In yet another major event that will turn the world’s focus towards Hyderabad, the city is all set to host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 (GES2017) in November. The event will have US President Donald J Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump leading the US delegation.
An official announcement on this came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Thursday announced that Hyderabad would be the venue for GES2017, being jointly hosted by India and the United States from November 28 to 30.
Modi posted a series of tweets on the GES, first announcing that India and US would co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hyderabad from November 28-30, and tagged both Trump and Ivanka in the tweet. In another tweet, he said Ivanka would lead the US delegation to Hyderabad. Modi also said the Summit was a unique opportunity for bringing together entrepreneurs and startups with global leaders.
Following Modi’s tweets, Ivanka retweeted him, indirectly confirming her visit to Hyderabad.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, following the announcement, said Hyderabad was proud to host the event. The participation of global players in the event would be a major encouragement for budding entrepreneurs here. The Chief Minister also thanked the Prime Minister for sharing the details and announcing on social media that Hyderabad would host the event.
In response to the Prime Minister’s tweets, IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao said Telangana would make sure that the event showcased India’s potential to the world. Thanking Modi for the opportunity given to Hyderabad, Rao said the world’s largest and oldest democracies coming together to spur innovation and entrepreneurship was bound to create new avenues for the future. Rao also said all those in Hyderabad/Telangana were looking forward to welcoming and hosting Ivanka Trump and her delegation along with delegations from other nations.
The GES is not the only major event that the city will be hosting in the near future. The city was earlier selected as the venue of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in 2018. It will be the first time that the event is being held in India.
Incidentally, during the IT Minister’s US trip in October 2016, Director, Global Entrepreneurship Programme in the US government, Tom Lersten and his colleague Travis had met Rao and sought to know more about Hyderabad regarding hosting the GES.
The Minister had highlighted the positives Hyderabad had to offer to host the event and why it was the best location for such a prestigious event. Rao had told the US team that Telangana was keen to host the event.