The annual Asean-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Singapore is set to begin from Jan. 6. The two-day conference, which will be attended by top leaders and businessmen from Singapore and India, will discuss the contribution of the Indian diaspora community in Southeast Asia.
About 2,500 participants from across the world will attend this year’s edition, the theme of which is “Ancient Route, New Journey: Diaspora in the Dynamic Asean-India Partnership.” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will inaugurate the event, to be attended, among others, by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran. Chandrajit Banerjee, the director general of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is among the top business leaders scheduled to attend the conference. Swaraj is set to begin her year with a three-nation Southeast Asia tour, including, besides Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.