Expressing confidence that the country will return to 9-10 per cent economic growth within a couple of years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today invited the Indian diaspora to participate in the development of the country of their origin.
Inaugurating the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas celebrations here, he pointed out that infrastructure, agriculture, health and education were the key priorities for the second term of the UPA government.
"It is important to connect the second generation of Indians to India's march forward," he told the gathering.
People of Indian origin spread all across the world are participating in the meet attended by nearly 1,500 delegates from over 40 countries.
The Prime Minister said India's economy had fared well despite the unprecedented global financial crisis and recorded 7 per cent growth this year.
He said India's growth has been one of the fastest this year. "We are equally optimistic of returning to sustained growth of 9-10 per cent in a couple of years," Singh said.
He noted that the rapid economic growth over the last two years had helped millions of people in the country "but more needs to be done".