Decks cleared for Ikea to open in India
A substantial range of Ikea products, along with food and beverages served in its cafetarias and restaurants, is likely to be cleared by the government in a new proposal the company has placed before the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
The proposal from the Swedish furniture manufacturer would be considered, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said on Wednesday.
“Ikea has a global model as a single-brand retailer... That’s what they want, and frankly speaking, we see no reason why their global model, now that we have allowed 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail, has to be changed in any manner. The government has taken very sensitively to a note of representation that Ikea had made in this regard, and a favourable view has been taken,” Sharma told reporters.
However the size of the investment is not expected to go up from the Rs 4,200 crore cleared by FIPB earlier. Once the board approves Ikea’s proposal, it will go to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
Reacting to Sharma’s statement, a spokesperson for the company said, “The Ikea group appreciates the Indian government’s support for (our) application as per the global Ikea concept. Ikea respects the Indian government’s efforts... India is an important market and the group is now waiting for approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.”
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