NEW DELHI, March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On the concluding day of the sixth edition of the prestigious ET GBS 2020, presented by Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., an Economic Times initiative, at the Taj Palace Hotel, the focus was on climate change, global economic slowdown, India's goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy, and the world's digital future, among other issues.
Day Two saw a premier gathering of policy and business leaders speaking on diverse themes such as leadership in the 2020s, the global economic slowdown, future of mobility, trends disrupting business globally, good governance, women in leadership, and the future in digital. They included Dandapani, Hindu priest and entrepreneur; Gen V.P. Malik, former Chief of Army Staff; Sri Shivananda, CTO, PayPal; Jeffrey Christopher Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, Smule; Richard Pierson, Co-Founder & CEO, Headspace, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Allen Lau, Co-founder & CEO, Wattpad; Hon'ble Minister of Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri; Hon'ble Minister of Women and Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani; Sachin Bansal, Co-founder, Flipkart; and Manish Malhotra, fashion designer, among others.
Like all editions of the GBS, the sixth edition also has several global speakers. In the session titled 'Trust in the Age of Disruption,' Tony Hall, BBC Director General, Tony Hill said: "A democracy that can't rely on access to truth is a democracy undermined. And a society in which two sides of a debate have no need to engage with one another on the basis of a genuine appreciation of what is happening is a society profoundly weakened."
Hon'ble Minister of Commerce and Railways, Piyush Goyal, expressed confidence that India's dream of becoming a $5 trillion economy is attainable. In conversation with Nayantara Rai, he said, "The Modi government's thinking is not run of the mill, we believe in creative ways to look at the problem. Our government will always engage and negotiate for the best interests of the country. We will ensure that Indian industry and people can benefit from trade deals."
Smriti Irani, Hon'ble Minister of Women and Child Development and Textiles, underlined the importance of empowering women with entrepreneurial minds to help attain economic empowerment. "Women are enablers of the national economy. The India story needs to be told in the right context," she said.
During his closing keynote address, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "India is aiming to increase share of manufacturing sector by 2022 with a significant increase in GDP. We realise investment in defence is different from that in other sectors because stakes are high, gestation period longer and technology requirements are high." He urged industry to play a role in developing the country's defence sector. "The necessity of becoming internationally competitive demands that the private sector plays its long-awaited role in defence sector. Investment in defence sector is different from other sectors. For, the stakes are very high," he added.
Richard Pierson, Co-Founder & CEO, Headspace while speaking at The App Economy - Creating New Categories session said, "Indian young folks have started developing an affinity towards meditation and they know exactly how to do it. However, it's different in other markets and we have to convince the young audience to practice meditation as it's healthy and productive for their well-being. I have deep respect for Indians."
About Global Business Summit:
The Global Business Summit (GBS) is a flagship initiative of the Times Group that envisions to bring together visionaries, thought leaders, heads of state, policy makers, academicians and corporate heads cohesively driving a singular growth agenda by connecting the building blocks of economics for India and the Globe.
Launched on January 15, 2015, GBS seeks to provide solutions to key macroeconomic challenges being faced in the current context and put forth a blueprint for sustainable, inclusive economic growth. GBS also serves as a platform for government to government interactions, business to government meetings, business to business engagements and helps corporates and governments secure investments by showcasing opportunities to apt audiences.
Over the years, the summit has hosted prominent political and business leaders from not only India but across the world, including Dick Cheney, former Vice President of United States; Prof. Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate, Economist & Academician; Prof. Nouriel Roubini, American Economist; Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Scholar, Statistician and Risk Analyst; Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati, Economist, Professor of Economics & Law, Columbia University; Zuckerberg Media, Reed Hastings, Founder & CEO, Netflix; Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber, and Steve Wozniak, Co- Founder Apple Inc.
By facilitating a candid exchange of ideas among changemakers, GBS helps pursue a collaborative approach to solving the most pressing global business, economic, and social challenges.
About Times Strategic Solutions
Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences, exhibitions and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry.
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