Weekly Current Affairs

Notice

  • India needs $150 billion to $300 billion of equity over next five years to drive infrastructure investments.
  • The NIIF, which will start operations with a first-phase corpus of $6 billion, would focus on equity and quasi-equity investments at a scale never seen before in India as it will be six times larger than the biggest infrastructure fund currently.
  • By the most conservative standards, as per McKinsey, India needs to invest $450 billion over the next five years. The government of India estimates are about double that.
  • As the private or public sectors can’t meet this investment demand on their own, the NIIF will work on creating smart public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund projects of unprecedented scale and will also continuously suggest policy improvements to support infrastructure sector investments.
  • Issue with infrastructure sector in India : Capital being invested on a fragmented basis by companies that had relatively little access to equity and as a result, they took a more short-term development oriented approach to investing.