Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated annually to recognize the achievements and contributions of Indian Community overseas and to foster their links with India. The Indian Community in Hong Kong has played a vital and significant role in development of Hong Kong as well as building partnership between both the nations.
Mr. Puneet Agrawal, Hon Consulate General of India to Hong Kong and Macau led the event, in which he recognized the achievements of Indian community here and also felicitated Mrs. Purviz Shroff and Mr. Harry Banga at the event.
While overviewing the achievements, Mr. Agrawal lauded the 5th year celebration of Festival of India – India by the Bay and hoped that it would make a mark on the Hong Kong calendar in future.
Indian Consulate has been helping various interest groups like Business, Education, Cultural background etc. who have found a common ground with their potential Hong Kong counterparts to take the relationship forward to expand their horizon.
Here is a list of projects in the pipeline, to name a few:
- India start-ups collaborating with HK Science and Technology Park.
- Consulate is working with China General Chamber of Commerce and Hong Kong General Chamber of commerce over financial, double taxation and other matters to help businesses and investors from both the countries.
- IIT Madras is working on collaborating with Hong Kong Universities and Baptist University has signed an exchange program with IIT Kanpur.
- Arranging counseling sessions for Indian students for future placements.
- Working with Hong Kong University (HKU) to collaborate with Indian University.
- Arranging a session with the local tour operators to facilitate tourist visas
- Facilitating with visa (e-visa – medical, conference, business, domestic helper visa etc.)
- Consulate is also working with cultural department for venue, immigration process (for Hong Kong and transit), and other issues to enable sports persons to participate in sports events.
- Consul General mentioned that current passport processing time is 2- 3 weeks as the passports are printed in New Delhi n.
- Consulate is also working with Hong Kong immigration officers to resolve asylum seeker issues. Getting proper documents is one of the issues being faced. Currently, consulate is facing a major hindrance over privacy issue that prevents them to avail details from immigration department; However, Indian Consulate is working with the Hong Kong government to share it on consent basis.
Finally, Consul General introduced the audience with consular officers who are handling visa, cultural, educational, office admin activities etc. in the Consulate. He also made an announcement about his transfer to Geneva and informed that Ms. Priyanka Chauhan, who is coming from New Delhi will be taking a charge as Consul General of India to Hong Kong and Macau.
While taking a stock of Indian consulate’s direct involvement in promoting Indian culture, Mr. Agrawal mentioned about consulate is offering free Sanskrit and Yoga classes over the weekends.
There will also be a workshop on India music on 16th February 2019.
This year, Indian Consulate has been conducting series of activities to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi such as:
- Tree-plantation program – Sai Kung area.
- Cycling event by Raja Chandra mission in Taikoo area.
- Outreach to schools – Gandhi’s messages with a target of covering 12 schools.
This synergistic event was concluded with Indian snacks and hearty chats.
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