Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Jaipur from today
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.