketplace segment and the possible impact of such changes on the existing players.

Silence on Investor –State Disputes Debate

The Law Commission of India's 260th report contains a seemingly innocuous suggestion to include a clear clause for consent to arbitrate investment disputes in India's 2015 draft Model Bilateral Investment Treaty. There is an intriguing absence of any explanation for this suggestion, which is curious, especially when viewed in the context of the global public debate on investor-state dispute settlement clauses. This suggestion requires robust public debate in India and must not silently sail past.

JVs, FDI and Technology Transfer

Joint Ventures, International Investment and Technology Transfer edited by Nirvikar Singh and Sugata Marjit; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2003; pp 404 + xxii, Rs 650.

International Financial Liberalisation

Theory offers a number of plausible benefits from international financial liberalisation. However, a careful examination of available empirical literature on the subject suggests much less reason to be sanguine about the benefits. In view of the widelynoted concerns regarding short-term indebtedness, a strong case can be made for the setting of prudential limits on the amount of short-term debt that a country can accumulate. Somewhat less clear is what steps need to be taken to reduce vulnerability due to uncovered long-term foreign currency borrowing.

Private Capital Inflows to the Caribbean

This paper analyses trends and determinants of private foreign direct investment in the Caribbean region. The data show that net capital inflows have been significant in most countries since 1988. The sectors attracting most foreign investment are the natural resource industries, tourism, manufacturing and services. The source of most capital inflows is the US. Primarily because of their high degree of openness, Caribbean countries will continue to depend on capital inflows to generate capital formation.

Globalisation and the Budget

Indian institutions such as the law courts, ports, customs, taxation, stock exchanges, banks and others relating to infrastructure creation and maintenance do not function efficiently. Unless India urgently undertakes vital reforms to set its institutions right, higher levels of growth and development may not be possible.
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