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Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

Biggest Foreign Investment: Mukesh Ambani On New Deal

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mukesh-ambani-1524827590-1552190MUMBAI: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced a partnership between his Reliance Industries’ telecom arm, Reliance Jio Infocomm, and Microsoft to “accelerate the digital transformation of our country”.
As part of the “globally unique long-term alliance”, Mr Ambani said, Jio will set up a network of large world-class data centres across India and Microsoft will bring its cloud platform Azure into the telecom company’s data centres.
“Today, digital technology is transforming every place, every industry, everything,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who joined Mr Ambani at Reliance Industries’ 42nd Annual General Meeting through video conferencing.
Reliance Industries Ltd is set to sell a 20 per cent stake in its oil to chemicals business to Saudi Aramco in one of the largest foreign investments in the country, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Monday.
“(This is) the biggest foreign investment in the history of Reliance,” Mr Ambani said at the company’s annual general meeting in Mumbai.”It is also amongst the largest foreign investments ever in India.”
The deal valued the business at $75 billion including debt, he said.Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, has been in talks with Reliance on the stake sale as it plans to secure new markets for its crude.Saudi Aramco will also supply 500,000 barrels a day of crude oil on a long-term basis to RIL’s Jamnagar refinery, Mr Ambani said.
“This signifies perfect synergy between the world’s largest oil producer and the world’s largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex,” he added. The partnership will cover all of Reliance’s refining and petrochemical assets, including its 51 per cent stake in the petroleum retail joint venture, he said.(With Agency Inputs ).

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