New Delhi, Aug 27: Seeing an opportunity in the recent turmoil in global equity and currency markets, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said India, with 8-9 per cent growth rate, can replace China as the driver of world economy.
The country has already laid down a "red carpet" for businesses which want to invest here, he said, committing to push ahead with the government's reforms agenda.
In an interview to BBC, Jaitley said India is an investor-friendly destination and investors need not fear any retrospective legislations. "My message to the people wanting to do businesses in India is that there is a red carpet laid down for you.
India needs investments, India invites investments and we are going to be one of the more investor-friendly destination," he said, adding that the present government will never resort to retrospective taxation.
Indian economy grew by 7.3 per cent in 2014-15 and is estimated to grow by 8-8.5 per cent in the current fiscal.
"In an environment where there is a relative global slowdown, India seems to be doing reasonably well. We finished last year with 7.3 per cent growth rate, will probably finish this year with a slightly better growth rate than that and next year hopefully will be a little better," Jaitley said.
According to International Monetary Fund (IMF), India will overtake China as the fastest growing emerging economy in 2015-16 by clocking a growth rate of 7.5 per cent. On the other hand, China will witness a deceleration with growth rate sliding from 7.4 per cent in 2014 to 6.8 per cent in 2015 and 6.3 per cent a year after.
Meanwhile, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had yesterday said it will be "a long time" before India can replace China as a growth engine for the global economy, even if it grows at a faster rate.
Jaitley said, "I see this as a great opportunity. The Chinese normal has now changed. It is no longer the 9 per cent, 10 per cent, 11 per cent growth rate".