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Mon Sep 2, 2013, 03:21 PM Sep 2013

Indiaís economic mess is so desperate itís considering busting sanctions on Iran

The worsening current-account deficit and the falling rupee are driving Indian policy-makers to propose moves that some might consider extreme, if not downright foolhardy.
In June, Washington exempted India and eight other countries from financial sanctions on trading with Iran for reducing their dependence on Iranian oil. India, which had already cut its imports from Iran by 27% to 13.1 million tonnes (14.4 million tons) in the last fiscal year, imported just two million tonnes in the first five months of the current fiscal year. But now India’s oil minister, Veerappa Moily, has floated a proposal to restore them to last year’s levels. According to Moily’s calculations, doing so will help India save $8.5 billion in foreign-currency reserves, since Tehran accepts payments in rupees as part of a barter system between the two countries.
The stakes are high. If India goes through with the proposal it could be cut off from the US financial system for six months. But the economic crisis could force India to tread the diplomatic tightrope. The government’s promise to bring the current-account deficit down to 3.7% of GDP from the previous year’s 4.8% has not yet bolstered confidence in the rupee. GDP data out on Aug. 30 showed that the economy was growing at its slowest pace since 2009, and manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in four years. And rising oil prices have made matters worse; India imports 80% of its oil. In the first seven months of 2013, the petroleum import bill has averaged $14.2 billion a month, compared to $13.9 billion a year earlier.
Moily’s proposal comes after prime minister Manmohan Singh last week asked the oil ministry to work out a plan to reduce the $170 billion annual oil import bill by $25 billion. It seems radical, but there aren’t too many other options. Yesterday (Sept. 1), state-owned Indian Oil Corporation, the country’s biggest oil refiner, raised petrol prices by around 4% to curb imports, but fuel price hikes are an added burden for Indian consumers, whose household budgets have been strained by inflation hovering around 6%. The government has also raised import taxes on gold, the second biggest contributor to the deficit after oil, three times this year.


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Indiaís economic mess is so desperate itís considering busting sanctions on Iran (Original Post) dkf Sep 2013 OP
yeah, India is desperate! annasmith Sep 2013 #1


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1. yeah, India is desperate!
Sun Sep 8, 2013, 12:12 PM
Sep 2013

With the new leadership in Iran being more open to the US and the west, it is possible that many of the Iranian sanctions could be lifted off. Either way, India is economically desperate at this stage, as its' GDP growth is slowing down. Still I cannot comprehend such a move that could hurt India's relations with the US. India is highly dependent on the US market, as 13 % India's exports reach the US markets compared to 4% of India's Imports from the US.

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