PBD DIARY

PBD 2006 DIARY

The 9th floor of New Delhiís Akbar Bhavan, set in the heart of the very pretty diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri, has been abuzz during the last three months. It is where sits the Think Tank that conceived the current PBD, and gave it shape. A team led by Joint Secretary (NRI-PIO) Malay Mishra has painstakingly coordinated the activities of various teams that have laboured to manage the event. A couple of teams, including one led by Mishra, visited diaspora nations, inviting participation at this prestigious international event.

The subjects (culture, youth, state Government sessions, overseas employment, gender issues, health care, education, investment, philanthropy, knowledge network) for various segments were thought out carefully, after much brainstorming. The mix of cultural sessions was also worked out with a great deal of creativity.

It is for the first time that the Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs, set up barely two years ago, has been able to carry out the event entirely on its own shoulders. For the earlier three PBD events, it was the industry body FICCI that had walked away with the honours for the PBD (2003, 2004, 2005). This time, the MOIA with a new leader at the helm, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Oscar Fernandes, has been able to put its act together.

Itís time to celebrate the change. 

A team led by Joint Secretary (NRI-PIO) Malay Mishra has painstakingly coordinated the activities of various teams that have laboured to manage the event.

January 2006

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