NSW to host the Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas

19 August 2013

The Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, also known as Overseas Indians Day, will be held in Sydney from 10-12 November 2013.

The convention provides a platform for the Indian community in Australia and the Pacific to contribute to the relationship between countries of the region and India. The 2013 Convention will be the seventh held outside India.

NSW is working to build stronger ties with India and has a sister-state agreement with Maharashtra, India's leading industrial and finance state.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell also leads annual trade missions to India to enhance the cultural and commercial relationship.

Participation in the event is expected from all States and Territories of Australia and from neighbouring countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific Islands.

Sydney is home to a substantial Indian population with the 2011 Census showing that 391,000 Australians claim Indian ancestry.

The conference is not only for the Indian community, but for all people who are interested in plugging into India's growing relationship with Australia and other Pacific countries. It is expected that more than a thousand people will participate.

The program will feature discussions on different aspects of India's relationship with Australia and countries of the region, including trade and investment, resources, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, skills and education, languages, women in business and culture.

Speakers at the event will include Ministers and dignitaries from Australia and India, prominent members of the Indian community, Australian and Indian business representatives and academics and media representatives.

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