Having lived in India, with my family in Canada and London and being proudly South African I feel privileged to know that we are significantly represented by an International organization for people of Indian origin (PIO), GOPIO.
This visionary assembly was founded at the First Global Convention of People of Indian Origin in New York in 1989, with the initial thrust of fighting human rights violation of people of Indian origin. Although this has been improved in the last one decade, human rights violations continue to be a major issue for PIOs living outside India.
GOPIO has now set its priorities in pooling their resources, both financial and professional, for the benefit of PIOs, the countries they come from and India.
It is with great honour that Durban, will be hosting the GOPIO International Business Summit on the 19th to 20th May 2017 at Coastlands Hotel - Umhlanga.
Mr Ishwar Ramlutchman who is the Convenor and International Co-Ordinator for Africa, has spearheaded this historic event in the land of our Peace Icons, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. "I am overwhelmed to host such a momentous meeting of great minds and individuals who are equally concerned about global economic problems. And this visit will ensure future investment in South Africa to contribute to stabilising our economy." says Mr. Ramlutchman.GOPIO International Business Summit will bring together a growing community of overseas Indians from 50 countries.
GOPIO International South African, is committed to the unconditional enhancement of the lives of PIO's, NRI and the larger South African community; to connect, share and engage with global PIO's, NRI, in social, health, cultural and academic issues; and to facilitate, promote and advance business and entrepreneurship alliances with global PIO's, NRI and India.Dr. Thomas Abraham (USA) The Chairperson of GOPIO International has perfectly titled the summit as, "INDIASPORA BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND FRONTIERS.
"and shares his integral thoughts, "As the theme suggests, the two-day GOPIO convention in Durban, South Africa has struck the right note in articulating Indiaspora building Africa through opportunities beyond frontiers. From the first Global Convention in 1989 and 28 years later, GOPIO has grown bigger and better in mobilizing the community for common causes by bringing a sense of friendship and community spirit and serving the global Indian community by taking up their issues to various governments and international agencies as well as the society we live in.
We took up issues of human rights violations is countries such as Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as against Apartheid in South Africa. The Resolution Number 7, passed at the convention in 1989, called upon the South African Indian community to unite and work in solidarity with all democratic organizations and freedom loving people of South Africa towards dismantling of Apartheid and the creation of just and democratic society."