After having discussed Covid-19 for almost a year and a half, it feels that we have finally found some space to look at other things.
The supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic has related to some supply constraints that have pushed inflation in India higher than the 6% which was supposed to be RBI’s highest tolerance level. However, since these are not demand lead and the RBI shall ensure that they continue to support growth as there is a lot to be done till we are able to reach back at our true economic potential.
Vaccine availability has eased from the initial period where we are short supplied. We need to encourage more people around us to get the vaccine as that would be critical to achieve a level of immunity that could help us avoid further ‘waves’ of the pandemic and would enable our businesses to get back to normalcy. This is a joint responsibility we all have towards a commitment to revert to a thriving economy.
Business and market volatility is likely to be higher with more surprises as the economy keeps adjusting to demand ebbing and flowing and supply chains reverting to normalcy over time. The business managers shall need to ensure that they are able to focus on the short-term volatility while planning strategically for the longer term.
Our work for the next few months is cut out, barring a new wave emerging which is a distinct possibility. Manage the short term, be strategic for the longer term, stay safe and get vaccinated.
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