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Unique conference to woo Indians

In an effort to reach out to overseas Indians in the Asia-Pacific and beyond, a major international conference is being organised in Singapore from Oct 9 to 11.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2008 00:45 IST

In an effort to reach out to overseas Indians in the Asia-Pacific and beyond, a major international conference modelled on India’s annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being organised in Singapore from October 9 to 11.

Entitled “PBD Singapore — Towards a Dynamic Indian Diaspora”, the conference is being organised by the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI), the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). In a press statement, SICCI Chairman Vijay Iyengar said, “This is truly an extraordinary conference to gain insights into the business and investment opportunities in India as well as Singapore to further strengthen her position as an ideal gateway for Indian companies to reach out to the region and beyond.”

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver the inaugural keynote address while Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar are among the 40 speakers listed for the event. From India, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, IT & Telecommunications Minister A. Raja and Science & Technology Minister are among those who will address the two-day conference.