Oil-rich Kuwait plans to double investments in India; eyes joint projects in third nation

Source: The Economic Times, Feb 06, 2019

Oil-rich Kuwait is planning to double its investments in India from the current five billion dollars taking advantage of the country’s growth story and also exploring third country joint projects with Delhi.

The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) has currently invested five billion USD and plans to double this, senior sources told ET. Kuwait is also planning to enter into third country joint projects on the lines of joint Kuwait-Japan investments in third countries, sources indicated.
India and UAE have entered into third country project in Ethiopia. Delhi has similar plans with Saudi Arabia.

Historically, Indo-Kuwaiti relations have always had an important trade dimension. India has consistently been among the top ten trading partners of Kuwait. During 2017-18, Kuwait was the ninth largest oil supplier to India and it meets about 4.63% of India’s energy needs. “India is looking for a substantial Kuwaiti investments in oil & gas sector. Large business houses of Kuwaiti also have investible surpluses,” according to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) brief on India-Kuwait ties.

Total non-oil bilateral trade between India and Kuwait increased by about 11%, from $ 2,150.63 million in 2015-16 to $ 2,405.40 million in 2017-18. India’s non-oil exports to Kuwait are showing a positive trend for the past few years. Non-oil export from India to Kuwait increased by about 19.60%, from $ 1,240.54 million in 2015-16 to $ 1,361.06 million in 2017-18, according to MEA.

Total bilateral trade with Kuwait during 2015-16 was $ 6.2 billion. India’s exports to Kuwait grew by 4% ($ 1.24 billion) in 2015-16 vis-à-vis 2014-15. India’s exports to Kuwait included food items, cereals, textiles, garments, electrical and engineering equipment, machinery and mechanical appliances, cars, trucks, buses, tyres, chemicals, jewellery, handicrafts, metal products, iron and steel, etc, the MEA brief added.

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UP to launch industrial, infra projects worth Rs 500 billion next month

Source: Business Standard, Nov 29, 2018

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government will launch industrial and infrastructure projects totalling Rs 500 billion across different sectors next month.

These projects are part of the Rs 4.68 trillion worth of memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with public and private sector companies during the ‘UP Investors Summit’ here on 21-22 February, 2018.

On July 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid foundation of projects worth Rs 600 billion. Inaugurating the Summit, Modi had also exhorted UP and Maharashtra to compete for emerging as the country’s first trillion dollar economies.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who has been busy in campaigning in poll bound states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh over the past few week, on Tuesday night reviewed the progress of the projects lined up for the second ground breaking ceremony slated for the second week of December in Lucknow. Read the rest of this entry »

Germany’s Blaupunkt to invest $300 million in TV business in India in next 5 years

Source: LiveMint.com, Sept 12, 2018

New Delhi: German consumer electronics maker Blaupunkt will invest around $300 million (₹2,158 crore) in television business in India in next 3 to 5 years along with its India partner, said a top company official.

The investment would be made by Blaupunkt and Trigur Electronics jointly on marketing/branding and manufacturing at Trigur’s plant in Sonepat, Haryana.Blaupunkt, which would sell its products in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh besides India, aims to have a business of ₹500 crore in next 12 months.

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Virgin Hyperloop One may invest $450 million for demo track in India

download (2).jpgSource: Financial Express, Jun 20, 2018

Pune: Futuristic transport solutions company Virgin Hyperloop One may invest around $450 million in India to turn its hyperloop vision into reality. Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) CEO Kiran Gitte said the Richard Branson-backed company was ready to invest the said amount for a demonstration track, provided the state government gave them the ‘right of way’ and the land required for the stations.

The demo track is slated to come up near the IT hub of Pune in Hinjewadi. The starting and ending points are yet to be finalised, Gitte said. Virgin Hyperloop and the Maharashtra government — through PMRDA — had signed a memorandum of understanding in February this year to build the first hyperloop in India.The hyperloop route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport and Mumbai in 25 minutes. It is expected to be operational by 2024. It is also expected to eventually support 150 million passenger trips annually, saving more than 90 million hours of travel time and also reduce emission as the hyperloop transportation is 100% electric.

 

Indian investments in South Africa touch $4 billion

Source: The Hindu Business Line, May 06, 2018

New Delhi: Around 140 Indian companies have invested close to $4 billion in South Africa, creating direct employment for 18,000 people, according to a report.

Sectors where Indian companies have made significant investments include healthcare and pharmaceuticals, IT, automobile industry and finance. Leading Indian companies that have invested in South Africa are Wipro, Coal India, Cipla, HCL Technologies, Tata Motors, Zomato and Mahindra and Mahindra.

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Hiranandani family to invest Rs3,500 crore in oil and gas business

Source: LiveMint.com, Mar 26, 2018

Mumbai: Niranjan Hiranandani’s family is investing around Rs3,500 crore to build liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals in Maharashtra and West Bengal, in a diversification for the Mumbai developer who built the iconic 250-acre Hiranandani Gardens township in suburban Powai.

Led by Darshan Hiranandani, Niranjan’s son, H-Energy (formerly known as Hiranandani Energy) expects to start commercial operation of its first LNG terminal at Jaigarh in Maharashtra by October. The Hiranandanis are spending around Rs 1,700 crore in setting up the terminal and laying down a 60 km pipeline from Jaigarh to Dabhol that is expected to be ready by May 2018.

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UP opens agro market worth Rs 600 billion for private investment

Source: Business Standard, Mar 08, 2018

Lucknow: In a major agro reforms action, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to throw open the state’s organised farm produce market estimated at over Rs 600 billion for private investment and participation.

The Adityanath cabinet has approved amendment to UP Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act, 1964 allowing the setting up of private mandis to give competition to the government-run mandis operated by UP Mandi Parishad.

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