New Delhi: Though the Covid-19 pandemic devastated multiple economies worldwide, India was an attractive investment destination during the health crisis, according to the Narendra Modi government.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) recently revealed that more than 15 companies invested almost $20 billion in the country between April and July. These were made by companies such as Google, Walmart, Facebook, Hitachi and several others.
The investments were made even after the International Monetary Fund predicted a negative growth rate of -4.9 per cent for the world economy in 2020 and also projected a sharp contraction by 4.5 per cent for the Indian economy.
ThePrint looks at what the investments were and who made them:
Google: Tech giant Google, headed by Sundar Pichai, announced Monday that it will be investing $10 billion in India over the next 5-7 years through partnerships and equity investments. The company said that it will focus on enabling affordable access to the Internet and information to every Indian in their own language among other things.
Walmart: Walmart increased its majority stake in e-commerce giant Flipkart Tuesday by announcing a new investment of $1.2 billion in the website.
Foxconn: Electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn from Taiwan, Apple Inc’s premier production partner, plans to invest $1 billion in India to expand a factory in South India.
Facebook: The social media company run by Mark Zuckerberg announced a $5.7 billion investment in Reliance Jio Platforms in April, taking a 10 per cent stake in the company. This happens to be Facebook’s largest single investment in another company.
Qualcomm Ventures: Founded in 2000, Qualcomm Ventures is a US corporate venture capital fund with over 140 active portfolio companies. The company announced its commitment to invest Rs 730 crore in Jio Platforms Tuesday.
Thomson: France-based consumer electronics company Thomson announced it decision to invest Rs 1,000 crore in India over the next 5 years to strengthen its position in the consumer electronics and home appliances market. Currently in the smart TVs market, the company is looking to launch a line of washing machines.
WeWork Global: WeWork Global, a co-working space, announced in June that it would be investing $100 million in WeWork India, the Indian wing of the company, to “boost sustainable growth”.
Hitachi: Japanese multinational company Hitachi will be investing in transformers for 400 electric locomotives in the Indian Railways worth $15.9 million.
Kia Motors: South Korean automotive manufacturer announced in May that it would invest over Rs 400 crore in its Anantpur factory in Andhra Pradesh. In October 2019, Kia Motors was one of the top 5 carmakers in India in terms of market share, leaving behind established players like Toyota and Honda.
Saudi Arabia’s PIF: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is among the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, announced in June that it will be investing over Rs 11,000 crore in Jio Platforms.
Hyundai Mobis: In April, South Korean car parts company Hyundai Mobis announced that it would expand its technical centre in India to further strengthen the software development of future vehicles. This will be its second technical centre in Hyderabad and the company plans to expand its research and development operations in the country.
Four other companies — SGS (Amazon’s partner in quality packaging), Axtria (a global cloud software and data analytics company), f5 (a company which provides app-based solutions), Tsuzuki (a Japanese electronics company) and Samsung — announced plans to open or already opened offices in India in these three months.
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