His words are keenly tracked by global business leaders who see fastgrowing India as a bright spot in gathering world economic gloom. Some of the world’s best-known investment gurus argue he’s the best thing for markets. His reelection campaign will be a globally watched and analysed news event. And his government’s recently announced income transfer scheme to small farmers has shifted the paradigm in India’s social welfare policy as well as reordered pre-poll national conversations.
He is, of course, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, for the fourth time, will be the star speaker at the Global Business Summit (GBS), presented by YES BankNSE 1.39 % and The Economic Times, and powered by Facebook, being held over February 22 and 23 at New Delhi’s Taj Palace Hotel.
Modi’s GBS speech is likely to be one of his final big interventions before elections are announced and, as BJP’s prime election asset, he hits the campaign trail in the world’s largest democracy. That’s another reason why GBS 2019 will be a must-attend event. Like every year, India’s premier forum for discussing hot button topics of business and policy, both global and domestic, will feature speakers drawn from the best of the political establishment, industry, consulting and academia. And, also like every year, GBS 2019 will attract a bluechip audience.
The PM’s earlier GBS addresses created big headlines – whether it was his advice to India Inc to dream big and be part of the journey to India becoming a $20 trillion economy, or his argument on how and why India must be rebooted, or his pitch last year that India’s economic transformation will be incomplete without policies that have “speed, scale and sensitivity” to ensure growth’s benefits are spread widely.
In a year when the PM seeks another mandate from voters, and everyone’s speculating on election outcomes, here’s a safe prediction: Narendra Modi’s speech at the Global Business Summit will be one of the most consequential events as India readies for general elections. So, be there, at GBS 2019, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, on February 22-23.