World Economic Forum on India 2012

From Deliberation to Transformation
National Capital Region, Gurgaon, India 6-8 November 2012

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Can India acquire appropriate and efficient retail systems?


I think we can all agree that efficiency is desirable in all systems. After all, this is the basis of nature itself. Hopefully, we can also agree that technology, when correctly deployed, enhances efficiency further. Why then, when an efficient, low-waste, high-value retail sector lies within India’s grasp, does it remain stubbornly elusive?

The global retail systems have transformed since the advent of the Information Age, and...

Date posted: November 8, 2012
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Ten steps to make India a healthy nation


India has the unenviable distinction of having the largest number of diabetics in the world, and 80% of all deaths in urban India are attributed to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors are leading to tremendous costs in terms of healthcare delivery and lost productivity. So while India has experienced impressive economic growth and a rise in disposable incomes in the past two decades, the rapid rise in NCDs has taken a heavy...

Date posted: November 8, 2012
Session Summary

From Deliberation to Transformation

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Key Points

  • The Indian economy is set to strengthen in the second six months of this fiscal year and could hit 7% growth next year.
  • The latest reforms signal the government’s intent to take action, but the majority of the implementation has to be by the states.
  • The fiscal deficit will be reduced from 6% to 3% of GDP by 2016, but the government is struggling to ease clearances on infrastructure projects.
  • The Chief Minister of Haryana called on participants to counter the global cynicism surrounding free market economics and...
Date posted: November 8, 2012
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How can India unleash the full potential of its youth?


It is always exciting to meet tomorrow’s business leaders – talented individuals just starting out in the workplace. These literate, innovative and hardworking young people are the fuel that will power India’s future economic growth.

But for India to develop and engage this demographic effectively for long-term success, it will first need to unleash the unique potential each of these individuals possesses. This means engaging with...

Date posted: November 8, 2012
Session Summary

An Insight, an Idea with Mallika Sarabhai


Key Points

  • The state of women in contemporary India is extremely problematic and will have a damaging effect on the country’s economic development if not properly addressed.
  • Negative gender stereotypes are replicated on all levels of society.
  • The arts are a particularly powerful channel for raising awareness about social issues and changing mindsets.

 Synopsis

Mallika Sarabhai, Director, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, India, performed a short theatre piece in which a schoolteacher gets raped by...

Date posted: November 8, 2012