GOPIO to develop new vision
The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) will hold
its International Executive Committee Meeting from March 28-30 in Sri
GOPIO International President P.P. Devraj said that they are planning
to develop a new vision to take the organisation forward facing the
challenges of globalisation.
He said that the growing momentum of globalisation has penetrated
every sphere of human activity throughout the world. Powered by the
communication revolution vast advances in information technology, speedy
travel capital and human transfers across borders have created a social
resurgence in all countries. The rise of diasporic identity
consciousness and its rapidly growing influence in the past 2-3 decades
is a remarkable phenomenon of our times.
Groups and communities that had remained muffled and dormant have
found a way of coming out of their isolation and finding an identity
within a transnational social formation and re-establishing the
weakening connections with their original cultures and languages.
In addition we are also planning to develop a Chamber of Commerce so
that we could help the members scattered around the globe to develop
trading activities in a more organised manner and in the event Sri Lanka
is interested in investing in any of the countries where the Indian
diaspora is present we would be glad to do so through the chamber, said
Devraj. The diaspora is an influential factor in world politics of
today, he said.
There are 25 million members of the GOPIO around the world which
includes countries such as Malaysia, Mauritius, Middle East, Kenya,
Seychelles, France and the UK among others. It was established in 1989
in New York.
He said that the mission of the GOPIO is to act as a voice of the
global Indian diaspora on both common issues and those that are specific
for countries where there is a presence of the Indian diaspora to
promote fundamental rights in accordance with international norms and
standards, elimination of all forms of discrimination and establishing
equality, foster understanding among people of all ethnic linguistic,
cultural and religious communities, promoting bilateral/regional
discussions of GOPIO chapters and provide high quality information which
will help country chapters to achieve the objectives while organising by
outstanding scholars/personalities to different diaspora countries to
enhance understanding and capacity.
The objectives of the GOPIO are promoting trade and commerce,
strengthening the international GOPIO and the chapter, securing funding,
improving the dialogue with India, encouraging cultural and youth
exchanges, drawing out and action plan with proper prioritisation,
organise research and documentation and undertake extensive advocacy
regarding the GOPIO objectives.