Reform Potential Of New Government To Improve Foreign Capital Flows: S&P
The victory for the ruling Narendra Modi government removes one significant source of uncertainty for Corporate India, says S&P Global Ratings. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Reform Potential Of New Government To Improve Foreign Capital Flows: S&P

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decisive victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections will result in continuity and stability in the government’s reforms policy, leading to improvement in foreign capital flows for corporates in India, S&P Global Ratings, a unit of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC, said on Monday.

According to S&P Global Ratings, the victory for the ruling Modi government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, removes one significant source of uncertainty for corporate India.

Indian corporates remain hostage to a number of worries surrounding a slowdown in global growth and trade wars, but now the continuity of the government—which was widely cited as an additional source of uncertainty in the run-up to the elections—is no longer one of them, said S&P.

"The potential for reforms following the victory is likely to maintain buoyancy in local funding markets and improve the flow of foreign capital for corporates in India," the ratings agency said in a statement.

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The Modi-led BJP has won 303 seats out of 542 in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The first couple of years after an election in India's five-year election cycle has historically seen more opportunities for administrative reform and measures to facilitate ease of doing business.

"A decisive majority further assures foreign investors for whom continuity and policy stability are key investment considerations in emerging markets," S&P said.

It said improvements in India's bankruptcy code, simplification of the country's tax regime, and privatisation of inefficient state-owned enterprises are all likely to create opportunities for private enterprises going forward.

In addition, a focus on the revival of private consumption may boost growth in much-needed private investment.

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