New Delhi: As part of its mission to empower states and strengthen the interface between the government and industry, the PHD Chamber of Commerce is organising a policy conclave in New Delhi on Saturday, 7 September, with “National Ambition and Regional Aspiration” as its theme.
The conclave aims to provide an interactive platform for state policy-makers and industry leaders, and support the mission of “Making New India” with a focus on areas such as agriculture and food processing, education, skill development and employability, infrastructure, ease of doing business, industry and MSMEs.
G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, will be the chief guest at the conclave that will be held at the Taj Mahal Hotel on Mansingh Road. ThePrint is the digital media partner of this conclave.
Some of the distinguished speakers include Dr Shamika Ravi, a member of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council; Dr Omkar Rai, director-general, Software Technology Park of India and Dr Lovneesh Chanana, vice president (digital government), Asia Pacific and Japan, SAP, among others.
The PHD Chamber of Commerce is one of the country’s leading industry chambers. It has a membership base of 1,30,000 direct and indirect members, is represented in 16 states with its own offices and has MoUs with 11 partner chambers in different states.
Focus on states
Central to the conclave discussion will be the role Indian states are playing to attain national objectives. According to the conclave document, this focus is because “India is best seen not as a single economy but as an aggregation of very different state economies”.
“Thus no grand dialogue on macroeconomy is possible without getting into the fold the states that form the core of competitive federalism,” the document says. “Many of the crucial structural reforms in the economy are being carried forward by states.”
The conclave will have multiple sessions with the inaugural one focusing on India’s goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024, and the role states can play in the process.
Key participants in this session will include chief guest G. Kishan Reddy; Dr Renu Swarup, secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology; and Arun Kumar Jha, director-general, National Productivity Council, among others.
After the inaugural session, the first policy session will analyse ways to strengthen the centre-state interface. It will also acknowledge states that have performed well in certain areas through the release of a knowledge report. Shamika Ravi and Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industries, Haryana, will be some of the key participants in this session.
The second policy session will be about ways through which the government-industry interface in the states can be strengthened. Among other issues, it will look at sustainable industrial development, sustainable development goals and inclusive growth in the context of states.
Key participants will include Aditi Avasthi, CEO, Embibe – An Edtech Platform, and Lovneesh Chanana.
To boost the Biotech startup ecosystem in every state, a special session titled Biotech State Connect Session will also be held. Deepak Bagla, MD and CEO of Invest India, and Dr Mohd Aslam, MD of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), will be some of the important participants.