DDL Chairman wants more attention for Guyana
January 9, 2004
Chairman of DDL, Yesu Persaud is attempting a reverse immigration of sorts.
According to the India Express newspaper, in his second outing at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Persaud is already getting ready to begin the "first Indo-Caribbean joint venture'' to do business in India.
He is busy telling people at the conference the story of 395,250 persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) in Guyana, and expresses his unhappiness that his country rarely blips up on India's foreign policy radar. But he is happy that his country's President, Bharrat Jagdeo, also of Indian origin is in town to address the annual event as its chief guest.
If last year's sessions were all about projecting the Indian brand and tapping the Indian human resource spread across various continents, this year it is the turn of the reverse-immigrants like Persaud.
''Indians are a major economic power in the Caribbean today,'' says Harold Ramdhani from Suriname. Sunny Kulathakal from Bahrain is busy talking about the "US$150,000 million worth goods that Gulf countries import every year.'' Even Indian PIO representatives from Europe like Sunil Prasad settled in Belgium talks of the "14,000 Indians'', mostly diamond merchants who are "competing with the best in the world."