The first-ever Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference was held in the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) in New Delhi on the occasion of Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD).
It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The conference was way of reaching out to Indian community overseas by Central government.
The PIO Parliamentary Conference was organised by Ministry of External Affairs to forge stronger ties with PIO.
124 Members of Parliament (MP) and 17 mayors from 23 countries including UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sri Lanka among others participated in this conference.
The biggest delegation was frim Guyana with 20 members of parliament and three mayors.
The US delegation was represented by only two mayors as the Senate is in session.
The event had two Thematic Plenary Sessions – ‘PIO Parliamentarians: A Journey from Struggle to Parliament’ and ‘Resurgent India: Role of PIO Parliamentarians’.