The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), housed in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, is an inter-ministerial body, responsible for processing of FDI proposals and making recommendations for Government approval. The extant FDI Policy, Press Notes and other related notified guidelines formulated by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry are the bases of the FIPB decisions. In the process of making recommendations, the FIPB provides significant inputs for FDI policy-making.
FIPB comprises of the following Secretaries to the Government of India:
(i) Secretary to Government, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance – Chairperson
(ii) Secretary to Government, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
(iii) Secretary to Government, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
(iv) Secretary to Government, Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs
(v) Secretary to Government, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.
The Board would be able to co-opt other Secretaries to the Central Government and top officials of financial institutions, banks and professional experts of Industry and Commerce, as and when necessary. The Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises and the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Revenue have been co-opted on the Board.
The Minister of Finance who is in-charge of FIPB would consider the recommendations of FIPB on proposals with total foreign equity inflow of and below Rs. 3000 crore. The recommendations of FIPB on proposals with total foreign equity inflow of more than Rs. 3000 crore would be placed for consideration of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).