Diaspora is one of the six mega trends under the current phase of globalization. It has emerged as one of
the global heritage resources in the socio-cultural arena and an important driver of global economic
Indian Diaspora estimated to be around 30 million strong and spread around 102 countries have
demonstrated strong retention of their Indian identity and shown great emotional and cultural attachment
with India. They have played a significant socio-cultural and democratic role in their host countries
which reflect the democratic ethos and tolerant, accommodative value system of Indian civilization. The
rising India with its global footprint and its urge to spread its soft presence across the globe, finds
its children abroad as its best partner.
Besides possessing a global Indian identity, they are also amongst the top professionals occupying high
positions in economic and professional echelons of their countries. With India’s growth story and
emergence of huge economic opportunities they are well poised to play an important role in facilitating
trade and investment linkages between their adopted countries and India.
The Indian Diaspora serves as a catalyst between India and Indian Diaspora hosting countries increasing
their cultural, economic and strategic ties. The role of diaspora in the bilateral relations of host and
home countries plays out at both state and civil society levels. But the shaping of the policy to enable
diaspora as a catalyst is done by parliamentarians and state functionaries. Their role is further
complemented by people to people interactions in the socio- cultural and business area.
It is in this context that Antar-Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad(ARSP) and PIO-CCI are organising an
International Conference of PIO Parliamentarians in New Delhi on 10 th January, 2018. Over 130
Parliamentarians of Indian origin from different countries around the world have confirmed their
participation in the conference. The conference aims to deliberate on ‘Role of PIO Parliamentarians in
building bridges of friendship and understanding between India and their adopted countries’.
The event being organized by ARSP and PIO-CCI would bring together a large number of MPs and Mayors of
Indian origin from different countries to deliberate on how cultural and the economic and business
linkages could be developed. Exposure to this event would provide a unique opportunity for people to
people interaction and to the Indian companies to project themselves on the global stage and create
extremely useful business relationships in those countries which have a large diaspora presence.
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