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India now in league of US, UK in global financial sector: PM Modi

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the ‘International Financial Services Centres Authority’ (IFSCA) headquarters and the launch of India’s first International Bullion Exchange-IIBX at GIFT City, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on Friday, July 29, 2022. (ANI Photo)

By: India Weekly Staff

INDIA is among the biggest economies in the world and is now joining the league of global financial centres like the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore, prime minister Narendra Modi said in Gandhinagar, the capital of the western state of Gujarat where he is on a two-day visit, on Friday (29).

Modi, who laid the the foundation stone for the headquarters building of the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA), said, “Today in the 21st century, finance and technology are linked to each other. And when it comes to technology, science and software, India has an edge and experience. Today India alone has 40 per cent share in real-time digital payments all over the world.”

He also launched on the occasion the India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX), India’s first international bullion exchange, and NSE IFSC-SGX Connect.

He said that foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into India have risen to a record high in recent years.

In the last eight years, the country has witnessed a new wave of financial inclusion. Even the poorest of the poor are joining formal financial institutions. Today, when a large population has joined finance, it is the need of the hour that government organisations and private players move together, he said.

While India has received its highest ever FDI inflow of Rs 6,31,050 crore (£65.7 billion) in the financial year 2021-22, FDI equity inflow in manufacturing sectors has increased to Rs 1,58,332 crore (£16.5 billion) in the financial year 2021-22 from Rs 89,766 crore (£9.35 billion) (FY 2020-21), which is an increase of 76 per cent, according to data presented by the government in the parliament on Friday.

Addressing the event at GIFT City, Modi said IFSCA will become an enabler and support innovation and also become a catalyst for growth opportunities.

The IFSCA, headquartered at GIFT City, Gandhinagar Gujarat, has been established under the International Financial Services Centres Authority Act, 2019 and works as a unified authority for the development and regulation of financial products, financial services and financial institutions in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in India.

At present, the GIFT IFSC is the maiden international financial services centre in India.

[With ANI inputs]

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