The webinar was a collaborative event to mark the launch of the White paper titled “Improving India’s Competitiveness for Inclusive Economic Growth.” The paper has been prepared after a series of extensive consultations with experts and stakeholders in the recent past. Advocating to improve the competitiveness as the best option for economic growth at a reasonably high rate while also addressing the challenges of employment creation and income, the white paper calls for an enabling environment for ‘Samaj, Sarkar and Bazar’ to work together. Mr K Keshava Rao, MP Rajya Sabha and Chairman Standing Committee on Industry, and Mr Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog launched the paper. The panel consisted of representations from the policy, industry, research, and academia, comprising Mr Deep Kapuria, Chairman, The Hi-Tech Group, Co-Chair, CII National Committee on International Trade and Trade Policy; Dr Rajat Kathuria, Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University; Prof Rajiv Lall, Pofessorial Research Fellow, Singapore Management University; Dr Bornali Bhandari, Senior Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER); and, Ms Mythili Bhusnurmath, Consulting Editor, The Economic Times. Mr Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International moderated the event. Prof Nagesh Kumar summarised the discussions of the panel.
The white paper ideates four priority areas for action – investment in intangible assets including skills, education, and human resource development; better intra- and inter-sectoral cooperation at firm level; ensuring fair competition; and, modernisation of public institutions, to make the domestic economy a unified and seamless market.
The YouTube link of the webinar is available here.