GOPIO to hold Global Indian Business Summit

May 11, 2017 – GOPIO, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin ( and, together with GOPIO SOUTH AFRICA will be conducting GOPIO Africa Business Summit, at The Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga, Durban, Kwazulu Natal from May 19 through May 21, 2017.

The theme will be INDIASPORA BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND FRONTIERS, The three-day convention of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Durban, South Africa will strike the right note in articulating Indiaspora Building Africa through opportunities beyond frontiers.

“GOPIO International is committed to the enhancement of the lives of the South Africa Indians to connect, share and engage with global Indian communities in social, health, cultural, academic issues as well as to promote and advance business and entrepreneurship alliances with global PIOs/NRIs and India,” said Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO International.

“The Global Indian Diaspora community has reached to a stage where it can contribute to the developing countries and the Indian Diaspora Business Summit in South Africa is the first GOPIO initiative to explore such opportunities and motivate PIOs and NRIs to get involved,” Dr. Abraham added.

Our International Coordinator for Africa Ishwar Ramlutchman has put together a great program for the Global Indian Diaspora Business Summit.  The Summit will begin on Friday, May 19 at 17:00 Hours with a WELCOME & REGISTRATION OF

DELEGATES at The COASTLANDS UMHLANGA. The Durban Chamber Meetings will be followed by Cocktail and Dinner. The next day, Saturday, May 20, 2017 will begin with a business breakfast meeting from 7 AM to 9 AM. This would be followed by WELCOME AND INAUGUARATION OF CONVENTION. The meeting will

have the presence of Consulate General of India, Dr Shashank Vikram, Deputy Mayor of Durban, Mrs Fawzia Peer and MEC for Rural Development and Public works, Mr Ravi Pillay. From 10 AM to 11:30 will be PANEL DISCUSSION 1, The Topic will be: BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH TECHNOLOGY. The Speakers/Panelists would consist of Dr. Thomas Abraham, President, Innovative Research and Products, Inc., Stamford, CT, USA; Mr. Noel Lall, Managing Director, South Pacific Engineering Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia; Dr. Varma Mudunuru, Practicing Physician, Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Mahen Poinswamy, IT Engineer, CapGemini, France and Mr Krishna Shivalingaiah, Sales Manager, Accenture IT, France. The Moderator will be Ms. Michelle Micheal, Durban, South Africa.

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