FM to leave tomorrow for IMF-World Bank meet in Washington
Oct 07 2013 , New Delhi
Discussions will also focus on the much-awaited quota reforms that will benefit emerging economies including India.
Chidambaram is slated to return on October 16.
Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan and Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram, among others, will also be attending the annual meetings.
The main meetings are scheduled from October 11-13, 2013 in Washington, while other events will start from October 8.
Sources said Chidambaram will meet US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on October 13.
The Finance Minister will, among other things, pitch for more overseas investments into India, which is facing tough economic conditions. India's economic growth fell to a decade low of 5 per cent in 2012-13 fiscal. In the April-June quarter of the current fiscal, it has expanded by only 4.4 per cent.
In a bid to woo foreign investments, Chidambaram will meet Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and hedge fund managers in San Fransisco on October 14, sources said.
As per latest data, FIIs have invested USD 7 billion in the Indian equity and debt markets so far in 2013.
The visit comes against the backdrop of external sector pressure with the country's foreign exchange reserves dipping by over USD 15 billion since March, 2013 to USD 276 billion as on September 27.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India rose by 12 per cent, year-on-year, to USD 1.65 billion in July. In the same month of last year, the country had received FDI worth USD 1.47 billion.