This year, the Portugal Indian-origin Prime Minister Antonio Costa will be the Chief Guest at the convention. He will participate in the inaugural session of the convention on January 8 and is set to address the delegates. Another Indian-origin leader, Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin, the Vice President of the Republic of Suriname, will be the special guest at the Youth PBD convection on January 7.
This year the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), under the tutelage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has even expanded the scope of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards (PBSAs) to include NRIs and PIOs who achieve success abroad and also help India’s cause by making philanthropic investments and do charitable work in India, or contribute to India’s development. Also, as part of the activities lined up for the forthcoming PBD the Ministry of External Affairs (EMA) is organizing a national contest to identify the country's top 25 social innovations. The Ministry will be conducting this nation-wide search with the support of Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog.
Importantly, the format of the PBD was also recently been announced to be significantly changed. It was decided that PBD to be moved outside Delhi to different states every two years; and a smaller event will be held in Delhi every alternate year.