GLOBAL INDIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Event Date

Durban, South Africa

 

   

GOPIO INTERNATIONAL

GOPIO SOUTH AFRICA

 

INVITATION TO GLOBAL INDIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA IN MAY, 2017

 

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The two-day convention of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Durban, South Africa struck the right note in articulating Indiaspora Building Africa through opportunities beyond frontiers.



 
 

TENTATIVE PROGRAM (19TH -21ST MAY 2017)

INDIASPORA BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND FRONTIERS

FRIDAY 19TH MAY 2017

 

17 :00 hrs

 

WELCOME & REGISTRATION OF DELEGATES  

Durban Chamber Meetings

DINNER/COCKTAIL EVENING

Venue :  COASTLANDS UMHLANGA

Saturday 20th May 2017

 

07:00 hrs –9:00

 

BUSINESS BREAKFAST

 

9:30 hrs

WELCOME AND INAUGUARATION OF CONVENTION

 

Consulate General of India, Dr Shashank Vikram

Deputy Mayor of Durban, Mrs Fawzia Peer

MEC for Rural Development and Public works, Mr Ravi Pillay


 

 
 

10H00 hrs – 11h30

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 1

TOPIC:  BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Speakers/Panelists

Dr. Thomas Abraham, President, Innovative Research and Products, Inc., Stamford, CT, USA

Mr. Noel Lall, Managing Director, South Pacific Engineering Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Varma Mundunuru, Practicing Physician, Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Mahen Poinswamy, IT Engineer, CapGemini, France

Mr Krishna Shivalingaiah, Sales Manager , Accenture IT, France

 

Moderator – Ms. Michelle Micheal, Durban, South Africa

 

11H30 hrs  - 1h00

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 2  

TOPIC : CONNECTING SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY GLOBALLY

Speakers/Panelists

Mr. Prakash shah, President, Owner, First Growth Mortgage &Realty Grp an Investment Bank, Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

Mr Vivian Reddy, CEO, Eddison Power Group and Oceans Umhlanga Hotel Group, S. Africa

 

Moderator – Dr.  Krish Naidoo,President Gopio Chapter  Durban, South Africa

 

13H00 to 14h00



 
 

LUNCH

 

Luncheon Speaker (TBA)  

 

14H00 – 15H30

PARALELL SESSION: PANEL SESSION 3

TOPIC: BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH RURAL DEVELOPMENT, SMAL SCALE LINDUSTRIES AND MICROCREDIT

Speakers/Panelists

Mr.  Ebrahim Patel – Minara Chamber of Commerce, Durban, South Africa

Additional Speakers – TBA

 

Moderator – Mrs Loshnee Naidoo, Durban, South Africa

14h00 -15H30


 

PARALELL SESSION : PANEL DISCUSSION 4

TOPIC: BUILDING AFRICA THROUGH ENTERPRENEURSHIP

Speakers/Panelists

Mr.  Sunny Kulathakal, MD, Sunliz Publications and Managing Editor, Gul Who’s who, Bahrain

Mr. Biru Sharma, President, Laser Systems, Stamford, CT, USA

Ms Mini Guleria, Principal, Macroscope Market Resourcing, Los Angeles, USA

Additional Speakers – TBA

 

Moderator –Mr. Sunny Jugwanth, President Gopio Chapter Johannesburg Central , South Africa

 

15H00- 15H15

 

TEA

 

15H15 – 16H00

 

PANEL DISCUSSION  5

TOPIC: CHANGING AFRICA THROUGH WOMEN EMPOWERMENT & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Speakers/Panelists

Mrs. Kritilata Ram, President GOPIO-Triolet North Mauritius, Mauritius

Ms. Ketty Carpille – Reunion Island

Mrs. Nerasha Singh – South Africa

Dr. Neerja A Gupta, Global Chair, GOPIO Academic Council, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

 

Moderator – Ms Rita Abraham, Chairperson, GOPIO Health Council, Durban, south Africa

 

16H00 -17H00

PANEL DISCUSSION 6

TOPIC : Session Objectives: Investment Opportunities, Emerging Sectors, Research and Development, Human Resource Development

Speakers/Panelists

Prof. Diilip Garach, Garach Incorporated, South Africa

Mr Rajen Pillay, Garuda Investments, South Africa- Lenasia South Chapter, South Africa

 

19H00 hrs

 

GOPIO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA GALA DINNER

 

Opening Ceremony: Lightning of the Lamp, Kathak  Dancer

 

Welcoming the Chief Guests

 
  • Welcome by Mr. Ishwar Ramlutchman, Convention convener and GOPIO Intl Coordinator for Africa

  • Dr Thomas ABRAHAM, Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, Founder President, GOPIO Intl., Stamford, CT, USA

  • Noel Lall, Vice President of GOPIO International, Australia

  • Mr Sunny Kulathakal, Global ambassador, GOPIO International, Bahrain

  • Message by Mayor of Durban, Mrs Zandile Gumede

  • Mr. AV. Mohammed, Jumma Musjid Trust

  • Vivian Reddy, CEO, Eddison Power Group

  • DEPUTY HIGH COMMISIONER OF INDIA

  • PREMIER OF KWAZULU NATAL, PREMIER WILLIS MCHUNU

  • PRINCE MG BUTHELEZI, MP, RSA

  • HIS MAJESTY THE KING, KING GOODWILL ZWELITHINI

 

AWARDS CEREMONY

 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME /DINNER

SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017

 

9:00 – 11:30 hrs



 

2H00PM

 

GOPIO INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING

LIFE MEMBERS AND CHAPTER DELEGATES

FEED BACK OF CONFERENCE

 

Visit to Mahatma Gandhi Settlement  – Hosted by the Granddaughter of Mahatma     

                                                                                     Gandhi, Mrs Ela Gandhi


Speakers and Panelists invited. Contact GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham at +1 2013-329-8010, gopio@optonline.net or Convention Convener Mr. Ishwar Ramlutchman at Tel: +27-833578747. E-mail: