External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called the Indian diaspora an asset for the country and urged them to participate in the country’s growth story.
Swaraj said her government will extend all possible support to the diaspora for investing in India.
She also said that India is eager to boost bilateral ties with Guyana adding that the Indian government will be building a monument in Guyana dedicated to the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in the country.
Guyanese president Donald Ramotar is the chief guest of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.
The minister said overseas Indians had grown as a confident community of over 25 million people in the past couple of decades.
“It pleases all Indians when overseas Indian community is respected for its work culture and discipline, successful integration with the local community and outstanding contribution to their respective countries,” she said.