Predictable investment environment key for India: Russian fund
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Chief Executive Officer Kirill Dmitriev's comments come in the backdrop of uncertainty over Sistema's investments in India following the cancellation of the telecom major's 21 licences.
"It is very important to have predictability. Investors want predictability. It is very very important... such as that the investment is not going to be taken away etc," Dmitriev said.
"So, I think, if India can focus and communicate that it has a predictable investment environment, the more success it (India) will have," he said in response to a query regarding his expectations from India.
Dmitriev, who was in the country as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin's official visit, emphasised that India has tremendous growth potential.
With an investment of more than $3 billion, Russian telecom firm Sistema holds 56.68 per cent stake in Shyam Sistema Teleservices.
Out of 22, SSTL's 21 licenses were cancelled by the Supreme Court in February this year on the grounds that a total 122 permits issued during the time of former Telecom Minister A Raja were 'arbitrary and unconstitutional'.
Russian government, that holds about over 17 per cent stake in Sistema, has expressed concerns over the issue.
Meanwhile, RDIF is looking for investment opportunities in India.
The sovereign wealth fund, on Monday, entered into a pact with State Bank of India for setting up a USD 2 billion investment consortium. Each
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