Mauritius PM to be chief guest at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2008

November 14th, 2007 - 10:14 am ICT by admin  
“This is especially fortuitous since he is of Indian Origin”, said Ravi.

The Prime Minister of India will inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 8, 2008.

The forthcoming PBD is being organised by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MOIA) between January7 and 9, 2008. It will include a two day convention featuring diverse themes with eminent speakers; trade and Industry exhibition, business networking and cultural evenings.

The theme of the sixth edition of PBD is ‘Engaging the Diaspora: The Way Forward’ with the objective to encourage Overseas Indians to be part of the socio-economic development of India. The focus will be on social areas and issues with special emphasis on rural women.

Talking on the issue of Indian women subjected to fraudulent marriages, Ravi said that India has moved an application to different countries to adopt International Private Laws to bring the non-resident Indians under Indian jurisdiction. The Netherlands has already put forward the draft for legislative approval, he informed.

Appreciating Indian Industry’s contribution, Ravi said that 48,000 of 50,000 Indians, who faced the problem of deportation due to issues with sponsors, were re-employed by Indian companies.

He added that India’s development initiatives can reach the district level through small contributions of the large Indian Diaspora. The ambitious ‘Health Mission’ of the government can also be a key area of contribution by NRIs.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, President, CII said that CII and government has been working together on several issues to connect the Indian diaspora across the world. The success of the Mini PBD at New York with more than 400 significant participants will be reflected in the forthcoming PBD, Mittal added.

The PBD showcases the best opportunities for Indian Diaspora and each PBD raises hopes of NRIs, said Mr. Mittal. The involvement of Indian diaspora should contribute to the Government’s focus on inclusive growth, he said. The high transfer charge of sending money home is a major issue for NRIs who remit $26 billion to India annually, he added.

Nirmal Singh, Secretary, MOIA said that over 2000 delegates are expected to attend the forthcoming PBD and the ministry is in the process of promoting the event to get further support from NRIs.

Chief Ministers of different states would present the opportunities in their respective states to garner investment for the development projects, Singh added.

PBD 2008 will have sessions on social development challenges in India, health and education, knowledge economy, culture, investment and infrastructure. The other sessions will include trade and business opportunities, development challenges of Indian states and empowerment of rural women. It will also focus on regional sessions for Gulf, Asia - Pacific, Africa, Americas and Europe. (ANI)

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