1 March 2019

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CBI India Update February 2019

Read the latest on India’s FDI and GDP figures and a round up on the India-Pakistan border tensions in the February India Update.

CBI India Update February 2019

February has been an action-packed month in India with several incidents related to national security. Starting with the terror strike in India’s northern most state of Jammu and Kashmir which shares a border with Pakistan, tensions escalated after both countries traded air strikes on each other’s territory. The international community is urging both nations to de-escalate tensions and to give peace a chance.  With general elections in India barely over a month away, will the current tensions have an impact on election outcomes? Read the Economist view on the India-Pakistan tensions.

While nationalist sentiments run high in the country, the economic scenario seems a little sombre.  A general slowdown in farm and manufacturing has pushed GDP growth to 6.6%, a six- quarter low. Read more here. Foreign Direct Investment too fell by 7% to US$ 33.49 billion between April and December 2018.

Meanwhile, the Indian cabinet in February approved a slew of welfare measures, sweeteners for voters ahead of the general elections expected to commence next month.

India’s interim budget 2019 was announced on 1 February 2019.


Meanwhile, here are more highlights:


  • Aero India - Around 13 UK defence and aerospace companies attended the Aero India event, reflecting the importance of the UK-India defence relationship, on 20 and 21 February 2019.
  • Petro Tech India - Around 11 leading oil and gas companies visited India between 10 and 12 February 2019 to participate in Petro Tech India.


  • Indian government’s e-commerce policy raises concerns - In a new set of guidelines on FDI by e-commerce majors, the Indian government has tightened the regulatory screws by banning sale of private labels, flash sales, deep discounts and mandated annual norm compliance submissions to the Reserve Bank of India. Find more more information on e-commerce policy.
  • UK and Indian governments discuss future migration relationship - The UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes visited India in mid-January to discuss the UK-India future immigration relationship.


  • BJP stitches up two state level alliances for 2019 - Gearing up for the elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has forged two alliances with regional parties in two states. The first is with the ruling AIADMK party in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and the second with Shiv Sena, in Maharashtra in a seat-sharing pact.



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