Ivanka to lead American team for business summit in India

Geneva Matthews
November 28, 2017

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) that begins on Tuesday in Hyderabad is being seen as an important step in deepening the ties between the United States and India. The summit, which is expected to be attended by representatives of almost 150 countries, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he flags off the Hyderabad Metro Rail at Miyapur station. He underlined the need to help women entrepreneurs network with mentors, finance and market opportunities.

The event will primarily focus on four thematic sectors - energy and infrastructure; healthcare and life sciences; financial technology and digital economy; and media and entertainment sectors, according to its agenda.

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump, has arrived in Hyderabad for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by India and the US.

US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster on Monday said economic and security relationships between the two countries would have to reinforce each other to make this strategic pact a lasting one.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Ivanka Trump will inaugurate the three-day event themed around "Women First, Prosperity for All".

Panel discussions and other forms of interactions on more than 50 topics are being lined up for the event, where women delegates comprise 52.5% of the invitees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Ms Trump to lead the USA delegation for the summit, which aims to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters from around the world. A number of leading female voices will speak at various plenaries, breakout sessions, master classes, and workshops, including Google's Vice President of Next Billion Users Diana Louise Patricia Layfield, tennis champion Sania Mirza, and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company Roya Mahboob. "It is also critical for worldwide relations for prosperity and freedom of trade", said Juster, on the importance of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which begins in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Ivanka will also be part of a discussion on increasing women in the workforce through skills training, education, and mentorship on the second day.

The closing session of GES will bring together key influencers that support, promote and fund women entrepreneurs.

This year's summit theme demonstrates the commitment of the U.S. and Indian governments to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive, an official statement said here on Monday.

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