FDI in pharma jumps to $ 1.25 billion during Apr-Nov period

Tags: News
Foreign direct investment in the pharma sector has more than doubled to $ 1.25 billion during April-November period of the fiscal even amid concerns about the spate of acquisitions of domestic firms by MNCs.

FDI in drugs and pharmaceuticals was $ 581 million during April-November 2012, according to the latest data of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Although the DIPP had proposed tightening of norms for foreign investors in existing Indian pharmaceutical companies, including reducing the FDI cap to 49 per cent in critical verticals from 100 per cent, the Union Cabinet rejected the proposal.

The DIPP had expressed concerns that acquisitions of domestic drug companies may impact availability of affordable drugs in the country.

The government has cleared a Rs 5,168 crore proposal of US-based pharma firm Mylan Inc's to acquire Indian generic drugs company Agila Specialties.

Other big acquisitions include Shantha Biotechnics by French pharma company Sanofi-Aventis. In 2008, Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo had bought out the country's largest drug maker Ranbaxy for $ 4.6 billion.

India allows 100 per cent FDI in pharma sector through automatic approval route in the new projects, but foreign investment in the existing companies are allowed only through the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval.

Other sectors which received good FDI flows during the eight months of the current fiscal include services ($ 1.46 billion), automobile ($ 838 million), construction ($ 889 million) and chemicals ($ 482 million).

However, overall FDI during the period dipped by 2 per cent to $ 15.45 billion from $ 15.84 billion during April-November 2012.

Among countries, Mauritius topped the chart with $ 3.41 billion foreign direct investment in India during April-November 2013, followed by Singapore ($ 3.05 billion), UK ($ 3.12 billion) and the Netherlands ($ 1.5 billion).

India's economic growth fell to a decade's low of 5 per cent for the entire 2012-13 fiscal. The country needs foreign investments to help regain its growth momentum.

Post new comment

E-mail ID will not be published
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • For those who are left to survive a war-torn world, let there be peace

    The hunger games have begun, and they have started reaping our children. There is no way around it.

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

INTERVIEWS

GV Nageswara Rao

MD & CEO, IDBI Federal Life

Timothy Moe

Goldman Sachs

Chander Mohan Sethi

CMD, Reckitt Benckiser India

COLUMNIST

Urs Schöttli

Shifting sands in the Far East

As was to be expected, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe ...

Zehra Naqvi

When humanity died, bestiality prevailed

The terrorist attack that killed 132 children in Peshawar has ...

Bubbles Sabharwal

Why self-esteem must be your best friend forever

Two negatives do make a positive! Imagine no doubts, no ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture