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Make in India, Clean Ganga initiatives to be showcased at PBD

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Government will showcase its new initiatives like Make in India, Clean Ganga and economic reforms at the Pravasi Bhartia Divas, India's annual event to connect with diaspora to be held next month in Gandhinagar, to woo investors and strengthen the two-way engagement.

The 13th edition of the three-day annual event beginning January 7 has a special significance this year as it will also commemorate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's return from

Prime Minister Modi will address the conclave on January 8 while President will confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards to distinguished overseas Indians on January 9.

External Affairs Minister said around 3,000 delegates from the diaspora community from across the world are likely to participate in the event being organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs along with Government.

Swaraj said President of the Republic of Guyana Donald Ramotar will be Chief Guest of the event to which Foreign Minister of has also been invited because of commemoration of Gandhi's return from that country.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and a number of Union Ministers will participate in plenary sessions which will have themes such as 'Opportunities in India', Smart Cities and Urban Planning, Skill Development and Tourism etc.

Chief Ministers of non-ruled states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Nagaland have confirmed their participation along with those ruled by BJP or its allies include Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana and Maharastra.

Addressing a press conference along with Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, Swaraj, also Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, said she personally invited all the Chief Ministers including West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee and hoped that more CMs will participate in the event.

First Published: Mon, December 22 2014. 15:15 IST