The event is also known as ‘Non-Resident Indian Day’ as it marked the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in the year 1915 on the same day i.e. January 9. The programme also acknowledges the contribution of Indians living abroad in the development of the country.

The PBD is organised by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and is supported by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region of India.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas programme serves as a platform for the Indians to share their valuable experiences in various fields. Moreover, individuals who have achieved excellence in their respective fields are also honoured during the programme with the prestigious ‘Bharatiya Samman’ award.

The PBD not only helps in networking and building partnerships but also promotes various initiatives related to trade, investment, education, culture, health, emigration, developments and science.

Over 4,000 delegates of Indian diaspora are expected to attend the 13th PBD initiated by then NDA government in 2003.

Guyana President Donald Ramotar  is the chief guest for this year's programme. The chief guest will also be honoured with the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’.

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Wednesday. After the inauguration, a plenary session on ‘Bharat Ko Jano & Bharat Ko Mano' followed by a talk on ‘Thoughts of Gandhi in 21st century referring to youths’ was also held.

Besides, important projects of NDA government including Make in India, Swachch Bharat, Skill India, Clean Ganga, and Tourism campaigns would also be briefed to the diaspora.

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