The South Asian Times

20 November 2019 23:17 PM

GOPIO biennial convention in Berlin-Paris in Nov 2019

For the first time since GOPIO International was founded in 1989 with the diplomatic endorsement of the Indian government in New Delhi that a world gathering of the most influential Indians will be hosted in two famous landmark cities - Berlin and Paris - from Novermber 8-12.

Particularly significant within the double-header program is the celebration of Diwali, the worldwide celebration of the festival of lights by millions of Indians in mainland India and about 30 million diaspora Indians spread across more than 100 countries.

The forthcoming conference is headlined as the "Indiaspora Meeting in Europe" under the banner theme, Strengthening Global Connections.

The 30th year biennial convention takes place in the German city of Berlin from 8 to 10 November, and the entourage travels to France for the second leg of the extraordinary meeting on 11-12 November in Paris, according to Mehen Poinoosawmy, chairman of the convention to be held in both host cities.

GOPIO International has dispatched a call for speakers, panelists and thought leaders to contribute to the dual gatherings.

Some of the highlights include visits to the sights and sound of Berlin - among the famous sites is the Berlin Wall that separated communist East Germany from democratic West Germany and was torn down during the detente of the 1980s following the unification of Germany.

Delegates will travel together to the French capital.

In Paris, tours have been arranged to the Versailles Palace, Mont Saint Michel and the Eiffel Tower as well. A GOPIO meeting is on the schedule at the French Parliament.

Within the build-up to the Diwali celebration, visits to other tourist attractions are being planned in the "City of Love" with Espace Reuilly as the central location.

Update: 19 Oct, 2019