About Us Indian Community in Madagascar

There are about 18 000 persons of India origin in Madagascar, including approximately 3000 Indian passport holders.  Most of them are in trading but also manufacturing and other businesses. In recent years a number of Indian professionals have been working in different companies including multi-national companies in Madagascar. The first Indians settlers, mostly from Gujarat, arrived in Madagascar in 1880. Most of them are in trading but some of them are also in the manufacturing, real estate and other assorted businesses. According to African media sources, among the richest businessmen in Africa, four are from Madagascar and among whom three are PIOs.

The role played by the Indian community and diaspora in economic development of Madagascar is appreciated at all levels.  Some of the Indian Diaspora are quite influential and their contribution to the total GDP of Madagascar is substantial. In recent years a number of Indian professionals have migrated and are working in different companies, including multi-national companies in Madagascar. The Indian Diaspora has been playing a significant role in preserving and promoting Indian culture and traditional values.

15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – 21- 23 January, 2019 at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

         As you may be aware that the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being organised at Varanasi from 21-23 January, 2019 in partnership with State of Uttar Pradesh.  This time the participants will also have the opportunity to participate in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi.

         Those who are interested to participate, may find the registration, programme and payment details on the PBD websitewww.pbdindia.gov.in

         The registration will be open till 15 November, 2018

         In preparations for the mega-event of PBD 2019, Government will be making arrangements for travel and stay of over 5000 participants that are expected to join the PBD Conventon.  The entire duration of the programme will be six days – 21 – 26 January, 2019.  Participation in the Kumbh Mela and witnessing the Republic Day parade, is optional. The participants will have the option to choose their stay either in hotel or tented Swiss cottages in Varanasi when they register on the website.  Tented accommodation will be arranged at Prayagraj near the Sangam for those who choose to participate in the Kumbh Mela.  As the number of accommodation in Prayagraj and number of tickets for Republic Day parade are limited, these would be provided on first-come-first-serve basis.  Local transport for pick-up and drop-off to the venue and guided tours for local sightseeing in and around Varanasi and Prayagraj, including visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple and River Ganga Aarti at Varanasi will also be arranged by the Government.  Participants will be taken to Prayagraj in Special airconditioned Volvo coaches and brought back to Delhi in Special airconditioned trains.  Arrangements are also being made for their participation in the Republic Day parade.  Lunches and dinners are also being arranged for all the 3 days of PBD convention.  The participants will have the opportunity to experience India’s rich cultural heritage and progress and innovation through Cultural Evenings and Exhibitions that are being arranged as part of PBD 2019 celebrations. Detailed programme of the event is given below. 

         All members of the Indian diaspora community are requested to disseminate this information among their friends, relations and fellow Indians for larger participation in the PBD 2019.