India’s New Consolidated FDI Policy Available for Download

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Apr. 2 – India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has released a copy of the new consolidated FDI policy circular effective starting April 1.

The document is part of a government effort to make it easier for more foreign investments  to enter the country to help improve industrialization and socio-economic development.

In a nutshell, the new consolidated FDI policy circular compiles all prior FDI policies and regulations. It will be updated every six months with the next version slated for September 30, 2010.

India’s policy defines foreign investment as investment in an enterprise by a non-resident, irrespective of whether this involves new equity capital or re-investment of earnings. This includes two kinds: foreign direct investment and foreign portfolio investment.

A copy of the new FDI policy circular can be downloaded here.

Corporations needing advice on foreign direct investment policies may email Chris Devonshire-Ellis, managing partner for Dezan Shira & Associates in India at

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