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Sree Kumaran asked: Why should foreign officials of donor agencies allowed to freely mix up with private sector when this is not allowed in other countries?

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  • Namrata Goswami replies: India is a democracy encouraging free movement of people, ideas, thought and exchanges. Hence, when there are foreign donors collaborating with the Indian private sector on particular developmental projects, there is no curtailment in their ability to interact and share ideas and review the progress of particular projects. There are clear advantages to this kind of approach.

    First, it enables better management of projects based on a symbiotic understanding between donor expectations and the private sectors' capabilities and motivations.

    Second, it enables frank and fruitful interaction with regard to limitations.

    Third, it showcases the freedom and openness of Indian democracy.

    Fourth, it ensures that goals are met within the specific time period.