World Economic Forum - India
What Next: How Fast?
India’s continuing struggle with poverty, corruption, gender and social inequality has the potential to undermine the country’s ability to remain an emerging market leader, despite a business friendly government with ambitious plans for growth and development.
This was the central theme of National Strategy Day on India, a two-day World Economic Forum meeting held in New Delhi on 3-4 November 2015.
The meeting – which attracted a 250-strong diverse audience of top business leaders from Indian and multinational companies, government officials, social entrepreneurs, thinkers, NGOs, and media – sought to discuss the apparent anomalies in India’s growth story and come up with strategies for overcoming the challenges the country faces. Speakers also emphasised the significance of increasing public-private partnerships and highlighted the importance of strengthening India’s lagging agricultural sector.
Stuart Witchell, Senior Managing Director, Hong Kong and Anuj Bugga, Managing Director, Mumbai, represented FTI Consulting at the meeting, which also drew Indian government ministers in charge of portfolios ranging from Power, Coal and Renewable Energy to Finance, Road Transport and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
The first session of the meeting was dedicated to honouring the social entrepreneurs of India, with the 2015 award going to Poonam Bir Kasturi of ‘Daily Dump’, a waste management project that helps develop products and services to help Indians compost waste at home.