Security beefed up ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad

India welcomes Ivanka Trump at business summit

Startup founders, investors and tech leaders from around the world are heading to Hyderabad, India for the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, co-hosted by the USA and Indian governments.

"For India, the summit holds a special place as we are more intensely focused than ever before to give entrepreneurs the opportunities and ecosystem to help them thrive", said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog. She was invited for the summit earlier this year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his state visit to the US.

Following the inauguration, scheduled for 4.30 pm, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Ivanka will address the gathering. As many as 1500 entrepreneurs from 150 countries are participating in the Summit including 500 from the country.

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. This is the first time the GES is being held in the South Asia.

After the inauguration of the GES by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ivanka Trump, the daughter and the advisor to the President of the United States of America, and Nirmala Sitharaman, the defence minister of India, will participate in a panel discussion on the emergence of opportunities for female entrepreneurs, Mr Kant said.

Women will represent 52.5 per cent of the participants, the highest in GES' history. "Over 10 countries will be represented by an all-female delegation, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel", Mr Kant said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and advisor to US President Ivanka Trump shakes hands after they formally innagurate the Global Entrepreneurship Summmit at the Hyderabad convention centre in Hyderabad

Ms Trump is leading a delegation of senior White House officials as well as American entrepreneurs.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also among panellists at the session to be moderated by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco.

She will speak at the GES inaugural session Tuesday and another session Wednesday.

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 is on promoting inclusive environment for women entrepreneurs, which will be moderated by Minister of Commerce and Industry Prabhu. "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.


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