The main messages of the Summit delivered by the six co-chairs were:
Ben J. Verwaayen said that the youth have a simple message for their elders and leaders: “Don’t block us. We have the new models for India. Please don’t get in our way.”
Tulsi R. Tanti said, “India should focus on building a sustainable economy and reform the country’s energy architecture, particularly the power sector, to ensure that ‘we can bring a better life and better opportunities to the 400 million people’ in India who do not have electricity”.
Natarajan Chandrasekaran called on India’s leaders to focus on “how we can liberate technology to solve problems at a reasonable cost and leapfrog.” Technology, he pointed out, could be used to enhance talent development, financial inclusion, transparency and good governance. “It is absolutely possible to reach the vast majority of people through technology.”
Huguette Labelle said, “The focus of reform efforts should be to tackle corruption and boost transparency. We know that corruption feeds poverty, seeds violence and social destabilization, prevents the development of social infrastructure, and chases away investments.” She argued that India should make efforts to increase transparency in government procurement, licensing and land registration. This would result in huge savings and would be welcomed by citizens in light of the recent rise in public activism against corrupt practices.
Adi B. Godrej agreed, “Reforms need to push ahead. It is very important that we set politics aside and set the reform agenda so that we can bring reforms forward rapidly so the deceleration of GDP growth can be reversed. It is very important for the government to keep in mind that all the progress India has made and the potential progress are dependent on growth.”
Jeffrey Joerres advised, “India’s leaders often cite the complexity of the country’s problems as a reason for not moving swiftly enough to solve them. India has the talent to take risks and sort out the challenges and simplify them so that straightforward solutions are implemented at a faster pace. India has a tremendous brand. It is at an inflection point with opportunities to fall back or to move forward. The world is waiting for India to take its place.”