Previous Regional PBDs

The 7th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) Convention was organized by erstwhile Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in Sydney, from 10 – 12 November 2013 to interact with the Indian Diaspora to reaffirm its connectivity with the ancestral motherland and to learn first-hand its expectations and concerns. The 7th RPBD was held in Australia to recognise and honour the sentiments of the Indian diaspora in that region. Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea represent an important region for our diaspora, and the contribution and significance of the Indian community has been well recognised.

The theme of the PBD Convention in Sydney was "Connecting for a Shared Future: The Indian Diaspora, India and the Pacific". This was appropriate, as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas seeks to reach out to both members of the Indian origin community as well as everyone else interested in plugging into India's growing relationship with Australia and its neighbouring countries.

The programme for the event included an inaugural session on Sharing Experiences and breakout sessions on different topics including Bilateral Business Opportunities in Services, Resources, Primary Commodities, Engagement through Culture, Indian Languages, Skills, Infrastructure (Airports, Ports, Road and Construction), Manufacturing, Education, Culture and Youth Dialogue. There were breakout sessions also on Sharing Experiences, The Indian Diaspora in the Pacific, Honouring the Success Stories, Scientists and Academics, Women in Business and Community, Power of Media in the Asian Century and India Australia Strategic Partnership.

The eighth Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was held in London, UK from 16 - 18 October 2014 and the ninth RPBD on 14 - 15 November 2015 in Los Angeles California, USA.

PBD-Canada

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Canada was held in Toronto from 9-10th June, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Governor General of Canada Mr. David Johnston graced the inaugural ceremony on 9 June. The Premier of Ontario Mr. Dalton McGuinty also attended and spoke at the inaugural function. Several members of the Canadian Parliament as well as Ministers of the Ontario Government lent their support to the event by their presence. The Indian delegation was led by Smt. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs.

The theme of the Conference was "Building bridges: Positioning strategies for the Indian Diaspora”. The inaugural session was attended by nearly 1000 persons, the largest ever participation in any regional PBD.

PBD-Africa

The fourth in the series called ‘PBD Africa’ was held in Durban, South Africa from 1 - 2 October 2010. The President of South Africa Mr. Jacob Zuma graced the closing session on 2 October 2010. The event was inaugurated on 1 October 2010 by Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, Shri Vayalar Ravi. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa and coincided with the birth anniversary on 2nd October of the great Indian icon of peace and non-violence, Mahtama Gandhi.

PBD-Mauritius

The 6th Regional/Overseas Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Mauritius was held in 27-28 October, 2012 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC), Pailles, Mauritius. The event was graced by the Prime Minister and the President of Mauritius besides several other Cabinet Ministers. The Hon`ble Minster for Overseas Indian Affairs delivered the opening address in the inaugural session. The theme of the Conference was "Shared Roots, Common Destiny". The dedicated website for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Mauritius was  www.pbdmauritius.org

Five other Regional PBDs have been held earlier at the following locations:

  • New York, USA on 24 September 2007
  • Singapore on 10-11 October 2008
  • The Hague, Netherlands on 19 September 2009
  • Durban, South Africa on 1-2 October 2010
  • Toronto, Canada on 8-10 June 2011

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions

Sr. No. PBD Year Name & Position Country
1 2003 Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister Mauritius
2 2004 Shri Bharrat Jagdeo, President Guyana
3 2005 Shri J.R. Ajodhia, Vice President Suriname
4 2006 Shri Ahmed Kathrada, Political Activist and a Contemporay of Nelson Mandela South Africa
5 2007 Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime Minister Singapore
6 2008 Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister Mauritius
7 2009 Dr. Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice President Suriname
8 2010 Dr. Khalid Hameed, Chairman, Alpha Hospital Group UK
9 2011 Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor General New Zealand
10 2012 H.E. Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar Trinidad and Tobago
11 2013 Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, President Mauritius
12 2014 Dato Sri G.Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia
13 2015 H.E.Mr.Donald Rabinderanauth Ramotar, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana Guyana

Dates and Venues

Year Dates Venue
2015 7-9 January 2015 Gandhinagar
2014 7-9 January 2014 New Delhi
2013 7-9 January 2013 Kochi
2012 7-9 January 2012 Jaipur
2011 7-9 January 2011 New Delhi
2010 7-9 January 2010 New Delhi
2009 7-9 January 2009 Chennai
2008 7-9 January 2008 New Delhi
2007 7-9 January 2007 New Delhi
2006 7-9 January 2006 Hyderabad
2005 7-9 January 2005 Mumbai
2004 9-11 January 2004 New Delhi
2003 9-11 January 2003 New Delhi

RPBD Los Angele 2015