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Malaysian delegates to attend PBD

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 14:38 IST
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Works Minister and MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu will lead a 180-member delegation to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007, a conference which brings together people of Indian origin living overseas.

The three-day conference, which kicks off on Jan 7 in New Delhi, is aimed at bringing expertise and knowledge of the overseas Indian community to India in an effort to further boost collaboration among Indians worldwide.

Samy Vellu's delegation to the conference, dubbed the Indian Diaspora, would include MIC and non-governmental organisation heads and 20 Malaysian media practitioners.

"We will use this forum to seek more investments, especially infrastructure-related investments. We will also exchange information on various national and international issues," Samy Vellu said in a statement yesterday.

He said he would use the conference to hold discussions with several chief ministers of Indian states to explore business opportunities available there for Malaysian businesses.

The Malaysian delegation, which will also include Construction Industry Development Board chief executive officer Datuk Hamzah Hasan, is confident of securing more business deals during the trip.

"We hope to tap the increasing opportunities for infrastructure projects in India. It is a booming economy and it is only opportune that we use this platform to get more business," said Samy Vellu who is slated to present a keynote address at the conference.

MIC deputy president Datuk G Palanivel will also deliver a paper at the Diaspora.

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