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Abstract

Presenting India’s 2019 budget on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sketched out the Modi government’s vision of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024, almost doubling the country’s current gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.73 trillion. To achieve this ambitious goal, India plans to liberalize foreign direct investment (FDI) rules and tap international bond markets to fund its budget deficit. The latter is a risky enterprise and ensures exchange rate policy becomes a future battleground. However, India’s economic growth has been slowing over the past two quarters, and the government has limited options to raise funds domestically, forcing it to look at external foreign currency borrowing. The government is betting that external borrowing combined with FDI inflows will lead to greater domestic investment and thus higher growth. 

Authors

Yagyavalk Bhatt

Research Associate Yagyavalk Bhatt is a research associate in the Transport and Urban Infrastructure program. His ongoing research portfolio at KAPSARC covers… Yagyavalk Bhatt is a research associate in the Transport and Urban Infrastructure program. His ongoing research portfolio at KAPSARC covers various projects related to economic research and analysis. These include examining the cost-benefit of rail electrification in Saudi Arabia and the potential impact and cost-effectiveness of the supply- and demand-side policies on the adoption of fuel-efficient vehicles and associated energy demand in India. His work also includes electricity market integration within the GCC and wider MENA region. He has authored and contributed to numerous research papers and studies related to the transportation and electricity sectors. Yagyavalk has a master’s degree in renewable energy management and engineering and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication.

Expertise

  • Road Transport
  • Rail
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicles
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Clean Energy Fuels

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Paul Mollet

Paul Mollet

Research Fellow Paul was a research fellow in the Policy and Decision Sciences program. He is a former journalist and energy market… Paul was a research fellow in the Policy and Decision Sciences program. He is a former journalist and energy market analyst with over 25 years of experience in international energy markets. He opened the first Gulf Cooperation Council bureau for the oil price reporting agency S&P Global Platts in Dubai in 1989 and later launched the first regional office for Argus Media. Paul has attended numerous OPEC meetings and written extensively about the oil industry in publications such as Platts Oilgram News, Argus Global Markets, and the Petroleum Economist. He was also the senior advisor to the Secretary-General at the World Energy Council (WEC).    

Jitendra Roychoudhury

Research Fellow Jitendra is a research fellow in the Transport and Urban Infrastructure program. His ongoing research portfolio at KAPSARC covers various… Jitendra is a research fellow in the Transport and Urban Infrastructure program. His ongoing research portfolio at KAPSARC covers various issues related to economics, energy and freight, transport policy developments in India, and the impact of such policies on global energy markets. He is currently working on the nascent hydrogen industry, researching the impact of hydrogen, green ammonia and other low carbon fuels on freight, maritime, aviation, industry and geopolitics. Before joining KAPSARC, Jitendra was director and chief consultant at HDR Salva, India. He has worked extensively as a commodity consultant within India’s energy and infrastructure sectors, advising on developing commodity market entry strategies. He has authored and contributed to numerous consulting studies related to coal and coal policy in India, Indonesia and China. Jitendra has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pune, India, and a postgraduate diploma in business management from Welingkar’s Institute of Management, Mumbai.

Expertise

  • Freight
  • Railway and Trucking
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Oil & Gas
  • Coal & Solid Fuels
  • Hydrogen

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