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Indians jostle to attend entrepreneur summit with Trump’s daughter

By Abolaji Adebayo with agency reports

Following the anticipated appearance of the daughter and assistant to United State President, Ivanka Trump, in a U.S. sponsored entrepreneurship conference in India this month, thousands of Indian entrepreneurs have submitted applications to attend summit amid deepening ties between India and the United States.

This was against the resolution of the organizers of the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) conceived by former U.S. President Barack Obama, from Nov. 28 in the city of Hyderabad, who said they could accommodate only 400 from India and 800 from the United States and the rest of the world.

“Definitely, the response was much, much more than the 400. India has become a very important start-up destination,” said Jayesh Ranjan, a government official in Hyderabad who is helping organize the event.

He disclosed that Trump would talk about the official position of the U.S. government about entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Ranjan could not confirm a report in the Times of India daily that said about 44,000 Indian entrepreneurs had applied for the 400 slots, though he said it was in the thousands.

It would be recalled that deadline for submission of application for the summit, which was previously held in Washington, Istanbul, Dubai, Marrakech in Morocco, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Silicon Valley in the United States, ended Oct. 7.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Women First, Prosperity for All”, which is the first of such under Trump, who this year said on the social network Twitter that his daughter would lead the U.S. delegation to support women’s entrepreneurship globally.

On a visit to New Delhi last month, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson said the conference was an example of how Trump and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, were “promoting innovation, expanding job opportunities, and finding new ways to strengthen both of our economies.”

India is already a major market for the United States, with bilateral trade at about $115 billion last year, which the two countries aimed to raise to $500 billion by 2022.

Ranjan said more than 1,500 people are expected at GES Hyderabad, including entrepreneurs, 300 investors, government officials and others.

Modi, who will inaugurate the conference, told Trump in a meeting in the Philippines on Monday that he looked forward to hosting the U.S. delegation in Hyderabad, “showcasing innovation and collaboration between India and the United States.”

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