For any country to grow economically, there is an ecosystem that must exist where different facets which contribute to economic growth are well-aligned – be it at the consumer level or the production machinery level
Especially today, when the world is witnessing an unprecedented situation with reliance on technology more than ever, there is a growing need for appropriate policy structures that can facilitate this transition. Technology and information dissemination through technology is shaping and will further shape our consumption of content and it can play critical role in our understanding of world, perceptions and views on topics. It is essential therefore for us to look at policies with a multi-stakeholder approach and forward-looking v
Having said that, the process is more daunting in practicality than in approach. The key challenges lie in breaking age-old traditional practices, navigating bureaucratic channels that shuttle between stakeholders and changing mindsets around functionality in general. Therefore, it is not only essential to develop policies that are up to date but also to incorporate a dynamic structure that can adapt to a changing economic environment. This is important and can be achieved by bringing in experts with different skills who can work together without getting flustered with rapidly changing conditions. Evolution on that front would also come from changing methodologies and focusing more on aspects like active research, stakeholder mapping and engagement. These methods would help in identifying key focus areas and shortlist relevant players by assessing their knowledge, interests, positions, alliances, and importance related to respective policies. This would help give direction to policymakers in changing times while staying aligned to all relevant stakeholders as well as the regulatory and legal ecosystem of the country.
The first step in this direction is conversation and dialogue. In this endeavour, as facilitators of communication, SPAG Dialogue is organising a series of policy conversations in association with Reputation Today. As the new world order kicks in the aftermath of the COVID induced lockdown, there is an emerging need for policies that define the way businesses in different sectors operate. The coming months will define the way we live with this pandemic and yet maintain business continuity amid an overwhelming technology and digital boom. Issues ranging from digital privacy and security, e-commerce, social media sustainability to financial payment technology and online education, the series will attempt to address the real-time policy vacuum that exists today. The idea is to bring conversations from leading voices across community to listen, understand, learn and gain. The series of online events is all set to begin on Friday, July 24.
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