More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.
Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.
The Goal on Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure aims at building quality, reliable and resilient infrastructure. It further aims at promoting increased resource- use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, to support economic development and human well-being.
India is taking forward an unprecedented reform agenda to trigger manufacturing, spur industrialization, promote investment and foster innovation. Focus on Digital Revolution, Internet Penetration and Financial Inclusion are contributing to fueling growth and investment.
Flag ship initiatives like Make in India, StartUp India, StandUp India and , and Skill India have been launched and are playing an important role in augmenting the collective growth impact. These reforms are fast creating a highly conducive ecosystem accelerating the growth of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and business.
India is the only nation to have made it to the list of top 10 improvers for the second consecutive year. India rose five spots over a year to secure the 58th spot in the 2018 Global Competitiveness Index.