"A robust corporate bond market is imperative to meet the funding needs of the emerging Indian economy. Concerted policy and regulatory reforms hold the key for the private sector to meet its target share of 47 percent in total infrastructure investment during the 12th Plan," CII director general Chandrajit Banerjee said.

As per findings of the survey, 57 percent of industry stakeholders, including issuers, investors, market makers, credit rating agencies and technical experts believe that the actual potential of corporate bond market as a percentage of GDP is 12.5 to 15 percent which could be realized with the help of policy and regulatory reforms.

Regarding the impediments in the way of corporate bond market in realizing its full growth potential, industry stakeholders said lack of conducive regulatory framework, inexistence of incentives and support mechanisms for willing market makers and inadequate credit enhancement facility were the biggest challenges in deepening of the market in India.

To address these issues, industry stakeholders expect a slew of measures to be undertaken by Ministry of Finance and regulators (RBI and SEBI) which would encourage the private sector to mobilize long term resources from the debt market.

Industry stakeholders suggested that strong bankruptcy laws must be formulated by amendments to SARFAESI Act to enable recovery of bond holder dues by Debenture trustees through Debt Recovery Tribunals, standardizing documentation, and mandating use of unified market conventions for standardization, the survey said.

(Agencies)

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