A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.07
July 07, 2022
All Authorised Persons
Investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) in Debt – Relaxations
Attention of Authorised Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks is invited to the paragraph 3 of the press release on “Liberalisation of Forex Flows” dated July 06, 2022 regarding relaxations in the regulatory regime under the Medium-Term Framework. A reference is also invited to:
- the Foreign Exchange Management (Debt Instruments) Regulations, 2019 notified vide Notification No. FEMA. 396/2019-RB dated October 17, 2019, as amended from time to time, and the relevant directions issued thereunder; and
- the A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 31 dated June 15, 2018 (hereinafter, Directions), as amended from time to time.
2. In terms of paragraphs 4(b)(i) and 4(b)(ii) of the Directions, short-term investments by an FPI in government securities (Central Government securities, including Treasury Bills and State Development Loans) and corporate bonds shall not exceed 30% of the total investment of that FPI in any category. It has been decided that investments by FPIs in government securities and corporate bonds made between July 08, 2022 and October 31, 2022 (both dates included) shall be exempted from the limit on short-term investments till maturity or sale of such investments.
3. In terms of paragraph 4(b)(ii) of the Directions, FPI investments in corporate bonds were subject to a minimum residual maturity requirement of one year. It has been decided to allow FPIs to invest in commercial papers and non-convertible debentures with an original maturity of up to one year, during the period between July 08, 2022 and October 31, 2022 (both dates included). These investments shall be exempted from the limit on short-term investments till maturity or sale of such investments.
4. AD Category – I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.
5. The Directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions/approval, if any, required under any other law.
6. These Directions shall be applicable with immediate effect.
Chief General Manager