Singapore to host South Asian Diaspora convention in July

Singapore to host South Asian Diaspora convention in July Singapore: Singapore to host an international convention on South Asian Diaspora in July, where topics related to geopolitics and socio-economic issues will be discussed.

More than 500 delegates are expected to participate in the government-supported convention to be held on July 21-23 this year. The theme of the convention is "Linking the South Asian Diaspora".

Singapore President S R Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong would be attending and addressing the three-day convention.

High-level experts from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would also be addressing the conference on various aspects of South Asian region, especially on geopolitics and socio-economic subjects, said Gopinath Pillai, Chairman of the Institute of South Asian Studies of Singapore (ISAS).

Speakers from Japan, South Korea, China and the United States would be presenting their views on the South Asian region at the convention.

"We expect eminent members of the diaspora from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia," said Pillai.

The conference would also see the launch of a book on South Asia, and end with a cricket match as well as presentation on Bollywood, the two passions of South Asian communities, he said.

The event would likely lead to the establishment of an institute on the studies of South Asian Diaspora, Professor S D Muni, visiting professor at ISAS said.

Singapore, already host to more than 400,000 Indian origin and Indian expat communities, aims to enhance its status as financial, commerce and trading hub for Asia, said Pillai.