Featured Speakers: Arvind Panagariya,
In recent years, much has been made of
One likely long-term solution, the panelists agreed, is for many of the people currently working in agriculture to switch to consumer goods sectors in a trend mirroring
The panelist’s identified five areas that show potential for improvement. These areas include: building infrastructure in rural areas, such as roads and electricity; smart investment in agriculture, moving away from subsidies that raise food prices by up to 20%; streamlining the agriculture sector through measures such as food distribution downsizing, marketing privatization, and commercial farming; branching out into related sectors like the nearly nonexistent food processing industry; and streamlining local governance. The government was widely cited as a source of mismanagement on fronts ranging from road construction to social development and agriculture intervention.
There are many challenges to overcome, but also great potential for
Date: June 26, 2007
Approximate Number of Attendees: 45
Intern Attending: Mike Heslin