Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, will inaugurate the event on 17th October, Friday

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India has decided to hold the 2014 Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) Convention in London over three days from October 16 to 18, 2014. The main events will take place at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) at West Minster in London. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, will inaugurate the event on 17th October, Friday.

The topics for the panel discussions include Role and contribution of Indian Diaspora to the British/European societies and economies;  How can the Diaspora and the Government of India leverage each other’s strengths to mutual benefit in the framework of India-UK strategic partnership?; Opportunities and challenges in India-UK collaboration in trade and investments, including in third countries; NRI/PIO businesses in European countries: Achievements and constraints; and Scope and potential of Diaspora’s engagement in Education, Research and Innovation in India.

The event will ends with gala dinner hosted by the MOIA on Saturday. The Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) has been celebrated in India on January 9th each year since 2003 to mark the contributions of the overseas Indian community in the development of India.

Regional RPBDs 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.

The objective is to reach out to those members of the community who have been unable to participate in the annual RPBD in India and to provide a platform for the Indian community in the UK and Europe to contribute to the relationship between countries of the region and India. Participation in the event is expected from all regions of the UK and other countries of Europe.

This convention is not only for the Indian community, but for all persons who are interested in plugging into India’s growing relationship with the UK and Europe. Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend.

The programme of the event will feature discussions on different aspects of India’s relationship with UK and other countries of Europe, including resources, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, skills and education, languages, women in business and culture.

Speakers at the event will include prominent dignitaries from the UK and India, prominent members of the Indian community, British and Indian business representatives, academics and media persons.




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