Competitiveness and Strategy seem to resemble the story of the six blind men and the elephant; it means vastly different things to different people. The Roundtable on States as Drivers of Development allowed a peek into various such perspectives from experts across academia, government, international organisations and industry. The developmental model of states is crucial for fostering innovative initiatives that tackle state-specific challenges, promoting sustainable growth. To achieve this, it is essential to have a deep understanding of each state’s competitiveness and implement targeted strategies at the sub-national level. This approach aims to address disparities, foster inclusive development, and unlock the full potential of states and their districts. To make progress towards economic goals, capitalising on strengths and addressing challenges is essential. The Round Table sought to gather insights from experts and thought leaders on the evolving role of states in India’s development, with a focus on strategies to enhance competitiveness at the state and city levels.
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