Infrastructure is a significant challenge for India: Rothschild
In an exclusive interview with FE on the sidelines of IISS-Citi India Global Forum, Rothschild - who is from a banking dynasty which is over two-and-a-half century old with interests in several sectors in many countries—also noted that while American, Swiss and British banks have posted huge losses due to their sub prime exposure, Indian banks are on a "very stable footing" financially thanks to their conservative approach.
Though Hong Kong and Dubai have made rapid strides as an IFC, Rothschild - who as chairman and CEO of the international investment bank NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd for close to three decades during which he managed to increase the total assets of the business from £400m in 1976 to £4.6b in 2003 - said "I don't think India is late in trying to develop Mumbai as an IFC."
"We all have to be in Mumbai for financial reasons regarding investment and banking. But it is sad they (the authorities) have not done as much as they could have on improving the infrastructure," he said. Noting the improvements on the city's airport, Rothschild, however, said the authorities have to build flyovers
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