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6th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention to be held in Mauritius, October 27-28, 2012

The 6th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention will be held in Mauritius on October 27-28, 2012. Regional PBDs are organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, in collaboration with the host Government, the concerned Indian Mission and organisations catering to the needs of the Indian diaspora. They serve the objective of reaching out to a vast majority of our diaspora, who for various reasons, are unable to attend the main PBD event in India and benefit from its deliberations.


Mauritius and India share a close and special relationship anchored in ties of kinship, culture and common societal values. Nearly 70% of the 1.3 million-strong population of Mauritius is of Indian origin. Our two countries have been able to leverage these historical ties to forge a multi-faceted and dynamic bilateral partnership encompassing cooperation in the political, economic and commercial, cultural, educational, security and science and technology spheres. This has been made possible under the guidance of the political leadership of our countries and through intimate Government-to-Government cooperation and robust people-to-people networks.


The Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), an archetypal educational institution in Mauritius and one of the enduring symbols of bilateral cooperation, has been chosen as the venue for the “PBD Mauritius 2012” convention. The Government of Mauritius has committed its full support to the organization of the event. The Government of Mauritius has taken a Cabinet decision to this effect and Ministry of Arts and Culture of Mauritius is the nodal agency to coordinate arrangements related to PBD Mauritius. Shri Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India is visiting Mauritius from August 6-8, 2012 to have preparatory meetings ahead of PBD Mauritius 2012.


PBD Mauritius 2012 will focus on a particular theme that stresses the ever-increasing strands of connectivity between India and its diaspora. We are also planning seminars and breakaway sessions/discussions on various issues of relevance to the Indian diaspora like youth participation, education, tourism, investment, culture etc. A Business Event comprising sessions aimed at enhancing business ties between the Indian diaspora and India is an integral part of every regional PBD.

Delegates will have to register for the convention by paying a registration fee of US Dollars One Hundred. A website for PBD Mauritius 2012 will soon be set up that will facilitate online registration. Currently, details regarding the convention are being uploaded on the website -


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