The Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs and External Affairs Sushma Swaraj today, in a Joint statement with the US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC, declared that The Government of India will be organizing the 9th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (RPBD) at Los Angeles, California, USA on the 14th and 15th November 2015. The Theme for RPBD Los Angeles will be – “The Indian Diaspora: Defining a New Paradigm in India-US Relationship”, capturing the ethos of ongoing relationship between India and USA and the important role being played by Diaspora in this regard.
RPBDs are important Diaspora engagement meets conducted annually by the Government of India outside the country as part of a comprehensive programme to reach out to the growing Indian Diaspora community globally. Previous venues for the RPBDs have included London, Sydney, Toronto, Singapore, Durban, Mauritius, The Hague and New York.
The RPBD will be organized by the Consulate General of India, San Francisco, and the Embassy of India, Washington DC in collaboration with the major community organizations of People of Indian Origin in the USA and the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA). Various official forums for India-US collaboration will also participate in the RPBD.
The Minister added that the RPBD, Los Angeles will celebrate the presence of the single largest population of Overseas Indians in any one country and strengthen the social, economic and political bonds between India, the USA and the Indian Diaspora.
India and the USA share a growing partnership in almost all sectors vital to their economies. Indian Americans have made a significant impact in IT, medicine, academia, banking, hospitality, science and technology and also as entrepreneurs engaged in thriving small and medium businesses. The RPBD Los Angeles will focus and build on these synergies and collaborations through seminars and discussions involving major stake holders on both sides.
Sessions being planned for Nov 15th are:
A. Plenary Sessions –
• Increasing engagement with the Diaspora
• Role of Culture and Youth in maintaining links to the motherland
• GoI schemes on Clean Ganga, Smart Cities, Skill Development, Infrastructure development, Waste management & Swachh Bharat, Solar & other renewable energies, Digital India, etc.
B. Parallel Sessions –
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Education (including Community Colleges system, ties between educational institutions etc.), Skills & Vocational Training;
• Manufacturing and Make in India; Bilateral Business Opportunities in various fields including Commodities, Services, IT/BT, Infrastructure;
• Use of Soft Power and engagements through culture
The Overseas Indian Facilitation Center (OIFC), a PPP initiative between MOIA and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), will also hold a business to business conference on the sidelines of the RPBD on the 14th November. MOIA, OIFC and Indian businessmen will interact with potential investors from the USA.
The RPBD will conclude with a dinner reception, the highlight of which will be cultural performances symbolizing the significant media, cultural and entertainment engagement between the two largest industries in the world, Bollywood and Hollywood.
The Minister concluded saying that we expect the RPBD Los Angeles to mark another milestone in India’s successful engagement and partnership with its Diaspora globally.
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