Indian Diaspora: Today & Tomorrow (GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention)

GOPIO’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention

Trinidad, West Indies (May 27-29, 2014)

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) is pleased to invite abstracts for its academic conference on Thursday May 29, 2014 which forms part of its 25th Anniversary Jubilee Convention to be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies from May 27-29, 2014, preceding the country’s annual Indian Arrival Day commemoration on May 30th.


Since its inception, GOPIO has been at the forefront in networking the globally-dispersed overseas Indian community. As such, GOPIO has been organizing conferences regularly in various parts of the world. These conferences help to bring people in Indian Diaspora closer to each other, and to the ancestral motherland, India.


An estimated twenty-eight (28) million People of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are living outside of India. NRIs/PIOs have attained numerous achievements in their native and adopted lands, and have contributed significantly to the growth and development of their country of residence. They have also contributed to India's transformation into a modern economy. While PIOs and NRIs are domiciled in other countries, they are bound to India by the umbilical cord of history, culture, heritage and tradition, and have added a special lift to the resurgence of India.


GOPIO provides an active and well-recognized platform for dialogue and discussion in and on the worldwide Indian Diaspora. GOPIO has been fighting to resolve issues and concerns of overseas Indians, and has been a major advocate for the People of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), both in India and in countries where they live.


Applying to Attend


The main criterion for being invited to attend is based on adherence to the theme, “Indian Diaspora: Today & Tomorrow” for the Thursday 29th May conference. The panels for the conference have been categorized as follows:


 Global & Regional Diaspora Investments & Economic Opportunities

 Indian Diaspora: Today & Tomorrow

 Focus on the Diaspora’s Youth & Children

 The Diaspora’s Gender & Inter-Generational Issues

 Multi-Cultural Diversity & Inter-Ethnic Cooperation in the Indian Diaspora

 Education, Science & Technology as Significant Assets in the Indian Diaspora

 Health, Wellness, Lifestyle & Nutrition to Alleviate Inherent Cultural Health Problems


Expressions of interest should be made by submitting an abstract of no more than 250 words to the Conference Coordinator. Abstracts must be sent by Sunday 27th April, 2014.


Please email your abstract to the Conference Coordinator, Dr Arnold Thomas, at [email protected] with the following information:







Telephone (Mobile and Other):

Title of the paper:

Panel title:



For additional information about paper presentations, contact the Conference Coordinator

Dr. Arnold Thomas, [email protected], Tel: (784) 430 4186 (cell); (784) 570 4186.

Conference Co-Coordinators include ▪ Dr. Indrani Rampersad, [email protected],

Tel: (868) 759-180 ▪ Dr. Kumar Mahabir, [email protected], Tel: (868) 756-4961

▪ Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, [email protected], Tel: (868) 346-7688


Important Dates


Sunday 27th April, 2014 - Abstract submission deadline

Wednesday 30th April, 2014 - Notification of acceptance to authors

Friday 9th May, 2014 – Submission of full paper




All fees included for Radisson Hotel GOPIO registrants:

Other registrants: Conference Fee - TT$100.00

Gala Banquet - TT$300.00

Presenters and participants are responsible for covering their cost of travel and accommodation for the convention and conference.


To make a reservation for the GOPIO conference and convention at the Radisson, email [email protected]   and Cc email: to [email protected], and  Bcc Email: [email protected] For more information about accommodation, contact[email protected]


For other information about the convention and conference, contact GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago Chapter President, Ms Ena Maraj,[email protected], Tel: (868) 339-4694 and

GOPIO International President, Mr. Ashook Ramsaran, [email protected],

Time and Place:

Date:   Sunday, Apr 27, 2014
Venue:   GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago
Address:   GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago
City/Twon:   GOPIO Trinidad and Tobago
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