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Prioritizing inclusive economic growth and resilience against economic shocks

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Considering the rapidly evolving global economy, inclusive economic growth, and resilience against unforeseen economic shocks are extremely crucial.

This dedication to equitable prosperity and adaptability is beneficial for investors and businesses alike. Let us look at the importance of inclusive economic growth and resilience in the Indian milieu, offering actionable insights for investment platforms and businesses functioning in this fast-moving market.

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Inclusive Economic growth

Inclusive economic growth refers to economic growth that benefits the entire society by creating equal employment opportunities across sectors and helps in reducing poverty.

Inclusive economic growth empowers people by providing access to essential services such as education, healthcare, and sanitation. It also helps people move up the social and economic ladder, thereby improving gender equality and social protection.

Inclusive growth also helps in achieving financial and political inclusion of poor and marginalised thereby ensuring regional balance across the country and sustainable development without any environmental degradation.

Strategies for inclusive economic growth

MSME support: MSMEs contribute to 33% of the country’s GDP and 120 million jobs. They are the backbone of the economy and play a crucial role in inclusive economic growth through broad-based job creation and skill development. They also play a key role in income re-distribution by a more equitable distribution of income and financial inclusivity of marginalized groups and sections of society.

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Therefore, supporting MSMEs through favorable policy environments, access to finance, and opportunities for capacity building by Governments and financial institutions helps in the overall economic growth of the country.

Financial inclusion: Financial institutions can foster inclusive economic growth by providing digital financial services like digital banking services, and innovative credit products including short-term loans and low-cost insurance products to the poor and marginalized. This will help in managing irregular cashflows and risks better.

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Economic Shocks

India has experienced a range of economic shocks over the last few decades and some of the causes for such shocks include financial instability, global factors such as global recessions and fluctuations in oil prices, geopolitical events, natural disasters, social and political unrest, and pandemics.

Strategies for fostering resilience against economic shocks:

Risk management and contingency planning: Contingency planning against economic shocks involves a multi-layered approach considering various scenarios that could negatively impact the economy, business, or individual.

Some of the strategies that Governments can follow for risk mitigation during economic shocks include the creation of emergency funds, maintenance of robust foreign exchange reserves, and continuous monitoring of key economic indicators.

Businesses can mitigate risk by doing contingency planning for different types of economic shocks such as recession, inflation, or supply chain disruptions. They can diversify their revenue streams and have supplier redundancy to offset losses due to supply chain disruptions.

Diversified and sustainable investments:

Partnerships within the Indian investment landscape can be an effective tool for building resilience. Sharing best practices and synchronizing responses to economic challenges can create a supportive network to navigate uncertain times.

The Indian economy has traditionally been diverse, with agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors playing vital roles. Diversifying investment portfolios across these sectors can reduce susceptibility to economic shocks.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, sectors such as technology and pharmaceuticals showed resilience, while others faced substantial challenges. Sustainable practices in business operations and investment decisions that align with India’s commitment to sustainable development goals should be adopted.

Conclusion

With India’s diverse and dynamic economy, prioritizing inclusive economic growth and resilience is not just an ethical need but also a strategic requirement. By syncing investments and business strategies with these principles, investors, and businesses operating in India can contribute to a more equitable and stable economic environment. As India continues to evolve, embracing inclusivity and resilience is the road ahead to long-term prosperity for all its citizens and stakeholders.

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Parry Singh
Parry Singh
Parry Singh Founder and CEO Red Fort Capital
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