The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India has decided to hold the 2013 Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention in Sydney over three days from 10 to 12 November.
This announcement was made by Vayalar Ravi, Hon. Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Barry O’Farrell, Premier of NSW, jointly via a video link simultaneously in New Delhi and Sydney.
Vayalar Ravi said that the objective of the event is to reach out to those members of the community who have been unable to participate in the annual PBD in India, and to provide a platform for the Indian community in Australia and the Pacific to contribute to the relationship between countries of the region and India.
Ravi has also remarked that the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) has been celebrated in India on 9 January every year since 2003 to mark the contributions of the overseas Indian community in the development of India.
“Sydney is the perfect location for this conference as it is Australia’s financial and cultural capital,” said Mr O’Farrell.
Regional PBDs are organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with the collaboration of the host Government, the Indian Mission, Prominent Overseas Indians and Organisations catering to the needs of the Indian Diaspora.
Participation in the event is expected from all States and Territories of Australia and from neighbouring countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Manila, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific Islands.
This convention is not only for the Indian community, but for all people interested in India’s growing relationship with Australia and other Pacific countries. It is expected that more than a thousand individuals will participate in the conference.
The event will feature discussions on different aspects of India’s relationship with Australia and countries of the region including resources, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, skills and education, languages, women in business and culture.
Speakers at the event will include ministers and prominent dignitaries from Australia and India, prominent members of the Indian community, Australian and Indian business representatives and academicians and media persons.