Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 22 December 2014 announced that Gujarat will host 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) from 7 January 2015 to 9 January 2015.
The 13th edition of PBD will mark the 100th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa. PBD is an event which celebrates the achievements of Indians living abroad.
The chief guest of the 13th PBD would be Guyana President Donald Ramotar.
On 7 January 2015, the youth segment of PBD will be inaugurated with the theme Bharat ko jano and Bharat ko mano. The aim of the youth segment is to familiarising children of migrant Indians with the traditions and history of the country as well as its modern day achievements in different fields.
The main highlights of the 13th PBD will include a plenary session in which presentations will be made on the flagship programmes of the government such as Namami Ganga, Swachh Bharat, Skill Development and Urban Development and NRIs and People of Indian origin (PIO).
Besides, there would be separate sessions for Girmitya, Indian migrants taken to work in plantations, Gulf countries, French speaking countries and Diaspora organisations in various countries and the Ambassadors of these countries would be present to understand their problems.
PBD is the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin. PBD is aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. There are 25 million people of Indian origin residing outside India.
When: 22 December 2014