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India to consider Apple’s Make in India proposals with ‘open mind’: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Apple has sought a host of incentives to set up a manufacturing unit in India.

  • Updated: January 18, 2017 6:26 PM IST
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India would very much like the US-based iPhone maker Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India and the government will surely consider the company s proposal with an open mind . Also Read - Apple AR headset to launch in late 2022 with mac-level computing power: Kuo

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We would very much like Apple to come and have a base in India, they have a base in China, China is under stress. If a structured request come from them, we will surely consider with an open mind, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications & Information Technology, told reporters here. Apple has sought incentives to set up a unit in the country. A team of the company will give a presentation to senior officials here on January 25.

Officials from the departments of commerce, industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), revenue, environment and forest, and electronics and information technology (DeITY) would take part in the deliberations. In a communication to the government, the Cupertino-based technology major has asked for several tax and other incentives, including long-term duty exemptions, to enter the manufacturing sector in India. As many as 42 companies are making mobile phones in India, including Chinese firm Huawei and Xiaomi, and no firm has approached the government for any additional incentives. ALSO READ: Apple to meet government officials on January 25 to discuss Make in India plans

Currently, the government provides support by way of benefits under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) to boost electronic manufacturing. Apple s products are manufactured in six countries, including Korea, Japan and the US. Earlier, the Finance Ministry in May had rejected relaxing the 30 percent domestic sourcing norms as sought by the iPhone and iPad maker as a pre-condition of bringing in FDI to set up single-brand retail stores in the country. The company had sought exemption on the ground that it makes latest and cutting-edge technology products for which local sourcing are not possible. ALSO READ: Apple wants 15-year duty concession from Indian government for its Make in India plans: Report

The government had also turned down the firm s proposal to import refurbished phones and sell them in India. The company sells its products through Apple-owned retail stores in countries like China, Germany, the US, the UK and France, among others. It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro.

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  • Published Date: January 18, 2017 6:26 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 18, 2017 6:26 PM IST



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