The day two of Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad kick started with its plenary session on Wednesday carrying forward its central theme of ‘Women First, Prosperity For All’. The session aims to boost female participation in the workforce through increased access to skills, training, education, and career counselling.
Advisor to President of the United States, Ivanka Trump, who is leading US business delegation at the event, had on Tuesday said that reducing gender gap can help India boost GDP.
Ms Trump along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had jointly inaugurated the business summit, which is counted among the testimonies of growing US-India trade ties.
The panellists for today’s event at the GES include Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank and Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, Dell EMC.
The Summit with a focus on women and their roles as entrepreneurs, is in its eight edition and is being held in South Asia for the first time.
Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that the relationship between India and the US under the current leadership will scale new heights and contribute to global peace and prosperity.
Proposing a vote of thanks at the inaugural session, Sushma Swaraj said, “I have no doubt that under leadership of Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and President Trump, India and US relations will scale new heights and contribute to global peace and prosperity,” she said.
The minister also underlined the need for according priority to women entrepreneurship, saying it should be a priority for India as well as the rest of the world.
She further said Ivanka Trump represents the energy and spirit of entrepreneurship that characterised youth of today.
“The relationship between the two countries have developed into a partnership of global significance. Woman entrepreneurs are epitome of courage and leadership. Empowerment of women is priority for India and should be a priority for entire world,” Swaraj said.
She added that the government has embarked upon ambitious programme of empowerment of women and skill development.
“We appreciate efforts of the US government to promote entrepreneurship globally. We deeply value strong desire of President Trump to further strengthen partnership with India which we fully share,” Swaraj said.
(With inputs from PTI)