GOPIO 2016 Biennial Convention to be held in New York on June 24-25

‘Strengthening connections between India and Indian Diaspora through business’.

GOPIO 2016 Officers: From top left clockwise, Niraj Baxi, Noel Lal, Ram Gadhavi, Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Dr. Pradip Sewoke, Suman Kapoor, Rajendre Tiwari, GOPIO Chairman Inder Sing

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The 27th anniversary celebrations and GOPIO Biennial Convention 2016 will be held at the Marriott Hotel near LaGuardia Airport in New York City, on June 24-25.

The theme of the conference is “Strengthening Connections between India and the Global Indian Diaspora through Business and Technology,” and will provide an opportunity to connect and network with people of Indian origin worldwide.

Delegates from over 25 countries are expected to attend the convention which starts on Friday, June 24 with an inauguration and welcome reception. Next day, June 25 will consist of a full day conference sessions to deliberate on the Global Indian Diaspora; evaluate GOPIO’s progress in 27 years; network, exchange ideas, and connect with PIO/NRI delegates from around the world. The event will end with a Grand Finale Banquet at the World’s Fair Marina Banquet Hall on Saturday June 25 evening, according to a press release.

The conference will evaluate, assess, debate, discuss and deliberate on the current, critical issues of interest and concern that confront over 25 million people of Indian origin, living in countries outside of India.

“This conference will examine several pertinent issues, providing a unique forum for education, information and interactive participation,” said GOPIO International President Niraj Baxi.

The major thrust of this year’s conference sessions will be on entrepreneurship, business, technology and investment within the Diaspora and India. A second track of conference will be organized by GOPIO Council chairs to develop their strategy for future actions.

Commenting on the upcoming Convention 2016, GOPIO founder president and Conference program chairperson Thomas Abraham said that GOPIO has come a long way since 1989 to sensitize governments across the world on issues of the Indian Diaspora in a timely manner and seek solutions to them.

“In 27 years, the Indian Diaspora has moved from outside the political main stream in many countries to political leadership, and this trend will continue. The objective now is to mobilize the Diaspora resources, both professional and financial to help not only India but the Diaspora itself, and the countries they come from,” said Dr. Abraham.

“During the last many years, GOPIO has made rapid strides as there have been several new chapters and increased awareness of GOPIO’s advocacy role for issues of the Indian Diaspora,” said Inder Singh, Chairman of GOPIO International.

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