Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to focus on how NRIs can contribute to India’s self-reliance

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India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressing a pre-convention on partnership-building in media and entertainment December 22. (Image: PBD)

16th edition to be held virtually on a single day.

The 16th annual edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, January 9. The theme of the convention, aimed at encouraging Indian diaspora to be part of socio-economic development in India, is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”

Atmanirbhar Bharat is a recent slogan by the Modi government—literally meaning self-reliant India, the campaign hopes to generate investments in manufacturing and other fields.

The inaugural address by the Prime Minister will be followed by a keynote address by the chief guest, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname. President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver the valedictory address.

The External Affairs Minister and the Commerce and Industry Minister will address the first plenary on “Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” The Minister of Health and Minister of State for External Affairs will then address the second plenary called “Facing Post Covid Challenges: Scenario in Health, Economy, Social, and International Relations.” Both plenaries will entail discussions with experts.

Real estate in India has seen a surge over the past few months, as states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka have slashed taxes and premiums in an attempt to incenvitize buyers and use real estate as the route to economic revival.

A “Youth PBD” is being celebrated virtually on the theme, “Bringing together young achievers from India and Indian diaspora.”

The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21, conferred to select Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honour their contributions to various fields both in India and abroad, will also be announced.

The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21, conferred to select Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honour their contributions to various fields both in India and abroad, will also be announced.

In the run-up to the PBD Convention, five PBD Conferences were held earlier, virtually:

  • “Role of Diaspora in Promotion of Indian Culture” on December 9, 2020
  • “Dialogue with Diaspora Business Leaders & CEOs – Targeting US$ 5 Trillion Aatmanirbhar Bharat Economy by boosting MSMEs” on December 10, 2020
  • “Regional PBD – GCC-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference” on December 11, 2020
  • “Forging Media & Entertainment Partnership to showcase India @75” on December 21, 2020.

The official web page of the 16th edition of PBD is here.

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