India’s large talent pool gives it natural advantages in services, says Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India’s large talent pool gives it natural advantages in services.
Inaugurating the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launching a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services here yesterday, Mr Kovind noted that around 500 international delegates were participating in this Global Exhibition from about 100 countries.
He expressed confidence that it would promote the Indian services domain and enlarge and deepen India’s engagement with the global services sector. The launch of 12 Champion Sectors is a bold new step that will contribute to both India’s economy and the global economy and will create jobs.
The President said that the services sector represents a vibrant and expanding component of the global economy. “Today, services dominates in terms of employment, value addition, productivity and innovation. The pace of technology is intensifying the contribution of services in other sectors – including agriculture, infrastructure and manufacturing. It would not be an exaggeration to say that services form the backbone of the 21st-century global economy,” he added.
"In India, the services sector contributes 61% in gross value added. With its young population, large talent pool and comfort with technology, India has natural advantages in the sector and is set to become even more of a provider of services to the world,” Mr Kovind said.
“Technology has emerged as an enormous enabler and allowed local services companies to go national or even global. In India, which is the third largest centre of start-ups in the world, this has thrown up a generation of young entrepreneurs, of men and women with hunger and ambition,” he added.
The President noted that Government programmes such as Start-up India and the Mudra Yojana, which has provided capital to 120 million grassroots businesses, have seeded a culture of entrepreneurship, largely in services. He expressed confidence that some of these start-ups will grow into giants in the years and decades to come.
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