New Delhi: The net capital inflows to India are likely to increase sharply in FY’15, buoyed by the historic victory of the BJP-led NDA headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, says a Nomura report.
According to the global financial services firm, this historic victory has enthused investor confidence that the government will pursue reforms and policies that will put India back on high growth trajectory over the medium term.
“We expect a USD 25 billion balance of payments surplus in FY’15,” Nomura said in a research note.
According to the report, the import bill is likely to rise slightly on gradual relaxation in gold import restrictions and the non-gold import bill may also rise slightly as growth picks up in the latter half of FY’15.
The rise in import bill will be offset by strong exports on the back of higher global demand, it said.
“Overall, we expect the current account deficit (CAD) to remain within sustainable levels, under 2 percent of GDP in FY’15,” the report said.
According to RBI data released yesterday, in FY’14, CAD narrowed to 1.7 percent of GDP, or USD 32.4 billion, from 4.7 percent, or USD 87.8 billion, in the previous fiscal.
The decline in the deficit continues to be driven by lower gold imports and softer non-oil, non-gold demand, which helped contain the merchandise trade deficit, experts said.
British brokerage firm Barclays also believes that given the government’s measures to restrict gold imports largely remain in place, we do not think the current account deficit will widen significantly in the first half of FY’15.
CAD is expected to be lower than the earlier forecast of USD 50 billion (2.4 percent of GDP) in FY’15.
India’s current account deficit narrowed sharply to USD 1.2 billion, or 0.2 percent of GDP, in Q4 of FY’14 from USD 18.1 billion, or 3.6 percent of GDP, a year ago. In the December quarter, it stood at USD 4.2 billion or 0.9 percent of GDP.
The lower CAD was primarily on account of a decline in trade deficit as imports fell sharper than exports.