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T&T hosts Gopio’s silver jubilee celebrations
The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (Gopio International) will hold its 25th anniversary celebrations in Port-of-Spain from May 27, just before Indian Arrival Day holiday on May 30.
Gopio International T&T Chapter will be the convention host, along with a team that includes Gopio’s regional and international chapters, executives, councils and life members, as well as businesses, government, organisations and academic supporters.
The hosting of Gopio’s 25th anniversary in Port-of-Spain has been enthusiastically endorsed and supported by the T&T government, prominent people of Indian origin, business organisations and academic institutions.
The strong relationship between Gopio and T&T began with the formation of Gopio in 1989 and the high level representation of several prominent people from T&T.
This relationship developed with participation in Gopio at the organisation’s highest levels at the major events and Gopio’s many visits to T&T over the years.
The International Chapter of T&T is one of the most active and vibrant of Gopio’s global chapters. It regularly addresses current and critical community issues such as domestic abuse, alcoholism, education, children and health concerns.
Gopio is proud to have hosted PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar on January 12, 2012 at a special reception in Kolkata during her visit to India as the chief guest at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012.
Recently, Gopio has held and collaborated on several major conferences in the Caribbean region: T&T (2011), St Vincent (2012), Suriname (2013), Guyana’s 175th Indian Arrival Day Commemoration (2013) and Belize (2014).
Minister Vayalar Ravi (India’s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs) visited T&T and several Caribbean nations in 2007, 2011 and 2013.
“We feel privileged and are fully prepared to host Gopio 25th Anniversary in 2014 in Port-of-Spain in grand style that is fitting and well deserved”, said Ena Maraj, president of GOPIO International T&T Chapter, who initiated the proposal to host the event.
Dr Arnold Thomas, Gopio International Co-ordinator (Caribbean Region) remarked that, “It is important to highlight this region of the Indian Diaspora, along with the many benefits and unique advantages of holding Gopio’s Jubilee in PoS.”
Gopio’s regional chapters
Guyana, Suriname, St Vincent, Belize, Guadeloupe, Martinique and T&T. There are others being formed in Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada and Barbados.