Prominent businessman Lord Diljit Rana has been elected president of the Global Organisation of Peoples of Indian Origin.
Lord Rana, who runs the hospitality and property development company Andras House Group, was given the position at the GOPIO International’s 20th convention in New York.
Lord Rana, a resident of Northern Ireland since 1966, said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be charged with the responsibility of leading such a respected global organisation particularly at this important time for India and the wider global economy.
“India is now a recognised global economic player which continues to achieve GDP growth well ahead of the US and Europe. India, therefore, can make an important contribution to the global economy and to accelerate recovery through higher levels of trade and investment.
“I hope that the role will also enable me to step up my efforts to promote links in trade, inward investment and education between India and Northern Ireland.”
GOPIO International represents 30 million people with Indian roots currently resident outside the country.
Recognised by the Indian government and the United Nations GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organisation with chapters in several countries including Ireland.
It represents people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.
Lord Rana was appointed Honorary Consul for India in Northern Ireland by the Indian government in 2004 and the GOPIO role gives him access to the highest levels of the Indian government.
Meanwhile, a consultancy in Omagh is helping small manufacturers to improve business by linking up with lower cost suppliers in India.
Outsource Ireland made new contacts during an Invest NI trade mission to India this year.
It has also developed new business for Northern Ireland manufacturers in Mumbai and Kolkata.