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Global Goans’ convention 2007

Navhind Times - January 3, 2007

Global Goans’ convention begins today

NT Staff Reporter

Panaji, Jan 2 The Gomant Vishwa Sammelan 2007, a three-day global Goans’ convention to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane on January 3, will be participated by four heads of division linked to the ministry of external affairs (MoEA), who would be comprehending the problems faced by NRGs.

The four top officials are the chief passport officer of the Government of India, head of the Gulf countries division, head of the Western European countries division and the head of the Americas - the United States of America and Canada.

Terming participation of four top officials of the MoEA at the convention as ‘unique’, the Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Mr Eduardo Faleiro told The Navhind Times today that till this point of time, around 100 delegates have confirmed their registration with the Commisionerate.

The convention will be held in two parts, a plenary session and an interactive session, he informed, adding “the plenary session to be held at Hotel Cidade de Goa will be attended by the Governor, the Chief Minister, the deputy Chief Minister, heads of various divisions of the ministry for external affairs, foreign diplomats and some representatives of the Goa diaspora in the five continents.” The interactive session, on the other hand will be held at the Secretariat, Porvorim, and addressed by the Chief Minister who is also the Minister for the Department of Information and Publicity, the deputy Chief Minister, the Minister for Industries, the Minister for Art and Culture, besides few other ministers, the Commissioner for NRI Affairs informed.

“The interactive session will have the delegates asking questions to the ministers and seeking clarifications,” he pointed out. Speaking further, Mr Faleiro said that the NRG-specific issues would be discussed.

The follow-up procedure for the NRG-centric issues has already been chalked out, he stated, pointing out that the concerned ministers have been requested to keep a detailed record of the proceedings, at the interactive session. “They have also been requested to highlight in this record, the assurances given by them to the NRGs,” the Commissioner for NRI Affairs added.

“The Ministers have further been requested to fulfill the assurances given to the NRGs within a reasonable period of time,” he said and added, “and they have kindly agreed to follow the same.”

Mr Faleiro also said that the registration fee for the convention is Rs 1,000, per delegate, adding “the fee should not be viewed as on the higher side but as a significant contribution from the delegates.” The convention will include the presentation of achievement awards to the global Goans.