India is becoming more attractive to foreign firms but its path of reforms, including the implementation of the GST, will not be easy, an article in a state-run Chinese daily said today.
“As low-cost manufacturing is gradually moving away from China, it is now critical for India and even the world whether it can replace China as the next ‘world’s factory’, an article in the Global Times said.
The Indian government has rolled out “aggressive reforms” aimed at unifying the country’s market, which is very attractive in the eyes of international investors, even though there are huge challenges such as poor infrastructure and difficulties in policy implementation across different states, the article opined.
“The new tax regime is expected to give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative because it is aimed at unifying various state and central taxes into a single tax system, thus laying the foundation for a common national market and improving India’s manufacturing competitiveness,” the article said.
“In fact, since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Make in India’ initiative in September 2014, the Indian government has been making aggressive efforts in unifying the country as a whole, with the aim of building it into an attractive manufacturing destination for global businesses,” it said.