Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump arrived in Hyderabad on Tuesday to attend the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017.
Ivanka is leading the US delegation for the eighth edition of the summit. The inaugural session of the summit will be addressed by Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Ivanka. This year's GES summit will highlight the theme "Women First, Prosperity for All" and focus on supporting women entrepreneurs.
The prime minister is also scheduled to host a dinner for Ivanka at Hyderabad's Falaknuma Palace.
The first South Asian edition of the GES is being organised by the NITI Aayog in partnership with the government of the United States. The GES has been previously held in Washington DC, Istanbul, Dubai, Marrakech, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, and Silicon Valley.
Here are the live updates of the GES Summit:
6:53: Ivanka Trump says "Guidance is something we all need. I took the guidance as an advisor and I would suggest all the women to do it so they become a part of this change. Also I am deeply honoured to see the diverse countries who are a part of this summit today."
6:49 pm IST: Ms Sitharaman promoted the effort to encourage more and more entrepreuneurs regardless of the gender and said, "Women should proactively be a part of this entrepreuneurial drive. Also for every male and female I urge that each one of you should help another so more and more entrepreuneurs come out."
6:43 pm IST: "I will be discussing things with the Chambers of Commerce and industrialists on December 4 over supplies to startups and their existance till they qualify to be a full fledged firm. Indian startups are continuing to make integral contributions in the area of defence in India & abroad" Defence Minister Sitharaman said as she addressed the GES'17 in Hyderabad.
6:36 pm IST: Ms Sitharaman said, "Under the guidance of PM Modi a startup action plan was initiated. Government alone can't provide jobs, more tweaking to the action plan was required. Solutions needed to be local and had to be scaled up, we had to be rapid in this change."
6:23 pm IST: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hails PM Modi's Mudra scheme under which women in India can take a loan to start their own business.
6:20 pm IST: Ivanka Trump encourages startups and entrepreneurs and stresses on women being a part of the entrepreneurial drive the world is witnessing.
6:03 pm IST: EAM Sushma Swaraj addresses the summit, welcomes Ivanka Trump. "We appreciate the efforts of the United States in promoting entrepreneurship," said EAM. Ms Swaraj also greeted all the participants and said that "your participation is substansive."
6:02 pm IST: Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the Summit.
6:00 pm IST: A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the GST across the country: PM Narendra Modi.
5:58 pm IST: "Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina nehwal, PV Sindhu, & Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India: PM Narendra Modi in Hyderabad.
5:55 pm IST: The theme, 'women first, prosperity for all' makes this edition of GSE stand out. In Indian mythology, women is an incarnation of Shakti- the Goddess of power, we believe women empowerment is vital to our development: PM Modi.
Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina nehwal, PV Sindhu, & Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India: PM Narendra Modi in Hyderabad— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2017
5:54 pm IST: My government has launched the Atal Innovation Mission. We are opening Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children: PM Narendra Modi.
5:52 pm IST: We have made Aadhaar, world's largest digital database: PM Narendra Modi
5:48 pm IST: Our many ports and harbours and world's oldest dockyard in Lothal bear evidences of ancient trade linkages: PM Narendra Modi
5:43 pm IST: The theme, 'women first, prosperity for all' makes this edition of GSE stand out. In Indian mythology, women is an incarnation of Shakti- the Goddess of power, we believe women empowerment is vital to our development: PM Narendra Modi.
The summit is being held for the first time in South Asia. It brings together, leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think tanks and other stake holders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.: PM Narendra Modi at #GlobalEntrepreneurshipSummit pic.twitter.com/caegcMPYg3— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2017
5:40 pm IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Women are an incarnation of Shakti. Women's empowerment vital to India's development. Every developmental project has had immense contribution from women. From our successful space projects to our government ministries, everything has women contributing to a great extent.
5:30 pm IST: The event showcases close ties between the US and India, PM Modi says.
5:30 pm IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 2017 GES summit.
5:28 pm IST: What you are achieving here is truly extraordinary. From your childhood selling tea to your election as India's Prime Minister, you've proven that transformational change is possible: Ivanka Trump
5:26 pm IST: India is truly an inspiration to all of us all over us the world. Through innovative talent & entrepreneurial ability, you have made remarkable strides: Ivanka Trump.
5:22 pm IST: Only when women are empowered to thrive; will our families, our economies, and our societies reach their fullest potential: Ivanka Trump.
5:20 pm IST: "Proud to say that women make up for 50% of the entrepreneurs present at the summit. I congratulate all the businesswomen present here," Ivanka Trump says.
5:15 pm IST: "In the city of pearls the biggest treasure is you (points at the audience)... You are rewriting the rules. The people of India inspire us all," Ivanka Trump says at the inaugural address.
5:12 pm IST: "The people of India, I want to congratulate you as you celebrate the 70th anniversary of Independence," Ivanka Trump says.
5:10 pm IST: Ivanka addresses the GES Summit, tells PM Modi: "What you are achieving here is truly extraordinary."
5:00 pm IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IvankaTrump inaugurate the summit.
4:45 pm IST: Cultural events underway at the summit.
4:20 pm IST: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman scheduled to speak in the opening plenary session on "Be the Change-Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership" later in the evening.
4:00 pm IST: Hyderabad hosting more than 5000 of the world's best entrepreneurs and investors.
3:50 pm IST: You can watch the live action of the summit here:
We'll bring all the action to you LIVE from ground zero at #GES2017! Tune in at 4 pm IST and watch PM @narendramodi and Special Advisor @IvankaTrump inaugurate the #GlobalEntrepreneurshipSummit in #Hyderabad here: https://t.co/CbKIXwfMJn! #USIndia70 #USIndiaDosti pic.twitter.com/C9tYZ4YoYj— GES2017 (@GES2017) November 28, 2017
3:40 pm IST: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Ivanka Trump. MEA says they had a productive discussion on women entrepreneurship and empowerment.
3:30 pm IST: Ivanka Trump meets PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
3:00 pm IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first leg of Hyderabad Metro project from the Miyapur metro rail station.
The 30-km-long first phase of the metro rail project between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations, was launched by the Prime Minister from Miyapur station. Its commercial operations will start on Wednesday.
2:30 pm IST: Modi arrives in Hyderabad where he will inaugurate Metro Rail Project and Global Entrepreneurship Summit later in the day. Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao received him at the airport.
2 pm IST: Visuals from the venue of Global Entrepreneurship Summit that will be inaugurated by PM Modi this evening.
1:30 pm IST: US embassy shares a comment from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the summit and America's relationship with India.
1 pm IST: Several schools in Hyderabad have declared a holiday for the students due to traffic restrictions in the city due to VVIP movement. Apart from the GES Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate the Hyderabad Metro today.
12:30 pm IST: Women will represent 52.5 percent of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters at GES 2017.
12 pm IST: US Ambassador Kenneth Juster welcomes Ivanka to India.
This is Ivanka's first official trip as part of a White House delegation to India. Before her arrival in India, Ivanka said she has long admired India's history and culture, and hopes for continued progress, particularly as it relates to women.
A total of 1,200 delegates — most of them women — will be a part of the summit.
Nearly 10,000 security personnel, including commandos, special police and civil police, are guarding roads, hotels and the venue in Hyderabad.
Security rehearsals were also conducted Sunday and Monday at Begumpet and Shamshabad airports.