Regional diaspora meet in Dubai this year: Ravi

January 9th, 2012 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, Jan 9 (IANS) The regional annual diaspora meet, the mini-Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, will be held in Dubai later this year, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Monday.

“I am happy to announce that the regional PBD for 2012 will be held in Dubai for the Gulf region,” Ravi said while addressing the valedictory function of the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here.

Last year the regional diaspora meet took place in Toronto, Canada. It was organised by the overseas Indian affairs ministry in partnership with Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce has been s one of the recipient of this year’s “Pravasi Bhartiya Samman” awards.

Ravi said the 10th edition of the annual diaspora meet saw the highest participation. Over 2,000 delegates from 59 countries participated at the three-day event.

“This PBD also signals, a paradigm shift in the level, the range and the pace of our engagement. It is our conviction that the vast majority of overseas Indians have the ability and the willingness to partner in and benefit from India’s march towards progress and prosperity,” he said.

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