GOPIO: Convention at KL


The 9th GOPIO International Convention held in Kuala Lumpur in December was a time to connect, and to make its work more relevant for the diaspora in changing times. PIO’s in Malaysia weren’t discussed though

UNITED WE STAND: Members representing different participating countries line up on either side of the chief guest Dato’ Samy Vellu, Minister for Works, Malaysia (sixth from right) at the Putra World Trade Centre SIGNIFICANT WORDS: The new GOPIO International Chairman Mahyendrah Utchanah, a former Minister in Mauritius, addresses the gathering at the convention. He spoke about uniting GOPIO communities all over the world
ONE ON ONE: President of MAICCI Pardip Kukreja exchanges views with Professor Dato T Marimuthu, Senior VP at Cyberlynx International College GOPIO’S BRAINS TRUST: GOPIO office bearers Sarita Boodhoo (left) and Premchand Munshi Boojhawon (right) from Mauritius with Yogen Gupta from France
CLUB CLASS: An elite photo opportunity with Dato’ S. Veerasingam, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Malayasia and Dato’ Vijay Eswaran, Group MD Qi (seated on the sofas) Lighter Moments: GOPIO members from Singapore, South Africa and Sri Lanka share some good times
GOOD LISTENER: Dr Kamalanathan Sappani (right), president of the Vegetarian Society of Malaysia and a tireless GOPIO activist listens attentively NICE SMILES: Dato’ Veerasingam seen with the new GOPIO International President P P Devaraj, a former Minister in Sri Lanka
CONFABULATIONS: The outgoing GOPIO International Chairman Selvarajoo Sundram with Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Ashok Kantha SPECIAL GIFT: GOPIO presents ace speaker Vijay Eswaran with an eagle-shaped gift


January 2008

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