Mauritius: A delegation comprising more than 500 persons left Mauritius yesterday to participate in the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention to be held from 08 to 10 January 2023 in Indore, India.
On this occasion, a See-off Ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail; the Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr Avinash Teeluck; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Alan Ganoo; the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mrs K. Nandini Singla; and other personalities, at the SSR International Airport in Plaisance.
In his address, Minister Teeluck said that it is a matter of pride that the Mauritian delegation comprises more than 500 participants and is the largest one to be participating in the 2023 PBD.
Mauritius has outshined the number of participants expected by the Government of India, and this is evidence of the love and profound ties that Mauritius shares with India, he stated.
He also expressed gratitude to the socio-cultural organisations and those who have contributed to making the participation of the Mauritian delegation in the event a success.
The Minister pointed out that during the conference, participants will have the privilege to attend a live address of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Minister Teeluck assured the delegates that accompanying officials would ensure that their trip took place in the best possible conditions and would attend to their queries. He wished the delegates a wonderful journey and encouraged them to make the most of India’s rich culture, historical sites, and gastronomy.
For her part, the Indian High Commissioner said that PBD Convention is a flagship event of the Indian Government and is highly symbolic for Mauritius as it showcases the reflects strong bond that the Government of India shares with Mauritius.
She recalled that Sir Anerood Jugnauth was the Chief guest for the first PBD organised in 2003 and that that for the last Convention in 2019, the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, was the Chief Guest.
Mrs Singla also stated that during the previous Conventions, Mauritius had the highest number of participants and that India is more than eager to welcome the Mauritian delegation for the 2023 PBD. She expressed hope that the participants will have a memorable time during their trip while highlighting that the Indian Government will do its best possible to cater to their needs and make their stay enjoyable.