On Thursday, 9th January, External Affairs Minister of India indicated that he would consider London as the next hotspot for hosting a Global Indian Investors' Summit that may co-incide with the Davos' World Economic Forum.
Addressing the diaspora communities on the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Dr. S Jaishankar recognised the economic and socio-cultural contributions that the NRIs (Non-resident Indians) and PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) make to oversees countries. Jaishankar interacted with the NRIs in Australia, Surinam, USA, Singapore, Doha, Malaysia, the UK and Mauritius through video conferencing. He was accompanied alongside Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Secretary, East, Vijay Thakur Singh. Answering a question posed by Dr. Mohan Kaul, Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council, Jaishankar said,
“I would seriously consider hosting a Global CEOs Pravasi Divas in London especially for all the CEOs of Indian-origin who have been living in the UK and spearheading the global markets and industries.”
The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on January 9 every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion ever since Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa in 1915 to lead India's freedom struggle against The Empire.