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Mixed economies are going to be the building blocs for a single world, says Doha Bank Group CEO

“After the Global financial crisis, capitalism is getting redefined and socialism is getting altered across the Globe. Mixed economies are the building blocks for a single world,” said Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO, Doha Bank, the leading private commercial bank in Qatar. Dr. Seetharaman was speaking at the Global Citizen Forum Conference, on the topic ‘Building Alliances: The Role of India, China and USA in Creating One World’, held recently in New Delhi, India.

Major economists, industrialists and eminent Indian Political leaders participated in this event. Some of the key people who participated in the event include Dr. B. K. Modi, Founder-Chairman, Global Citizen Forum, Salman Khurshid, Union Cabinet Minister for External Affairs, Manish Tewari, Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Kapil Sibal, Union Cabinet minister for Law and Justice, Sunil Parikh ,Founding Curator, World Economic Forum and Vayalar Ravi, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs.

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Seetharaman, providing insights on economic trends, said, “US economy is indicating signs of recovery as it had a growth by 4.1% in the third quarter of 2013, and US fed had announced tapering in December 2013. China’s gross domestic product was 7.8% higher in the third quarter of 2013. India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at the rate of 4.8% during the third quarter of 2013. India’s current account deficit was at $5.2bn in third quarter of 2013 on the back of turnaround in exports and decline in gold imports.The UN Millennium Developments should also incorporate Global citizenship and Single World as part of their agenda.”

Dr. Seetharaman added, “According to PWC report, World in 2050 – The BRICS and beyond: prospects, challenges and opportunities, India is expected to remain at the third place both in 2030 and 2050 in terms of GDP at purchasing power parity (PPP) terms. China is projected to overtake US as the largest economy by 2017 in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms and US is projected to retain its top spot on average income levels in 2050. Ageing population and rising real labour costs will transit China from an export oriented economy to consumption driven economy. China and India will become bigger consumer markets.”

Dr. Seetharaman gave insights on technology developments, and said, “US is one of the largest market for Indian software service exporters. Indian software services exporters are set to gain additional business as US regional banks there look to outsource more technology work. According to a report from comScore, India has become the world’s third largest Internet user after China and the United States, and its users are significantly younger than those of other emerging economies. Three – fourth of India’s online population is under 35 as against just over half worldwide.”

Dr. Seetharman gave highlights on major trends which impact scientific research, and said, “The U.S. leads the world’s production of science research and nearly $400bn worth of public and private science R&D. Developing countries, particularly the emerging BRIC nations of China and India which are responsible for a large portion of the increase in science research publications. The committed funding from India and US on research has also risen from only $2m five years ago to $220m. Most of the funding goes to developing a clean energy development centre.

Dr. Seetharaman added, “There are also partnerships between India and US in weather forecasting and healthcare. China’s development planning has targeted a number of scientific fields and related industries, including clean energy, green transportation and rare earths, among others. By 2020, China plans to invest 2.5% of GDP in science research. Engineering is a common focus of science research in China and India. In keeping with their rapid economic development and massive populations, China and India, the world’s first and second most populous countries, produce growing numbers of science and engineering graduates each year.”

Dr. Seetharaman spoke on trends impacting education and Indian Culture, and said, “US and India share strong linkages and a history of collaboration in the field of higher education. US is the most favored destination for Indian students, with more than 100,000 Indian students pursuing higher studies in the United States. The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has finalized guidelines for twinning arrangements between Indian and foreign educational institutions. The guidelines will facilitate greater collaboration between Indian and U.S. universities. Indian culture has transcended borders. It can be in the form of dance, literature, food, music, festival or cinema. India is a land of spiritual bliss and Indian temples attract global people and promote tourism. Many Indians have contributed both on the national and international front and have become global citizens.”

Dr. Seetharaman highlighting the trends impacting currency and investments, said, “India has taken the first step toward recognizing the importance of China in global trade by making the yuan convertible, on the lines of the dollar, pound, euro and the yen. India and China seek a balanced financial system that is balanced and driven by ethics. There should be universal standards of measurement for valuation of investments and Uniform accounting principles should be followed to facilitate meaningful comparison Health care is also an area where Asian economies can come together as part of sustainable development. Asian economies should leverage their synergies with USA to create a single world.”

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