Indian foreign minister Swaraj to lead delegation to Asean-India forum in Singapore

Asean-India 'Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas' will be held in Singapore in January 2018

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead a high-powered ministerial delegation to the Asean-India ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas’ which will be held in Singapore next year, India’s envoy in Singapore said.

“Minister Swaraj will lead the Indian delegation to the Asean-India Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2018 which will also be attended by Indian ministers and a number of chief ministers, besides business leaders and independent experts,” said India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf.

He announced this at a media briefing and launch of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2018 to be held on January 6-7, reports PTI.

Leaders from the region in different walks of life, including politics, business, government, academia, and culture from the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) will also be speaking at the two-day gathering, which is expected to be the largest Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas meeting abroad. The Indian High Commission is targeting a participation of 3,000 delegates at the convention, the report added.

The PBD 2018 is an important part of the celebration of 25 years of the Asean-India partnership, Ashraf said.

An elaborate programme is planned covering ASEAN-India relations, role of diaspora in the dynamic bilateral partnership, history of the diaspora and its aspirations and achievements in the grouping’s member countries, business, exhibitions and cultural events, ayurveda and yoga. There will also be competitions and events for the diaspora youth, according to the report.

“We hope to create platforms and channels that will enable our diaspora not only to connect more closely with each other in the region and with India, but also participate more intensively in promoting closer ties between India and ASEAN member countries.

“Asean-India partnership as also India’s relations with individual members have seen enormous progress in the past 25 years, he said, and the future for India and Asean and the relationship looks brighter,” the report quoted Ashraf.


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