The stage is set for the first edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in South Asia, with Hyderabad all geared up to hold the three-day event from Tuesday to Thursday. "It is a platform to help entrepreneurs to have exposure to businesses and markets", said Kenneth I Juster, the US Ambassador to India, clarifying that the summit does not have investments and visa issues on its agenda for discussion". However, various departments under the Centre had hoped that top U.S. officials accompanying her to the summit would endorse Modi's economic agenda and unwittingly deflate the criticism being hurled at the Prime Minister on this front by his opponents domestically.
The inaugural plenary session, from 4.30 pm on Tuesday, will be themed "Be the Change: Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership", and the session will have remarks from Prime Minister Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and Ivanka Trump.
The US State Department and other American agencies in partnership with NITI Aayog, India's think tank, are organising GES, which seeks to create an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level.
US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump will lead a delegation from her country at the three-day event. The event will have 1,500 delegates from 150 countries participating in it. Among the number of participating delegates, 52.5% are women, the highest so far in GES's history.More news: Florida close to hiring coach from another SEC school
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He said that the GES was especially significant for India because the Centre was giving entrepreneurs the opportunity and the ecosystem to thrive. "Over 10 countries will be represented by an all-female delegation, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel", Mr Kant said.
Ivanka Trump will be speaking in the summit on behalf of the United States delegation. The summit will focus on the theme "Women First, Prosperity for All". "Innovations in workforce development and skills training" will also have Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank as the speakers.
Juster also said that India was selected by the US government to host the GES previous year by former US President Barack Obama's administration and that countries are chosen with regard to growing opportunities for women and creation of jobs.