The Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM Nagpur) today concluded its flagship event, the Zero Mile Samvad (ZMS), with an illustrious assembly of prominent figures and thought leaders. The summit served as a strategic platform for insightful discussions around entrepreneurship, tech innovation, skill development, adoption of new-age technologies, the shift towards renewable energy and the role of tier-2 cities in achieving the $5 trillion economy goal.
Hon’ble Union Minister of Road, Transport, and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, said “Before we contemplate the future, we must recall our past because that is where our future visions will emerge from. How our economic growth should be is the million-dollar question- our economy should be able to alleviate poverty, which can only be facilitated through capital investment, the creation of new jobs and the expansion of the growth rate. To achieve this vision, focusing on futuristic planning, technology, vision, and implementation is imperative. An optimal instance of such visionary development is the domestic automobile sector, which has grown from INR 7.5 lakh crores in 2014 to INR 12.5 lakh crores in 2023. We have moved from the 7th position on a global scale to the 3rd and, in the next five years, will become the world’s top automobile manufacturing hub. We must visualise similar growth potential in other sectors to drive India’s growth story forward.”
Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, said, “The Zero Mile Samvad is thought-provoking and paves the way towards achieving our goals. Today, we have aligned the central idea of the goals given to us by our Hon’ble PM to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2030. In the last nine years, we have seen the development of an AtmaNirbhar India, and the ongoing geopolitical situation has given us the opportunity to be at the forefront of the global supply chain ecosystem. Maharashtra, contributing around 15% to the national GDP, will be the gateway to India’s trillion-dollar economy. Our focus will be on leveraging industries like EV, semiconductor, hardware manufacturing, green hydrogen and tourism.”