GES Summit 2017: Ivanka Trump in India

GES 2017 Women to represent 52.5% of entrepreneurs investors and ecosystem of supporters

Ivanka Trump arrived in Hyderabad, India, on Tuesday for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a three-day gathering sponsored by the State Department. Ivanka is scheduled to speak thrice for the duration of the summit, and is going to lead the U.S. delegation for the 8th edition of the summit.

Trump, who is leading the US delegation to the conference, said, "Here in India I want to applaud Prime Minister Modi for his firm belief that progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women".

Trump said she wanted to applaud Modi for his firm belief that the progress of humanity was incomplete without women empowerment. "Only when women are empowered to thrive will our families, our economies and our societies reach their fullest potential", she added. "The event, with 'Women First, Prosperity for All" is the first GES in which women are the majority - 52.5 per cent - of the participants. The senior White House adviser has always been considered a sort of whisperer when it comes to her powerful father. "Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty - a remarkable improvement".

Ivanka, whose clothing business has come under scrutiny for low wages and unsuitable working conditions, said despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still faced steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.

Ivanka said: "When it comes to equitable laws, while many developed and developing countries have made tremendous strides, there is still much work to be done".

"Just consider, if India closes the labour-force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion in the next three years", she said.

"As we strive for change, we must never forget that the best hope for our future is far greater than any single government policy", Trump said in her speech. "The brand has said supply chains are the responsibility of its licensees".

She praised her father's administration, saying it promotes greater opportunity for women around the world through "domestic reforms and our worldwide initiatives". But she said that in developing countries, 70% of women-owned small and mid-sized businesses have no access to capital.

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