GIS – 20 November 2013: The 12th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) with the theme “Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations” which will be held from 7-9 January 2014 in New Delhi, India, was the focus of a press conference by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mookhesswur Choonee, this morning at the headquarters of the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, Port Louis.
The Minister pointed out that PBD is a unique platform that connects some 25 million overseas Indians across 60 countries. Besides opportunities to connect with different stakeholders from industry and Government, the PBD 2014 will offer new synergies to Indian Diaspora to network and collaborate across sectors in different States, he added.
The minister informed that one of the focus areas of the forthcoming PBD is to organise a ‘Youth PBD’ on the first day of the convention, to build a strong network of young overseas Indians to contribute to India’s engagement with youth in all sectors. He encouraged youngsters to be part of the Mauritian delegation and make the most of this prestigious international event.
During the event, individuals of exceptional merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) to appreciate their role in India’s growth. Speaking about the PBSA, the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians, Mr. Choonee recalled that several Mauritians have been awarded the PBSA, including the current President, Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, and Prime Minister, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam.
The Minister announced that Mauritius will be showcased at an exhibition that will be held during the PBD at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Moreover, a road show about Mauritius, with the collaboration of the Board of Investment and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, will also be organised during the PBD.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
The PBD is celebrated on 9th January every year since 2003 to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
The objectives of the PBD are to strengthen the diaspora’s engagement with India’s growth story and provide an invigorating platform to network and exchange views and perspectives, as well as enhance linkages and synergies for Diaspora across the spectrum: economic, social and cultural.
The PBD also aims to deepen engagement with young diaspora and facilitate new perspectives, and pay a special focus on the younger generation of the diaspora.
PBD conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.
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