Jaipur: The Indo-Canada Chamber Of Commerce was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) at the recently concluded Pravasi Diwas and was presented to the President of ICCC by Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the President of India.
The PBSA is the highest honour conferred by the Government of India on overseas Indians or an institution run by overseas Indians. The PBSA acknowledges contributions by an organisation in eight different spheres, and includes contributions that lead to a better understanding abroad of India, support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way, and building closer links between India, the Indian Diaspora and their country of residence.
Accepting the award on behalf of the ICCC, Thakkar said, “This is an extraordinary honour being bestowed on the ICCC. This singular recognition by the Government of India of the ICCC’s many contributions over the last 35 years is a tribute to the successive leadership of past presidents and in particular to our vibrant members across Canada.”
Thakkar is at present in India, leading an ICCC-Town of Markham business delegation to India and the UAE. The delegation, comprising over 60 small and medium business entrepreneurs from diverse sectors is also participating in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention of the Indian Diaspora in Jaipur besides visiting Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Dubai. The Mayor of Markham, His Worship Mr. Frank Scarpitti, is the co-leader of this delegation.
The High Commissioner of India in Ottawa, Mr. S. M. Gavai, in his congratulatory message said, “This is in recognition of ICCC’s contribution towards the promotion of India Canada friendship. We are confident that this signal honour conferred by the Government of India will further encourage the institution to work towards the promotion of ties between India and Canada, particularly in the field of trade and commerce and people to people relations.”
In commenting on what he described as a “well-deserved award,” High Commissioner for Canada to India, Mr. Stewart Beck said, “Over the years, the ICCC has done an excellent job in strengthening the people-to-people and business-to-business relations that are so important in strengthening our bilateral relationship. The ICCC did an outstanding job in organising the regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Toronto last June, one of the many events from last year’s Year of India in Canada.”
Preeti Saran, Consul General of India in Toronto, said, “I have had the pleasure of interacting with the ICCC leadership and its membership over the last many years. This award is a wonderful recognition of this pioneering organization’s splendid work on so many fronts. I want to congratulate Satish Thakkar, President, ICCC and his team on this milestone achievement.”