Entrepreneurship Summit Is Testament to India-U.S. Ties: Ivanka Trump

India is a “great friend and partner” of the United States, says Ivanka Trump.


The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 is a testament to the “strong friendship” between India and the United States, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Nov. 21. The event is being hosted in Hyderabad next week by India and the United States.

The summit “demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive,” Trump, who happens to be a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author and television personality, said, adding that she looks forward to the visit. She added that India is a “great friend and partner” of the United States, and that the goal of the collaboration is to grow the shared economic and security partnership.

Trump will arrive in India on Nov. 28 to attend the three-day summit, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will lead a delegation of 350 participants from the United States. Over 1,500 entrepreneurs from 170 countries will take part in the summit, which carries the theme “Women First, Prosperity for All”.

Trump, the executive vice president of The Trump Organization, is the author of two books — The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life and Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. She was also a member of her father’s TV show, The Apprentice.

At the summit in Hyderabad, Trump will deliver the keynote address. She will participate in two panels — The plenary session: “Be the Change – Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership,” on Nov. 28 evening, and then a breakout session, “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” the next morning.

US Treasurer Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Neomi Rao, USAID administrator Mark Green, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation president and CEO Ray Washburne will also be present with her.

The summit will comprise 52.5 per cent female entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters. Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and seven other countries will be represented by an all-women delegation, the State Department said. Entrepreneurs from a wide age range will be present at the summit, with the youngest being 13 and the oldest 84. Nearly 31.5 per cent of the delegates are aged 30 years or below. The delegates represent energy and infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences, financial technology and digital economy, and media and entertainment sectors.

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