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Chidambaram to woo foreign investors in US in Oct

PTI  New Delhi, September 15, 2013
First Published: 12:45 IST(15/9/2013) | Last Updated: 12:47 IST(15/9/2013)

Faced with a high current account deficit and declining forex reserves, finance minister P Chidambaram in his forthcoming US visit will meet foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in San Fransisco to woo investments.

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The minister will be in the United States to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, beginning October 9.

The US programme of Chidambaram also include a meeting with US treasury secretary Jacob Lew and other officials on October 13, sources said.
Following that he would meet FIIs and hedge fund managers at San Fransisco on October 14.

"The minister is scheduled to meet large fund managers during his US visit next month to attract investments," sources said.

His US visit comes at a time when the country is facing pressure on the external sector with the foreign exchange reserves dipping by over US $17 billion since March, 2013, to US $274.8 billion as on September 6.

Besides, the government and the Reserve Bank are also struggling to curb volatility in the forex market and arrest declining value of rupee, which had touched life time low of 68.86 to a dollar on August 28. The rupee on Friday closed at 63.48 to a dollar.

The Prime Minister's chief economic advisor C Rangarajan has said the government may have to drawdown $ 9 billion of foreign reserves to bridge the Current Account Deficit (CAD).

The CAD, which is the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, had soared to a record high of US $ 88.2 billion or 4.8% of GDP in 2012-13.

In the current year the CAD is expected to come down to US $ 70 billion or 3.8% of GDP.

The pressure, however, will continue on the external sector with portfolio investments expected to dip sharply to US $ 2.7 billion this fiscal from US $27 billion a year ago.
    
The overall capital flows, which include FDI, FII and ECBs, are expected to come down to US $ 61.4 billion in 2013-14 from US $ 89.4 billion a year ago.


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