The fifth Oberoi Lecture Series: A conversation with Amitabh Kant

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The Oberoi Lecture Series, in association with Ritinjali is designed to inspire conversations and dialogue among people from diverse fields, whose perspectives inform and enrich the discussion. Past talks have featured Mr. Gautam Thapar - Chaiman of the Avantha Group, Dr. Rajendra S. Pawar - Chairman and Co-Founder of the NIIT Group, Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai - journalist, political commentator, news presenter, and Dr Ashwani Chopra Physician, Gastroenterologist, and founder of the Aashlok Hospital.

The fifth conversation of the Oberoi Lecture Series in association with Ritinjali was held at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, on 20 August with Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, who spoke on 'Changing India's Growth Trajectory'. The session opened with a discussion on the growth rate requirements of a country which is currently passing through the golden window of demographic transition. Mr. Kant spoke about creating a favourable climate to do business in India and making the country an integral part of the global supply chain, in order to bolster employment generation through a robust private sector. Stressing on the need for innovation across the sectors, Mr. Kant reinforced India's role as an emerging powerhouse of an economy in driving growth not just at home, but also among the developing countries.

Elucidating on the path towards equitable and sustainable development, Mr. Kant stressed on the need for increased women's contribution to the country's GDP, as well as the need for technology in creating a disruptionist society where bureaucratic red tape is no longer an impediment to progress.

The conversation ended with an engaging interaction with the audience. Mr. Kant concluded the session by reiterating that it is only through structural changes brought about by an aware and responsible mass of citizens that the country can forge ahead and make optimum utilisation of its demographic dividend.