Toronto: India would be organizing a mini-Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here to exhibit the country's colourful culture and traditions while strengthening economic ties between the two nations.

The two-day convention that begins June nine is likely to witness participation of more than 700 non-resident Indians from across North America, Overseas Indian Affairs Secretary A Didar Singh told newsmen here on Thursday.

The theme of the convention, jointly organised by the government of India and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) will be "Building Bridges: Positioning Strategies for the Indian Diaspora," Singh said.

The convention will celebrate contributions of the million strong Indo-Canadians to the country's society, he said.

"The convention and year-long events to commemorate "the Year of India in Canada" will give a big boost to India-Canada relations," Singh said.

The relations between the two countries have strengthened with the signing of crucial nuclear deal here last year and a decision to triple trade from the present USD 5 billion by 2015, he said.

2011 was declared as 'Year of India in Canada' by Indian Prime Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Stephen Harper during the latter's visit to India in November 2009, Consul General of India Preeti Saran said.

The art and culture of India along with its growth as an economic power will be showcased by the country’s High Commission in Ottawa, Saran said.

Efforts will be made to promote closer people-to-people ties across a broad range of sectors
including business, she said.

The two-day convention will have three plenary sessions: Role of the Indian Diaspora in building economic bridges; Engaging the Diaspora Youth: Education and Innovation; and Engaging the Global Indians, spokesperson for the convention, Asha Luthra said.

More than 50 experts in public policy and public affairs, corporate and business, medicine and healthcare, arts and culture, science and technology, youth and gender will be addressing the convention, ICCC President Vinay Nagpal said.

(Agencies)