The Convention provides an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas Indians

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention on January 9 in a virtual format. The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat."

The PBD Convention will feature a keynote address by the Chief Guest, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname. The winners of the online ‘Bharat ko Janiye’ Quiz for the youth will also be announced.

The Inaugural session will be followed by the two Plenary sessions. The first plenary on Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bharat, will feature addresses by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal while the second Plenary on Facing Post Covid-19 Challenges - Scenario in Health, Economy, Social and International Relations, will be addressed by Minister of Health Dr Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan.

Both Plenaries will feature panel discussions inviting eminent diaspora experts.

President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver a valedictory address to mark the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21 will also be announced. Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are conferred to select Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honour their contributions to various fields, both in India and abroad.

The Convention is the flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs and provides an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas Indians.

The Youth PBD will also be celebrated virtually on the theme “Bringing together Young Achievers from India and Indian Diaspora” on January 8, 2021, and will be anchored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Special Guest for the event is Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Community & Voluntary Sector of New Zealand.