In an attempt to simplify the process of entry into AP,
a centralized Documentation and Clearances Centre has
been set up, which helps entrepreneurs and business houses
take all clearances through one consolidated application.
The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation
and the State Finance Corporation provide further assistance
in infrastructure. The Commisionerate of Industries, on
behalf of the investor, can take sanctions for power,
water and other amenities. For smoother functioning, the
Andhra Pradesh Government works in close association with
the Foreign Investment Promotion Board of the Government
Centralised Documentation and Clearances
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has set up the CDCC
as part of the Commissionerate of Industries, to assist
business houses with large and medium scale projects
in obtaining clearances/approvals/services required,
in a time-bound manner. A district cell of the CDCC
caters to the needs of units coming up in the small-scale
- To provide guidance and information needed by the
entrepreneur to make the investment decision.
- To expedite clearances/approvals/permissions required
by entrepreneurs, for setting up industries.
- Provide escort services to help in obtaining clearances/approvals/permissions
from the various departments/agencies concerned.
The CDCC also maintains data pertaining to the industrial
Entrepreneurs memorandum, Letters of Intent, Export
Oriented Unit registration and COB, for business houses,
from the date of receiving it, until the industrial
unit commences production. In addition, it keeps details
of progress of implementation by each industrial unit
and deals with industry/unit specific issues.
Foreign Investment Promotion Board: (FIPB)
The objective of the Board will be to promote the inflow
of foreign direct investment into India
(i) by undertaking investment activities and
(ii) through facilitating investment in the country
by international companies, non-resident Indian and
other foreign investors in projects which are considered
to be of benefit to the Indian economy but do not qualify
for automatic approval by the RBI and/or are outside
the parameters of the existing policy for clearance
of investment proposals. The Board shall consider all
investment proposals with or without technical collaboration
and/or industrial license.
The main functions of the Board will be as follow:
- To ensure expeditious clearances of the proposals
for foreign investment.
- To review periodically the implementation of the
proposals cleared by the Board.
- To review, on a continuous basis the general and
sectoral policy regimes relating to the FDI and in
consultation with the Administrative Ministries and
other concerned agencies, evolve a set of transparent
guidelines for facilitating foreign investment in
- To undertake investment promotion activities including
establishment of contact with and inviting selected
international companies to invest in India, in appropriate
- To interact with the Industry Associations/Bodies
and other concerned government and non-government
agencies on relevant issues, in order to facilitate
increased inflow of FDI.
- To identify sectors into which investment may be
sought, keeping in view the national priorities and
also the specific regions of the world from which
investment may be invited through special efforts.
- To interact with the Foreign Investment Promotion
council (FIPC) being constituted separately in the
Ministry of Industry
- To undertake all other activities for promoting
and facilitating foreign direct investment, as considered
necessary from time to time.
The Board will submit its recommendations to the Government
from time to time.
The FIPB meets on a fixed day every week to ensure
quick disposal of the cases and may have more frequent
meetings whenever considered necessary. Foreign investment
proposals received by the Board's Secretariat should
be put up to the Board within 15 days of receipt and
the Administrative Ministers must offer their comments
either prior to and/or during the meeting of the FIPB.
It is the endeavour of the FIPB to ensure that, as far
as possible, the Government's decisions on a FDI proposal
are communicated to the applicant within six weeks.
The Board has the flexibility of purposeful negotiation
with the investors and will consider project-proposals
in totality, free from parameters, in order to ensure
maximum Foreign Direct Investment into the country.
It will function as a transparent, effective and investor-friendly
single window, providing clearance for foreign investment
proposals. The Board will lay down its own mode and
working procedures, keeping in view the requirements
of each proposal considered by it.
The recommendations of the FIPB in respect of the
project-proposals each involving a total investment
of Rs. 600 crores or less would be considered and approved
by the Industry Minister. The recommendations in respect
of the projects each with a total investment of above
Rs. 600 crores would be submitted to the Cabinet Committee
on Foreign Investment (CCFI) for a decision. The CCFI
would also consider the proposals which may be referred
to it or which have been rejected by the Industry Minister.
The letters of approval in all cases, will be issued
by the Secretariat of the FIPB.
There is only one Secretariat of FIPB to be located
in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion,
Ministry of Industry. This Secretariat receives and
processes the application/proposals for foreign investment
and places them before the FIPB for consideration. Thereafter,
it submits the recommendations of the Board to the Industry
Minister or CCFI, as the case may be, for a decision.
The Secretariat will ensure that all the applications
received by it are put up before the FIPB within 15
days of their receipt and that the Administrative Ministries
must offer their comments either prior to and/or during
the meeting of the FIPB.
The Secretariat will also be responsible for the following:
1. Communicating to the applicants, the decision of
the Government on their proposals
2. Carrying out the activities relating to post-approval
3. Providing advice and guidance to the entrepreneurs