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December 17, 2018

  • Government spending on healthcare continues to be far below the global average. India currently spends 1.2-1.4 per cent of its GDP on healthcare. The target, however, is to increase this to 2.5 per cent by 2025.
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  • The private sector is a dominant player with a share of 70-75 per cent in the total healthcare expenditure in the country

  • With the burgeoning demand for tertiary care hospitals and specialty hospitals, the existing hospitals are looking to expand their capabilities. Seizing the opportunity, investors are pouring in the required capital in a bid to reap high returns.

  • The interest of private equity investors, in particular, has been high. Venture capital funding has also surged on the back of a boom in health tech start-ups. Hospitals, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics remain attractive bets. During 2013-17, a total of about 285 deals were reported in the healthcare and life sciences segment, with an investment of over $6 billion.

  • The government too has initiated aspirational reforms in the sector to provide a fillip to investments and improve service delivery. The newly launched Ayushman Bharat Yojana aims to benefit about 40 per cent of the population to start with. The National Health Mission, backed by the National Health Policy, 2017 will serve as a backbone for achieving universal health coverage and delivering quality healthcare services.

  • Going forward, the rising geriatric population, increasing incidence of lifestyle diseases, growth in medical tourism and increasing health insurance penetration will drive the demand for diagnostics services. Urban settings are also witnessing an increasing demand for preventive health checks.

  • The size of the Indian healthcare market is expected to increase to about $370 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of about 17 per cent (from the 2008 levels).

  • Moreover, India will continue to enjoy a low-cost advantage in the medical tourism market. The development of medicities is another area that is gaining traction. IoT, remote surgeries, robotic operations and big data are other emerging avenues for investments. Rising demand for services such as m-health and telemedicine will continue to unfold opportunities for stakeholders across the board.

  • The mission of this conference is to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities in the segment, enable the sharing of best practices and exchange of ideas to increase the penetration of healthcare services. The conference will also provide a platform to industry players, policy-makers, financial investors, consultants and technology providers, to share their experience and exchange ideas.
  • The government estimates that investments in the logistics sector will reach $500 billion by 2025.

  • The grant of infrastructure status will enable the sector to mobilise this investment at easier terms with enhanced limits. The rising consumer demand, boom in e-commerce and boost in manufacturing are other key drivers of investments.

  • Meanwhile, the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) has ushered in much-needed reforms in the largely unorganised logistics sector. Increased investor interest is now being witnessed across the sector, especially in the warehousing space.

  • Private equity investors have actively invested in the sector. Between 2013-14 and 2017-18, the logistics sector witnessed deals valued at over Rs 75 billion.

  • A shift from the pure transportation business to end-to-end services has taken place, thereby facilitating the growth of the third-party logistics (3PLs) and supply chain management industries in India.

  • The government too has highlighted priority areas for the sector and aims to develop an Integrated Logistics Action Plan for the country. The introduction of a National Logistics Policy is also on the cards. The dedicated freight corridors and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor are being touted as the biggest drivers of change.

  • Additionally, initiatives such as Make in India, Skill India and Digital India will continue to push the creation of a robust logistics framework in the country. Big-ticket programmes such as the Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Sagarmala project and the UDAN scheme will give a boost to the logistics system.

  • However, the low level of mechanisation and digitisation, lack of skilled labour and sufficient support infrastructure, low performance standards and regulatory obstacles continue to impact efficiency.

  • Technologies such as cloud computing, internet of things (IoT) and blockchain can be adopted to smoothen operations. The overall aim is to reduce logistics costs to 10 per cent of GDP by 2022.

  • The mission of this conference is to highlight the emerging investment and market opportunities in the logistics sector in India; analyse the impact of GST and examine the key issues and challenges. The conference will also provide a platform to industry players, financial investors, consultants, government agencies and technology solutions providers to share their experience and exchange ideas.

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