Moody's raises India's bond rating, expects reforms to foster growth
Moody`s Investor Services lifted the Government of India`s local and foreign currency debt ratings to Baa2 from Baa3, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will enhance India`s high growth potential.
The rating agency said that the reforms will improve the business climate in the country and raise productivity.
Moody`s also changed its rating outlook to stable from positive, saying that at the Baa2 level the risks to India`s credit profile were broadly balanced.
Moody`s said the recently-introduced goods and services tax (GST), a landmark reform that turned India`s 29 states into a single customs union for the first time, will promote productivity by removing barriers to interstate trade.
"In the meantime, while India`s high debt burden remains a constraint on the country`s credit profile, Moody`s believes that the reforms put in place have reduced the risk of a sharp increase in debt, even in potential downside scenarios," the ratings agency said in a statement.
Moody`s expects India`s real GDP growth to moderate to 6.7 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2018 from 7.1 percent a year earlier.
Moody`s also raised India`s local currency senior unsecured debt rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and its short-term local currency rating to P-2 from P-3.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi eased tax requirements last month for small- and medium-sized companies in response to growing criticism of its economic stewardship.
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