Seminar evaluates role and importance of Goan Diaspora
The relations of the Goan Diaspora to its respective host countries, as well as to homeland Goa were the focus of attention of scholars, policy-makers, Goans residing in the capital city and other interested in the day-long seminar organised by the local Goan association “Goenkarancho Ekvot”, last weekend, at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
The initiative, coordinated by its President Suman Kurade and Professor Peter Ronald de Souza, was inaugurated by Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Government of Goa, who gave an overview on the most recent programs designed to protect Goan emigrants and attract their skills and assets for the development of
The morning session addressed the “Place of the Goan Diaspora in the making of Contemporary Goa”. While Julio Ribeiro, former ex-Commissioner for Police, resuscitated memories of past Goan life in Mumbai and the importance of the “kuds” as social and political meeting points, reputed architect and writer Pramod Kale discussed how Gulf Goans are represented in “tiatr”. D H Panandiker, former Secretary General of FICCI, made a detailed presentation on the role remittances from the Diaspora play in the economic development of
The afternoon session on “Goan Diaspora and the Host Community” included a presentation by Edgar Ribeiro on the environmental challenges which
Peter Ronald de Souza, who has been appointed director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, in Shimla, offered the concluding remarks and welcomed the support expressed by Minister Eduardo Faleiro to a future project studying the role of kuds in