The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) launched its 25th (Jubilee) Anniversary conference and convention on March 17, and plans are in full swing for a gala celebration to take place from May 27 to 29 preceding the 169th Indian Arrival Day commemoration in Trinidad and Tobago.
GOPIO members and other delegates from Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, France, the UK, Canada, the USA, South Africa and the Caribbean have already registered to attend the convention.
The event is scheduled to include meetings with business leaders from among the diaspora, a one-day academic conference, an awards banquet and gala, as well as cultural programmes, a culture and heritage exposition and the unveiling of a commemorative monument on Indian Arrival Day.
GOPIO International (USA) president Ashook Ramsaran arrived in Trinidad to join the GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago chapter in hosting local stakeholders at a business reception, which was scheduled for yesterday.
Ramsaran was instrumental in promoting T&T to the GOPIO executive council as the best country to host the 25th Jubilee Anniversary conference and convention.
He endorsed this country on the basis of lucrative business opportunities in the fields of energy, natural resources, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, hospitality, import/export, call centres and education. Additionally, T&T’s modern transportation facilities, reasonably priced hotel accommodation, and location just four hours nonstop from New York proved advantageous.
GOPIO was formed in 1989 at the conclusion of the five-day Global Convention of People of Indian Origin in New York in August-September 1989. The non-partisan, non-sectarian organisation has grown tremendously over the years and now has chapters in several countries.
GOPIO has been fighting for the issues and concerns of overseas Indians and has been the primary advocacy organisation for the people of Indian origin and non-resident Indians.