"India has emerged as one of the largest global economies and the resilience of our economy is evident from the fact that the impact of the global financial crisis has been far less severe in India than other countries," the President said while addressing Business Meeting at Finpro here.

The President said Indian economy grew at 5.7 percent during the first quarter of 2014-15.

"The strong growth performance that marked our economy in the past decade, when we grew at an average rate of 7.6 percent per year, has generated keen investor interest in India.

Though our GDP growth during the last two years at sub-five percent was rather subdued, it was still higher than most major economies barring China," he said.

Mukherjee said there are now positive signals emanating that suggest a recovery is round the corner.

"With measures aimed at stimulating greater investor interest, strengthening macro-economic fundamentals and rejuvenating the infrastructure sector, the Indian economy is poised to once again achieve a seven-eight percent rate of growth," he said.

The President said external sector has strengthened with a stabilised exchange rate, fiscal position has improved because of consolidation measures, price levels have come down and manufacturing sector is showing "nascent" stages of come back besides food grains production reached record levels last year with agriculture sector recording growth at a robust 4.7 percent in 2013-14.



"Presently, our Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy is widely seen to be amongst the most liberal in the emerging economies, allowing up to 100 per cent FDI under the automatic route in several of our sectors and activities," he said, adding that it makes India an attractive destination for
investments.

The President said a growing India offers opportunities across sectors in an investor friendly environment for Finnish companies and is keen to further invigorate our bilateral engagement under the newly formed government which has chosen infrastructure and manufacturing as two key focus areas.

"Tourism is another area of immense potential in our bilateral relations. You would be happy to know that tourists from Finland can now obtain visas on arrival at Indian airports," he said.

Mukherjee said the infrastructure sector is a focus area for our economy with over a trillion US Dollars envisaged to be invested on infrastructure in coming years.

 

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