Summit Notebook

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Audio – IT no longer India’s “it” sector

ubs-manisha.jpgIndia’s information technology firms may no longer be the “darlings” of the economy as they suffer from the subprime fallout, but that’s not such a bad thing, says Manisha Girotra, managing director and chairperson for UBS India. A healthy dose of difficult times may help diversify an economy that’s a little too in love with its outsourcing and technology titans, she told the told Reuters India Investment Summit on Thursday.

To hear Girotras comment, please click ubs-manisha-girotra.mp3

Audio – $20 billion and counting as India shops abroad

chanda-pic.jpgTata Steel’s $13 billion deal to buy Corus this year was the tip of India’s acquisition iceberg, says the top financier of India’s ICICI bank, the largest in the private sector. Chanda Kochhar, who is also the bank’s joint managing director, said at the Reuters India Investment Summit in Mumbai that cashed-up corporates will keep shopping abroad to access new markets or lock in raw materials — providing a nice pipeline of potential deals for a bank that had a piece in 88 percent of outbound investments this year. To hear Kochhar’s comment, please click icici-bank-chanda-kochhar.mp3

Audio – Merrill’s Holland sees rural growth, infrastructure powering India’s economy

andrew-holland-2.jpgRural development and rising investment in infrastructure will power economic growth in India to 10 percent over the next three years but the software and real estate sectors could suffer from a slowdown in the west and a rising rupee, Andrew Holland, managing director of DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd’s Strategic Risk Group told Reuters India Investment Summit on Wednesday. Holland, who has been in India more or less 10 years, expected the oil and gas sector to be one to watch and said power would get a boost from infrastructure spending. 

To hear Holland’s comments, click on holland-rural-growth.mp3

Audio – Reliance may make world-scale buy in energy sector

atul-chandra-2.jpgReliance Industries Ltd.’s Atul Chandra, president of the firm’s international oil business, says it would think big if it went shopping abroad. Chandra, who leads Reliance’s hunt for oil and gas business, told the Reuters India Investment Summit the country’s biggest listed firm has plenty of financial muscle if it wants to make an overseas acquisition.

Reliance Industries, which has a market cap of more than $100 billion, owns the world’s third largest refinery and hopes eventually to produce about 300,000 barrels per day of oil overseas.

Audio – Tata Sons’ Rosling sees no major impact of credit crunch on firm

While there’s a lot of nervousness about the global implications of a possible slowdown in the U.S. economy from the subprime crisis, rosling-pic.jpgIndia’s Tata Group has not seen a significant fallout from the credit crunch and does not expect it will have a big impact on its acquisition appetite. Alan Rosling, executive director at Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata Group, said on the first day of the Reuters India Investment Summit in Mumbai on Wednesday that it was difficult to know how the credit crunch was going to play out but Tata had a strong balance sheet and if it needed to finance deals differently, it would do so.

Tata Group’s business interests range from autos to steel and salt to software.