Pooling PIO Resources as Major Theme of the Convention

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) was formed at the First Global Convention of People of Indian Origin in New York in 1989. The initial thrust of GOPIO was fighting human rights violation of people of Indian origin (PIO). In the early 1990s GOPIO had filed cases of such violations in Fiji and Sri Lanka to the United Nations.

People of Indian origin constitute a global community of 20 million people. It is bigger than many countries of Europe. According to a survey, PIOs living outside India has a combined yearly economic output of about $500 billion, as much as the GDP of India. GOPIO has now set its priorities in pooling PIO resources, both financial and professional, for the benefit of PIOs, the countries they come from and India. Toward this goal, the organization has set up GOPIO Business Council early this year to promote business and investment opportunities between different countries having PIO population.

GOPIO Convention 2000

Over 400 delegates from 20 countries are expected to attend Global Convention 2000 to be held at Swissotel, Zurich, Switzerland. Several conference sessions will be held at the convention scheduled to begin with an inauguration on July 21st evening. The conference theme is "Global PIO Collaboration in Technology, Trade, Investments and Pooling Resources." With European countries going after Indian IT talents, this meeting will serve as a stepping stone for Indian and PIO companies to develop contacts and networking. After the opening session on Saturday, July 22nd, there will be three sessions related to business, international trading and technology. It will also cover pooling PIO resources and developing PIO networking.

With crisis in Fiji where a democratically elected PIO Prime Minister is still held as a hostage, Fiji will be a major subject for discussion on Sunday, July 23rd. Speakers for this session are from Fiji, Australia, Netherlands and Canada.

Cultural programs will be an important part of the convention. PIO artists from the U.S., Guyana, India and Switzerland will perform on Friday and Saturday evenings. The convention is also expected to pass several resolutions pertaining to PIO communities residing in different parts of the world.

The convener of the convention is Jagdish Makwana of Zurich. GOPIO President is Dr. Thomas Abraham of New York and Secretary General is Dr. Jagat Motwani of New York. The conference chairpersons are Dr. Jyoti Barot of New York and Dr. Satish Gupta of Bern, Switzerland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jagat Motwani at 516/735-9605, e-mail: jagatmotwani@yahoo.com or Dr. Satish Gupta at (41) 31-971 971-4115, E-mail: satish.gupta@gmx.net