GIS - October 26, 2012: Mauritius is ready to host the 6th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention to be held on 27 and 28 October at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles, and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), Moka. The main theme of the Convention is Shared Roots, Common Destiny.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Mukheshwar Choonee, made this statement at a joint press conference by the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the High Commission of India, held yesterday in the context of the upcoming PBD Mauritius regional convention and the celebration of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers scheduled on 2 November.
According to Minister Choonee, there has been a keen interest for participation at the event and registration procedures had to be closed on 19 October. More than 800 people are attending the event and all has been done to ensure the Conference delivers positive outcome, he added.
The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, will proceed with the launching of the convention tomorrow at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles, in the presence of the Minister of Overseas Indian Affaires from India, Mr Vayalar Ravi, and other eminent personalities. The inaugural ceremony will be followed by a cultural programme where Indian cultural troupes will perform the Kathakali and Mohiniyattam Dances.
Minister Choonee also detailed the Conclave on Indian Diaspora that will take place at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) on Saturday 27 October. The programme features several parallel sessions on the following themes: Interconnectivity with Diaspora Countries, Maintaining Language and Identity, Cultural Synergies of Diaspora People: Artistic Manifestations, Youth in the Indian Diaspora, Empowerment of Diaspora Women, Indian Diaspora and Africa. The Conclave will end with the inauguration of the Bihar State Exhibition by Minister Choonee and the Minister of Tourism from the State Government of Bihar, India, Mr Sunil Kumar Pintu.
On Sunday, interventions by local ministers and members of parliament will mark the full day session at the MGI. The session will provide a platform to share experiences and views on themes such as Expectations and aspirations of Indian Diaspora from India; PIO entrepreneurs-success stories; Role of youth in maintaining People of Indian Origin links and cultural heritage in the modern era and Contemporary and future relationship between Indian diaspora and India. The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, will give the valedictory address to conclude the convention in the afternoon.
In the margins of the 6th Regional PBD Convention, the India-Mauritius Business Round Table kicked off this morning at the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, Flic en Flac. The Business forum comprises two plenary sessions focusing on ‘How the Indian Diaspora can engage with India’ and ‘Mauritius – a gateway for doing business with Africa, Banking and financial services, tourism and leisure industries’.
Concerning the programme of activities that will be organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, to commemorate the 178th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius, Minister Choonee mentioned a wreath laying ceremony by eminent dignitaries, a cultural programme by cultural groups from Kerala, India, and exhibitions on Indentured Labour. A replica of an Indentured Village as in the 1860s, has also been mounted by technicians from the Ministry and their Indian counterparts with exhibitions and life size models. The Village will last for three months and live cultural performances will be held during weekends.