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Global Movement Opens Fijian Chapter

Global Movement  Opens Fijian Chapter
From left: GOPIO Suva (Fiji) president Ramesh Chand, Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishwas Sapkal, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy, and GOPIO Oceania co-ordinator Suman Kappor during the launch yesterday. Photo: Ashna Kumar
March 20
11:03 2017

The opening of a Fijian office of The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) yesterday would help with identity issues, said Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts.

“Ethnic identity is like big global family connecting groups of people together, no matter where they are in the world,” Mr Reddy said.

“It is through the workings of organisations such as GOPIO that this ethnic bonding and connection becomes strengthened.”

GOPIO Suva (Fiji) Chapter was launched by International GOPIO coordinator-Oceania Suman Kapoor; the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishwas Sapkal;  President of GOPIO Suva (Fiji) Ramesh Chand and Mr Reddy at the Fiji Sevashram Sangha in Suva.

“Every human being is proud of their ethnicity, cultural and religious values and kinship ties,” Mr Reddy said.

“This is what binds the individual to their family, community and the global society at large.

Mr Sapkal said yesterday marked a very special day.

“This is a great initiative that our community members have come up with to connect people of Indian origins to come together,” he said.

GOPIO’s initial mission was established to network the global Indian community and to monitor and address the interests and concerns of overseas Indians people of Indian origin (PIOs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs).

An estimated 30 million people of Indian origin are living outside India. 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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