Ivanka Trump will be in India for meeting first hosted by Obama

Speaking at the White House after his meeting Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Trump said Ivanka had been invited to lead the US delegation of entrepreneurs.

Written by Pranav Mukul | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 5:51 am
 ivanka trump, ivanka trump in india, global entrepreneurship summit, barack obama, donald trump, india-us relations, modi-trump meeting, indian express Ivanka Trump speaks at an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington (AP Photo)

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), a brainchild of former US President Barack Obama, has come under the spotlight with President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka set to lead the US delegation for the eighth edition of the event that will be held in India later this year.

The summit, which was first organised in Washington DC in 2010, has since been hosted in Istanbul, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Marrakech, Nairobi, and the last one in 2016 in Silicon Valley.

A senior Niti Aayog official told The Indian Express that the dates and venue of the upcoming edition of the GES have not been finalised yet and that a call will be taken by the Union Cabinet.

Speaking at the White House after his meeting Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Trump said Ivanka had been invited to lead the US delegation of entrepreneurs. Later, Ivanka Trump posted on Twitter saying, “Thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for inviting me to lead the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India this fall.”

The plan to host GES 2017 in India was first announced during Modi’s US visit in June 2016 in a joint statement. “Recognising the importance of fostering an enabling environment for innovation and empowering entrepreneurs, the United States welcomes India’s hosting of the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit,” the statement said.

Later, in August, during the visit to India of then US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, a statement of intent was signed between India and the US to co-host the event. “India and the USA have agreed to co-host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, which will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, educators, government officials and business representatives from around the world, creating new opportunities for investments, partnerships and collaborations,” a joint statement by Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Prtizker said.

An email query sent to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce, seeking details about the dates and venue of GES 2017, did not elicit any response.

According to the US Department of State’s website, GES attempts to showcase entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, and connect American entrepreneurs and investors with their international counterparts. The information on the website adds that the summit typically includes a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring and networking sessions.

As per the GES 2016 agenda, the summit was addressed by Obama, along with other big names of the tech industry including the then CEO of Uber Travis Kalanick, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Among the Indian names speaking at the summit, were Radha Ramaswami Basu, CEO of Bengaluru-based data services company iMerit; Sandhya Hegde, Sandhya Hegde of Vinod Khosla’s investment firm Khosla Impact; Neera Nundy, co-founder of Mumbai-based non-profit organisation Dasra; Sanwar Oberoi, co-founder of Bombay Hemp Company.

India’s own startup and entrepreneurship programme — Startup India — was held in January 2016, and was attended by global tech entrepreneurs and investors such as SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son, Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl, Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal, Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal, among others.

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    Bishwajeet kumar
    Jun 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    मिस ईवांका आपका भारत में भव्य स्वागत होगा ।उम्मीद करता हूँ भारत भ्रमण पर आएँ तो मिथिला (मधुबनी)जरूर आएँ ।
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      Simbly
      Jun 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm
      How is it that a man who cries se against nepotism has no problem encouraging it in a different context to suit his narrow optical ends. Barely has the ink dried on writing all that vitriol on Vadra deals (and the man is still not arrested for all his sins) and this. The surprising bit - The US the most powerful nation, land of the brave and free has no problems with the goings on with Trump towers all over India where it is difficult to get a birth certificate without grovelling in the mud.
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        Saravanan T Sankaranarayanan
        Jun 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm
        Indian jobs are for indians likewise american jobs are for americans what is wrong in it. Why are you crying about H1B Visa.
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          Sanni Kumar
          Jun 28, 2017 at 11:08 am
          मिस इवंका राष्ट्रपति डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प सुपुत्री को दिल सन्नी कुमार आपको हार्दिक अभिनन्दन स्वागत करता है। जहां तक हमने सुना है की आप भारत सनातन धर्म संस्कृति को आप सर्ब प्रथम पूज्य मानती है। जो हमारे भारत को आदर्श आत्मा से मानता है उसे इस धरती पे हर सुख समृद्धि से परिपूर्ण होता है।आपने जो भी शब्द भारत के लिये कहा वो हमे गौरान्वित करता है।भारत के लोग सदा आपको चाहने वाले में आगे रखेगा। हमारे देश के pm narendramodi 125 करोड़ में 1st है। इनको देश दुनिया से सब कुछ मिला सिवा बिपक्ष के हमारे देश और विश्व को एक साथ जोड़ने की कला और महारथ हासिल करने की प्रबुद्ध बोध ज्ञान है। जो और लोगो से महान बनाता है। आपने जो भारत के महानतम होने की बात कहि वो स्तय है।दुनिया को एक आगे बढ़ाने में ट्रम्प मोदीजी का योगदान दशक तक लोग याद रखेंगे। आतंकवाद दुनिया के लिए सबसे बड़ा खतरा है। हमे एक दूसरे का योग कर विश्वशांति का प्रतीक बनाना है। वैसे आप हमारे भारत में आकर जरूर देखे की आपके स्वागत में देश की जनता आपसे अतुलनीय प्यार करेगी जो आज तक किसी को नही मिला। हर हर मोदी????? घर घर मोदी?????🌷👳👍
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            Chandra Boregowda
            Jun 28, 2017 at 9:51 am
            Their policy are all favouring them.. incl...H1B visa... No matter what they..preach us
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              Saravanan T Sankaranarayanan
              Jun 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm
              Indian jobs are for indians likewise american jobs are for americans what is wrong in it. Why are you crying about H1B Visa
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