Vijay Eswaran was recently invited by the Government of India to the largest convention of the global Indian diaspora known as the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD). The 6th annual PBD is a prestigious platform for global Indians to come together with prominent ministers of the government and the diaspora to discuss important issues related to the diaspora and how it affects them. The two-day convention covers important sessions such as the ‘Knowledge Economy’, Trade and Business opportunities, Social Development challenges, and Investment and Infrastructure among others.
Vijay was part of a distinguished panel on the ‘Knowledge Economy’ that included Mr. Sam Pitroda, chairman of National Knowledge Commission, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM, and Dr. Balaji Sadasivam, Senior Minister from Singapore.
Vijay’s speech covered the most important points on India’s potential as a global partner for the ‘Knowledge Economy’ which is not just a hot topic that is restricted to the IT industry. He referred to India’s 6000-year-old history and to a time when India was contributing 50% of the world’s GDP. He also raised significant points about the challenges India faces in achieving its fullest potential and how certain reforms by the government can help India be one of the leading ‘Knowledge Economies’ of the world.
The speech was very well received and appreciated by the panel and the audience members who followed up the session with a lively Q&A with the distinguished panel.