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Mini Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Durban in October

delhi Updated: Sep 17, 2010 23:06 IST

The next mini Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, a conclave of the Indian diaspora, will be held in South African city of Durban from October one.

The mini Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is being organised in South Africa with a view to connect with the large Indian diaspora of the country.

The event coincides with Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary and will also be a part of the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian immigrants in South Africa from India.

The theme of the two-day event will be 'India and Africa: Building Bridges', officials said.

The mini-PBD is is being organised in partnership with the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Government of South Africa.

Around 600 to 800 delegates from all over Africa are expected to participate in the conference.

The Premier of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) province, the Mayor of Durban Municipality, Indian origin community leaders, prominent businessmen, dignitaries and distinguished persons from African countries will participate in the event.

Durban has historic significance because Gandhi lived there from 1893 to 1914 and first experimented with non-violence as a tool of struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

South Africa has around 1.28 million Indian-origin people who constitute about 2.5 per cent of its total population.

A plenary session on "The Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century" will be held on October 2 followed by sessions on 'Business: Opportunity in Africa'.

The first ever mini-PBD was organised in New York in 2007 and the second was held in Singapore in 2008. The third mini-PBD was held last year in The Hague.