The Indian-origin Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa will be the chief guest at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention. The PBD Convention is scheduled to be held from January 7 to 9, 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka and it will be based on the theme - “Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora". Mr. Costa will participate in the inaugural session of the PBD Convention on January 8 and address the delegates. Besides, Surinam Vice president Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin will be the Special Guest at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) to be held in Bengaluru on January 7, 2017.
The 54-year-old, Indian-origin Portugal PM Atonio Costa was born in Lisbon, capital city of Portugal. However, he traces his paternal roots to Goa as his grandfather, Luis Afonso Maria da Costa hailed from Goa.
Post Portugal’s 2015 general election, Atonio Costa, a lawyer by profession was appointed as Prime Minister after he had put together a coalition of left parties that is currently in power in Portugal.
The PBD is celebrated annually on January 9, the day when the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa. Obviously the day marks the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India. The conventions, celebrated every year since 2003, PBD provides a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. In 2014, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was held in New Delhi and was attended by 1,500 delegates from 51 countries. President Pranab Mukherjee gave the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards. Media India Group (MIG) is one of the media partner of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014. However, the PBD was canceled for 2016. The format of the event, which is held between January 7 and 9, has been changed as announced by the minister of external affairs and overseas Indian affairs Sushma Swaraj, in October 2015.