The Regulators & Policymakers Retreat (RPR), is an interactive flagship event hosted by IPPAI where under an overarching theme thought leaders and experts discuss and brainstorm on issues in the energy and power sectors covering relevant policy and governance topics. It is a platform for engaging with cerebral persons in the industry and across sectors.
The Retreat celebrates the achievements of the Indian power and energy sector in which regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders participate. In brainstorming sessions they learn from each other’s experiences, coming up with creative solutions to meet contemporary and future needs as the economy sees increasing participation of the private sector in the infrastructure segment of the economy. A premium cerebral event attended by thinkers and visionaries from India’s energy & infrastructure sector where existing and future challenges and strategies are discussed. The RPR over the years has won for itself a position of distinction and has been recognized as a confluence of innovative and informative flow of ideas and knowledge. This annual event in the past has had themes like ‘Can India afford an unequal society’, ‘Democracy vs Development’ and ‘Public Good vs Private Profit’ along with 3 sub themes for each day.
Our theme this year is to link the various shifts in the state of the nation’s mind, to meet the aspirations of the world’s largest collection of youth, ensuring our international commitments to mitigating climate change and ensuring holistic and fair policies which would serve all pillars of our society to achieve a content nation.
THEME: India – Meeting the Aspirations?
As India rides high on its newfound economic strength, there seems to be a huge gap between the urban and rural, resulting in unequal partaking of the growth story. Be it smart cities, smart grids, smart water, smart health, education or job generation, there seems to be a real slow down in the economic activities and the options available to the rural population, who, now look upon the cities as the ulitmate answers to their needs resulting in mass migration, thus further straining the already over stressed city infrastructure.
The event looks at the aspirations of young Indians keeping in mind the ways of improving their living standards by benchmarking it to the western narrative of development. The ‘haves and have nots debate’ now has infected the entire population, thanks to the ever increasing awareness amongst young India courtesy the information revolution. The retreat will go to the roots and examine the relevance, efficacy and practicability of the western developmental model in the Indian context. Research shows that there is a cultural clash in the value systems of wealth creation in the capitalist model of development and the Indian mindset, which has looked upon the wealthy as exploiters, keeping in mind the historical background i.e. “profit is a dirty word”.
The conference will also explore Indianism and its open and welcoming architecture v/s the definitive western mindset and values that have recently been imposed as a true means for sustainable development of India’s economy. The event is cerebral and meant to trigger out-of-the-box thinking by interspersing the intellectual and the esoteric with the day-to-day issues of the power sector to provoke thoughts and bring out creativity in the minds of policymakers and regulators. It is, in a sense, a respite to give them inspiration before they go back to the drawing boards of policymaking and regulation to tackle the challenges India’s power sector faces and work the way forward.
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