Business asks govt to conduct abroad borrowings


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7

At a time when high frequency economic and business indicators have turned positive in recent months, the industry has suggested demand creation measures to sustain this growth trajectory.

Demand creation along with increased spending on infrastructure will have multiplier effects on the economic growth trajectory by boosting private investments, creating new employment opportunities in the country and generating demand for commodities such as steel, cement and power, said PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sanjay Aggarwal.

To give a fillip to the economy, the financing of the planned Rs 111 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), could be through borrowings from overseas markets by issuance of overseas bonds through an SPV, he suggested.

Diversification in government borrowings will significantly reduce the dependency on the domestic market, leaving more room for the private sector to raise capital for investments.

Overseas borrowing at this juncture is a feasible option also because India has significantly better external debt to GDP ratio at 20.6 per cent.

While appreciating the reforms undertaken by the government during the last seven months, Aggarwal referred to IMF’s recent growth estimates to suggest that the India will figure among the top 10 major economies from 2021 to 2025.

Recently, a PHDCCI study estimated that the GDP growth will be around (-) 7.9 per cent for the current fiscal as compared with the median forecasts of (-) 9.3% by other forecasting organisations.



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