GES is an initiative started by former US President Barak Obama
With the Modi-Trump meeting over, all eyes are now looking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Delhi later this year, which will be attended by Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump.
GES, an initiative started by former US President Barak Obama, will have its eighth edition in India. The first edition of GES was held in Washington, DC, in 2010 followed by Istanbul, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Marrakech, Nairobi, and the last one in 2016 in Silicon Valley.
According to Niti Aayog official who was quoted by Indian Express, the date and time of this year’s summit has not been finalized and the decision has to come from the Union Cabinet.
Speaking to the media after the first ever meeting with Prime Minister Modi, Donald Trump had mentioned that his daughter has been invited by Modi to lead a delegation of entrepreneurs.
Ivanka had accepted the invitation and extended her gratitude to Modi through a tweet that read, “Thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for inviting me to lead the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India this fall.”
The decision to host the 2017 GES in India came during the 2016 US visit of Modi and later during the visit of US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, a memorandum was signed between the two countries to host the summit.
According to the official website of GES, the summit would “showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges.”
The summit has a vivid agenda which include workshop, panel discussion, talks, pitch competitions, mentoring and networking sessions to bolster the growth of companies participating in the summit.
During the 2016 summit, former President Obama had said, “I believe in you, and America believes in you. And we believe that you have the talent and the skills and the ambition not just to pursue your dreams, but to realize them; that you can lift up not just your own families, but communities and countries, and create opportunity and prosperity and hope for decades to come. That’s the promise that we see in all of you.”
He said, “We are very proud to announce that next year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be hosted in India. Got the Indian contingent in the house. I’ll try to stop by if I’m invited.”