Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Jaipur from today

The 10th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, a convention for NRIs, is all set to begin here from Saturday.

Jaipur: The 10th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, a convention for NRIs, is all set to begin here from Saturday with over 1,300 delegates expected to attend the three-day meet.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to deliver the inaugural speech on January 8 and President Pratibha Patil will deliver valedictory address and confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awards on January 9.

Indian-origin Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad Bissessar will be the chief guest of the event, which has a theme of `Global Indian - inclusive growth`.

The annual event for overseas Indians, which is being held in Jaipur for the first time, will start with seminars on `Management of water for future`, `Solar Energy-Investment and R&D`, `Enhancing rural energy access` and `Health` at Birla auditorium.

A youth interactive session will also be held at Maharana Pratap auditorium.

The first plenary session on January 8 will discuss the country`s economic growth and how overseas Indians can synergies their competencies with India`s growth for optimal gains, according to an official.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will deliver keynote address in the session.

The second plenary session will be a business session `Partnering for Prosperity` with a focus on education, healthcare, rural development and gender issues.

`Global Indian: state initiatives and opportunities` will be the session of Chief Ministers.

Last year, the event was held in New Delhi. The theme of the event was `Engaging the Global Indian` and 1,500 delegates from 51 countries had participated in the convention.


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