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Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment



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by Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

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Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment

  1. 1. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Rajat Kathuria 5th March 2016
  2. 2. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Global growth remains sluggish Global growth is projected at 3.4 per cent and 3.6 per cent in 2016 and 2017, respectively. According to IMF’s WEO January 2016, growth will pick up slower than the earlier forecast in fall 2015 especially in emerging and developing economies. • Modest and uneven recovery in advanced economies and risks to the global outlook remain tilted to downside. • Emerging and developing economies are expected to grow at 4.3 per cent in 2016 and at 4.7 per cent in 2017  slow down and rebalancing of Chinese economy  Lower commodity prices  Strains in some large emerging market economies Y-o-Y, % 2014 2015 2016 World 3.4 3.1 3.4 Advanced economies 1.8 1.9 2.1 Euro area 0.9 1.5 1.7 Emerging market and developing economies 4.6 4.0 4.3 China 7.3 6.9 6.3 India 7.3 7.3 7.5 Japan 0.0 0.6 1.0 United Kingdom 2.9 2.2 2.2 United States 2.4 2.5 2.6 Recovery expected to be slower Note: Forecasts after 2014 Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, January 2016
  3. 3. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment India’s GDP growth • Economic survey projects India’s growth could be in the range of 7-7.75 per cent in the coming year • The divergence between GDP growth and other indicators such as export growth, corporate sales growth and IIP is evident. • Weak global demand may further impede India’s growth -2 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-15 Percent GDP growth new series GDP growth old series IIP Source: RBI
  4. 4. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Balance of Payments situation is comfortable • Sharp decline in energy prices has resulted in a comfortable BoP • Increase in foreign exchange reserve and decline in import bill has improved the import cover of reserve • Significant increase in the short term components in the foreign exchange reserve in recent years is an area of concern Average 2003-04 to 2007-08 (5 years) Average 2009-10 to 2013- 14 (5 years) 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Balance of Payments a) Merchandise Exports (% change) 25.3 12.2 -1.0 3.9 -0.6 b) Merchandise Imports (% change) 32.3 9.7 0.5 -7.2 -1.1 c) Trade Balance/GDP (%) -5.4 -8.9 -10.7 -7.9 -7.0 d) Invisible Balance/GDP (%) 5.1 5.7 5.9 6.1 5.7 e) Current Account Balance/GDP (%) -0.3 -3.2 -4.8 -1.7 -1.3 f) Net Capital Flows /GDP (%) 4.6 3.7 4.9 2.6 4.4 External Debt Indicators a) External Debt Stock (US$ billion) 156.5 359.0 409.4 446.3 475.8 b) Debt-GDP Ratio (%) 17.7 20.9 22.3 23.6 23.8 c) Import cover of Reserves (in Months) 14.0 8.5 7.0 7.8 8.9 e) Short-term Debt to Total Debt (%) (residual maturity) 37.6^^ 41.9 44.2 39.6 38.9 Source: RBI Annual Report (2015)
  5. 5. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Decline in Exports • Sluggish GDP growth in export destination • An income elasticity of 2.6, it implies that Indian exports should have at least grown at annual rate of about 5 percent in real terms. • Prolonged overvaluation seems to have played a major role in stymieing the exports growth in post 2008 period Period Nominal Export Growth Real Export Growth GDP Growth* REER 2002-03 to 2007-08 24.52 15.03 3.5 101 2008-09 to 2014-15 10.58 1.17 1.9 109 Source: Estimated by ICRIER team Note: *Export weighted average GDP growth of export destinations Export destinations covered accounts for 68 percent of Indian exports Income Elasticity of Indian Exports : 2.6 •Measurers announced in the budget to support export sector • Government has widened and deepened the duty drawback scheme to include more products and countries. • Government has abolished the export duty on iron ore and chromium ores. Budget also reduced the export duty on bauxite ores and concentrates. • FM announced during his budget speech that profit-linked deductions will be available for new units in SEZs commencing activity before March 31, 2020.
  6. 6. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Competitive devaluation a major source of uncertainty for trade and investment  QE and currency depreciation in advanced economies  Devaluation by few emerging economies to promote exports  REER data shows Indian Rupee still overvalued  Higher productivity growth in India is often cited as a factor which mitigates the REER overvaluation  However, a recent ICRIER Working paper finds that even the productivity adjusted REER overvaluation averaged 7.6 percent between 2008 and 2013 ( Bhagwati et al.2015). Source: CEIC database
  7. 7. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment FII outflow  Net FII withdrawal from Indian equity market was $ 6.5 billion in last seven months  Currency risk: Investors are cautious about depreciating Rupee  Safe haven: Uncertainty global financial market has made investors risk averse  Stressed corporate balance sheets in India  Uncertainty over growth numbers  MAT for capital gains also created some uncertainty among FIIs  MAT exemption in the budget – Exemption provided to foreign companies retrospectively from AY 2001-2002 subject to the foreign company not having a PE in India under the relevant DTAA or a place of business in India, by proposed amendment to section 115JB of the ITA Act, 1961 -8000 -6000 -4000 -2000 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 Jan-11 Mar-11 May-11 Jul-11 Sep-11 Nov-11 Jan-12 Mar-12 May-12 Jul-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Jan-13 Mar-13 May-13 Jul-13 Sep-13 Nov-13 Jan-14 Mar-14 May-14 Jul-14 Sep-14 Nov-14 Jan-15 Mar-15 May-15 Jul-15 Sep-15 Nov-15 Jan-16 Debt (net, ml $) Equity (net, ml $)
  8. 8. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Decline in energy prices: Not all good for India  Problems in major export destinations, particularly middle east  Large scale liquidation of funds by middle east sovereign funds will result in outflows  Adverse impact on employment and remittances generated in energy rich economies  Vulnerable global financial market due to large exposure to energy companies
  9. 9. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Policy uncertainty down, however, lack of movement big ticket reforms a concern  Policy uncertainty index is low  Delay in GST  Land acquisition bill  Lack of major push in labor market reform  Bankruptcy code Source: Economic Policy Uncertainty
  10. 10. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment  The Finance Minister announced the government’s commitment to implement the General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) from April 1, 2017  Finance Act 2015 proposed to amend the test of residency for foreign companies on the basis of PoEM (Place of Effective Management) – this has been proposed to be deferred by one year  Retrospective Taxation – Assurance that retrospective taxation which was introduced by the Finance Act, 2012 will not be resorted to in future. A High Level Committee to be chaired by Revenue Secretary will oversee implementation of the assurances  Retrospective Taxation – Proposition of a one-time scheme of Dispute Resolution subject to withdrawal of cases in courts/tribunals and arbitration/mediation proceedings under BIPA. Only tax arrears will be payable, interest and penalty shall be waived
  11. 11. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment  Transfer Pricing – As of May 2015, 500 transfer pricing disputes were pending between the revenue authorities and various multi-nationals. Government aimed to sign 120 Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) by March 31, 2016. CBDT has so far signed 41 APAs – 38 unilateral and 3 bilateral  Transfer Pricing – W.e.f June 1, 2016, if the period of limitation available to a TPO to pass an order is less than 60 days, the remaining period will be extended upto 60 days in certain cases  Acceptance of BEPS Action Plan 1 recommendation – Finance Minister has proposed Equalisation Levy (EL) through Finance Bill, 2016 at 6% for payment made to non- residents exceeding INR 1 lakh a year in case of B2B transactions. Proposition to introduce section 10(50) in the IT Act, 1961 to exempt amounts subject to EL from Income Tax
  12. 12. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Infrastructure  India is ranked 87th out of 148 countries for its infrastructure in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15.  The total investment in infrastructure, which was 5.02 percent and 7.21 percent of the GDP during the 10th and the 11th Five Year Plans respectively, is projected to go up to 8.18 percent in the 12th Plan (2012-17) at US$ 1 trillion.  An increase in infrastructure investment equivalent to one percent of GDP would translate into an additional 3.4 million direct and indirect jobs in India (McKinsey, 2013).  India has set an ambitious target to increase production of renewable energy fivefold by 2019 and halve energy imports by 2030, despite population and demand growth  Infrastructure push is evident as Government has rolled out stuck projects worth Rs 4 lakh crore (US$ 60 billion) in the past six months (ending November 2015)  Government has set up Rs 40,000 crore National Investment and Infrastructure fund of which Rs. 20,000 crore from government and the remaining from other investors Sources: RBI, McKinsey, Budget 2016-17 and International Energy Agency (IEA)
  13. 13. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Disinvestment  Finance ministry has cut its disinvestment target by 57% to Rs. 30,000 Cr from its initial Rs. 69, 500 Cr target (Financial Express, December 22, 2015)  LIC has played a crucial role in the government’s disinvestment process. LIC bought 37 % of Rs. 97620 crore raised through disinvestment in state-owned firms by the Centre since 2011-12 (Business Line, December 1, 2015).
  14. 14. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Summary Trade Vulnerabilities Global Weakness in Commodity Prices Rurban Smart Cities Digital India Capacity to Implement
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  16. 16. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Rural distress  The average annual income of the median farmer net of production costs from cultivation is less than Rs. 20,000 in 17 states (Economic Survey 2015-16).  Sharp decline in farm profitability: profitability has declined to less than 5 per cent in major crops, and is negative for others (Gulati 2016)  Successive droughts  Decline in commodity prices  In a drought year, high tax on petrol and diesel increased the cost on irrigation and transportation  Sluggish wage growth in rural areas  Several measures in the budget to address the rural distress, however, they do not seem adequate
  17. 17. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Banking Sector  Stressed assets a major concern for Indian banks, particularly the public sector banks  Dilution of Equity below 51 per cent not an option  Political hurdles  With stressed balance sheets, investors may not be enthused  Selling shares to LIC not good for the stability of the financial system  Budgetary allocation of Rs. 25000 crore for recapitalizing the banks not adequate to address the problem  Reform in appointment of board of directors. Autonomous Bank Board Bureau to improve the governance of PSU banks a right step  Banks should have autonomy to refuse developmental and social activities, which do not make economic sense
  18. 18. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Financial Regulation  Proposal to bring comprehensive central legislation to tackle illicit deposit taking schemes  The Bank Board Bureau will become operational in 2016-17  Proposed amendments in the SARFAESI Act 2002 to enable the sponsor of an ARC to hold up to 100% stake in the ARC  To provide statutory basis for a Monetary Policy Framework and a Monetary Policy Committee RBI Act 1934 is being amended though Finance Bill 2016 Source: PRS Slow progress in implementing the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission recommendations
  19. 19. Budget 2016-17: Implications for Trade and Investment Improvement in quality of government expenditure  In 2015-16, the expected growth in capital expenditure was 25.5 per cent and growth in revenue expenditure was 3.2 per cent over RE 2014- 15  Government’s focus on the infrastructure will improve the productive capacity of the economy Revenue and capital expenditure (as % of GDP)