MUMBAI: As India’s growth story continues, the 21st century will be India’s and demographically as the world grows older, the country is becoming younger and that will be its strength, RIL chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said. “In this decade and coming decades, India is becoming younger as the world becomes older,” Ambani said at the International Bar Association (IBA) Business Law Conference on India as an emerging economic giant here.

“Fundamentally, the world is becoming older and India is becoming younger and that is our strength,” Ambani said.
Reeling out statistics, the Reliance Industries’ chairman said out of India’s one billion people, 44% are less than 19 years of age. “In the next 20 years, we will have more than 400 million under the age of 35 and in a decade from now, only 10% of Indians will be above 60 years of age,” he said.

Ambani said there are four trends that would drive the world and India has a competitive advantage in them. “The first driver is demographics,” he said. India today represents in demographic terms exactly what the United States was in the 1910-1920s, he said. The second trend is democracy and its pluralism and the ability of Indians to believe in that democracy.

“This is our baby-boomer generation that is growing up, that is aspiring, that produces and consumes at the same time and creates internal markets,” he said. “The third trend that I see is again in India’s favour and I am a big believer in this.” As an engineer, he feels “that technology is going to drive more and more value-creation in the world and in spite of the recent economic meltdown, technology is not going to stop,” he said.

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