Jointly, organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) Government of India, and the Confederation of Indian Industry, (CII) - Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is an annual event celebrating the achievements of the Indian Diaspora. This international event in India is celebrated to develop productive interaction of the Indian Diaspora with India. The latest Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held during 6–7 January 2018 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is an annual affair and was first celebrated in the year 2003. Every year the event is celebrated on 9 January by the Republic of India to respect the overseas Indian community and their work towards the development of India. The particular date was marked as it the day of the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.
Creating a consciousness of 'Global Indian family' was the main achievement and highlight of the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Close interaction of the Indian Diaspora with the Central and State government to define new policy initiatives for the Diaspora and exploring business opportunities in India within the Diaspora were the important objectives of the second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Preparing a global network of the younger generation of the Indian Diaspora spread across the world was another major objective of the event.
At present, there are 64 offices in India and 9 overseas offices in Austria, Australia, France, China, Singapore, Japan, USA, UK and Germany. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Community has partnered 211 organizations which behave as its counterparts. These are spanned over 81 countries.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on a large scale as Indian Diaspora from all over the world come to participate in the event. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is attended by not only large number of foreign delegates but also, an equal number of domestic participants.
Eminent NRIs/PIOs are also felicitated for their achievements with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman on this occasion. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a big event, which involves not only speeches and conferences but also exhibitions, food fests and entertainment evenings.