Indian government bats for 50% FDI in e-commerce

Wednesday 8 January 2014 10:46 CET | News

In an attempt to boost the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy regime, the Indian government has circulated a discussion paper on FDI in e-commerce, online media outlet The Indian Express unveils.

According to the source, in the paper, the government has sought comments on whether 50% FDI in e-commerce should be allowed without any prior approval from the government. It has also asked whether FDI in e-commerce should encompass goods, services and intellectual property. Even if it allows FDI, the government may put in a mandatory 40% sourcing clause from small and medium enterprises. Currently, 100% FDI is allowed in business-to-business e-commerce, while business-to-consumer is prohibited.

The discussion paper also highlighted the fact that Indian e-commerce market is at a nascent stage of development. As a result, entry of global players will have adverse impact on this domestic industry, thereby leading to monopolies in e-commerce, manufacturing, logistics and retail sector.

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Keywords: India, e-commerce, foreign direct investment, business-to-business
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: World
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