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India - Economic developments in India : achievements and challenges (English)

Over the last four years since the macroeconomic crisis in 1991, the Indian economy has undergone substantial changes. Almost all areas of the economy have been opened to domestic and foreign private investment. Import licensing restrictions on intermediates and capital goods have been virtually eliminated. Tariffs have been significantly reduced and full convertibility has been established for current account transactions. In the financial sector, prudential regulations that meet international standards have been introduced; banks now have significantly more discretion in their lending decisions; financial markets have been liberalized; and entry restrictions have been eliminated. The external accounts have strengthened considerably and, although still a major obstacle to higher growth, central fiscal imbalances are lower. This report highlights a large unfinished agenda. First, all reforms, which are part of the program articulated since 1991, need to be followed through to completion. In addition, agriculture, which historically has contributed extensively to poverty reduction, requires a more focused effort. Second, an urgent and appreciable improvement in public savings - embracing reduction of the fiscal deficits of the central and state governments, and improving substantially the efficiency of public enterprises - is necessary. It is critical for restoring the capacity of the public sector to invest and for accommodating higher levels of private investment. Such levels of private investment, particularly in infrastructure and social services such as primary education, are needed to achieve and sustain rates of growth and poverty reduction comparable to higher performing countries in Asia. Third, failure to correct fiscal imbalances would implicate and ultimately undermine external sector policies. Over the last two years, the challenge has been to prevent surpluses in the capital account from causing the nominal and real exchange rates to appreciate, and thereby, from reducing export growth. Careful and cautious management of these external accounts needs to continue in the foreseeable future, whether the challenge is large capital inflows or outflows. At the same time, international experience indicates that a strong fiscal position has a central role in managing effectively the capital and current accounts of the balance of payments. Fourth, in an economy which was driven for four decades by increases in public investment, maintaining dynamic growth requires a dramatic increase in private investment in infrastructure. Recent changes in the policy framework provide ample scope for this needed private sector involvement, and private investors have expressed interest in participating in the sector.

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  • Document Date

    1995/10/31

  • Document Type

    Publication

  • Report Number

    15036

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    India,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    India - Economic developments in India : achievements and challenges

  • Keywords

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India - Economic developments in India : achievements and challenges (English). A World Bank country study Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/854301468774913995/India-Economic-developments-in-India-achievements-and-challenges