Increasing exports key to make India USD 5-trillion economy by 2025 says Amitabh Kant

Vastavam web: NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant Thursday said that India’s exports need to increase significantly if the country has to become a USD 5-trillion economy by 2025. Kant also noted that the private sector will play a major role in pushing the country’s economy towards the ambitious USD 5-trillion target. “In the last four years, we (Centre) have taken a series of measures to improve our rankings in ease of doing business, along with many structural reforms like Rera, GST and IBC. These measures will make India extremely efficient in the long run,” Kant said at the India Economic Conclave organised by the Times Network here.

He, however, noted that to address the real challenge of growing the GDP at 9-10 per cent over the next three decades, India will have to increase its exports.Kant further noted that to achieve this, it is necessary to create 100 champion companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), with proper support from the government. Speaking at the event, LIC chairman VK Sharma said a robust insurance sector can add 1 per cent to the GDP over the next five years if it grows at an annualised rate of 15 per cent or more.

Collectively, the general and life insurance penetration has grown beyond 2 per cent, he said. It can be noted this is still below the global average where the penetration is at 3 per cent or more. Sharma further said that it was necessary to take the insurance industry global to achieve the target.