Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Rep Abike Dabiri-Erewa is to lead the Nigeria delegation to the 11th edition of India Diaspora day celebration holding in Kochi, India from Monday.
In a statement in Abuja, the convention known as “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2013 will be held in Kochi, India between January 7-9.
Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, is the first non ethnic Indian invited to speak at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas day.. She was invited in recognition of her pro-active role in Diaspora affairs in Nigeria, is slated to deliver a paper on “Diaspora and Heritage’’
The India Prime minister Manmohan Singh is expected to declare the convention open at Hotel Le-Meridian on Jan. 8, while President of India will deliver the valedictory address on January 9.
A large number of central ministers, including external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi will also participate.
The Diaspora Day in India commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa on Jan. 9.
The PBD 2013 is being conducted in partnership with the Kerala government and has as its theme `Engaging Diaspora: The Indian growth story’.
Other highlights of the convention include pre-PBD seminars related to development issues such as skill development, pure sciences, tourism, youth and Non Resident Indians (NRIs) in the Gulf.
It also includes plenary sessions on ‘India’s growth: greater opportunities’, ‘Overseas Indians: safe environment’, ‘Engaging young overseas Indians’ and ‘Investment opportunities in States.’
“Since the country is celebrating the centenary of the Gadar Movement in 2013, the PBD Oration this time will be on the Gadar Movement.’’, the statement said.
Over 2,500 delegates from 50 countries are expected to grace the 2013 convention of the India in the Diaspora conference with Nigeria being the only invited country in Africa.
Rep Abike Dabiri-Erewa-led delegation was among the delegates that witnessed the 10th edition of India Diaspora Day celebration in Jaipur, India in 2012.
The Special guest of honour, Ms Kamia Persad Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, also, a non-resident India, were among the dignitaries in 2012.
It was jointly put together by Confederation of Indian industry (CII), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Government of Rajasthan, with its theme “Global Indian-Inclusive growth’’ END.
Office of Hon Abike Dabiri- Erewa.