Monday, February 02, 2009

india brand equity foundation: Rural growth story the future growth story of India

feb 2nd, 2009

here are some attempts to burnish india's image. but without thorough political reform, the country cannot progress.

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From: Rajeev 

India Brand Equity Foundation CIV
February 02, 2009
Dear Mr. Rajeev,

At the IBEF Breakfast Session organised during the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Mr Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry, emphasised that the Indian economy's fundamentals remained strong and that its growth trajectory would be led by its domestic demand driven growth model.

The foreign institutional investors (FIIs) channelised investments amounting to Rs 2,155 crore (US$ 439.90 million) in debt instruments during the initial trading days of the current year. Significantly, the government has cleared foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals worth Rs 1,277.23 crore (US$ 261.29 million) on January 28, 2009.

Further, Ernst & Young has announced that the opportunities for growth in the Indian infrastructure sector continue to be promising. Meanwhile, India's growth story in the telecom space continues unabated. The country added 113.26 million new subscribers in 2008, the largest globally.

Warm regards,

Aparna Dutt Sharma
India Brand Equity Foundation
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