15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas: India, Mauritius discuss comprehensive economic partnership agreement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 January 2019 held talks with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth here on ways to boost bilateral trade and investment, including finalization of a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, and expand cooperation in ‘blue economy’ sectors.

Both leaders met in Varanasi on the sidelines of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas which was inaugurated by Mr. Modi, and in which Mr. Jugnauth was the Chief Guest and keynote speaker.

The two prime ministers reviewed the entire gamut of the long-standing and time-tested strategic relationship between both countries, based on deep emotional bonds of kinship and culture, in a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Jugnauth also discussed the ongoing bilateral development co-operation projects and new proposals for critical partnership projects in health, disaster management, and energy sectors were agreed upon.

Both leaders also discussed ways to expand further co-operation in areas of the blue economy. Blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihood and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.

Key Features:-

1. The opening day of the event started with the Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Bhartiya Divas. The young diaspora engaged with its counterparts back home in India.
2. The event is jointly organized by the Union Ministry of External Affairs in association with the Uttar Pradesh government.
3. The Nodal Officer of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is Deepak Agrawal, Commissioner of Varanasi Division.
4. The main convention center of PBD 2019 is the Deen Dayal Trade Facilitation Centre at Bada Lalpur, Varanasi. The entire campus has been decorated with the theme of ‘Kashi Culture’ depicting famous ghats, temples and the ethos of the most ancient living city.
5. Information and Broadcasting Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated several exhibitions including a digital exhibition on the theme of ‘Ek Bharat Swachh Bharat: Sardar Patel and Gandhi ke Sapno ka Bharat’, intended towards the PBD.

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