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Level playing field is needed for local companies: Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal

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Highlighting the rise of selective globalisation, co-founder said a level playing field is needed to ensure that local companies can build solutions for the Indian market and don’t get prematurely killed by foreign competition.

Level playing field is needed for local companies: Flipkart's Sachin Bansal
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba -- which has stake in Indian digital payments and e-tailer Paytm -- is also aggressively looking at tapping into the Indian market

“Another big thing that is happening across the world is the rise of anti-globalisation… it was all the time in China and US, selective globalisation rather. I meant there should be level playing field,” Bansal was quoted by PTI as saying.

According to a PTI report: Bansal has, in the past too, voiced his opinion on supporting Indian companies against ‘capital dumping’ by foreign companies.

“What we need to figure out is how do we create a level-playing field. How do we ensure news app or restaurant apps doesn’t get prematurely killed by company coming from China and just pumping in dollars from there. It should be about technology and appreciation of the product,” he was further quoted by PTI as saying.

Interestingly, Flipkart — which is locked in an intense battle for leadership with US-based Amazon in the Indian e-commerce market — has received over US $3 billion funding from investors like Tiger Global Management, DST Global, Naspers and Steadview Capital.

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba — which has stake in Indian digital payments and e-tailer Paytm — is also aggressively looking at tapping into the Indian market.

Bansal said it would be a “mistake” if Internet and technology are not considered as a “strategic sector”.

“…we are making a mistake by not thinking of Internet and technology a strategic sector and depending too much on China and the US to build that for us… We have the capability, we have the know-how to do this in India ourselves for our markets,” he was quoted by PTI as saying.

Referring to year 2016 as a “cooling off period” for investors, Bansal said the funding scenario changes cyclically but that does not change the “reality of the companies”.

“…(year) 2016 was the cooling off period. And these are the cycles that the markets go through… it will either be little bit too over-optimistic or a bit too pessimistic. The reality of the companies actually don’t change that much, the funding scenario changes drastically,” he was quoted by PTI as saying.