FIPB to consider Tata-SIA proposal on Thursday

Proposal was to be taken up last week, but FIPB meeting postponed for October 24.

Updated - November 17, 2021 05:00 am IST

Published - October 23, 2013 05:22 pm IST - New Delhi

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) will on Thursday take a call on allowing Singapore Airlines to tie up with Tatas for setting up a full-service airline, besides 29 other foreign direct investment applications.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has approached the FIPB for permission to invest $49 million in the proposed venture with Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group firms.

The proposal was to be taken up last week, but the FIPB meeting was postponed for October 24.

The venture, to be called Tata SIA Airlines Ltd, will have Tata Sons as the majority partner with 51 per cent stake, while Singapore Airlines will hold 49 per cent.

The two companies plan to set up the airline with an initial investment of $100 million.

Substantial ownership and effective control of the proposed airline will be with Tatas, according to the proposal before the FIPB, sources said. Singapore Airlines would have a minority representation on the board and “will not be in a position to have ‘de-facto’ control over the Board.”

The FIPB, headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram, will also consider eight pharma sector proposals at the meeting. These include, Castleton Investment Ltd, Mauritius — GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd, Dastag UK, Perrigo API India Pvt Ltd and Intas Pharmaceuticals.

FIPB will also take up the applications of SingTel Global (India), an arm of Singapore based telecom firm SingTel.

MY Mobile Payment, DLF Limitless Developers, Religare Enterprises, DA Vinci GmbH, Berlin and Federal Bank, are some of the other proposals to be taken up the FIPB.

As per latest data, during the April-July period, FDI inflow grew by 20 per cent to $7.05 billion, from $5.90 billion in the same period last fiscal.

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