Ivanka trump applauded Prime Minister Narender Modi for his firm belief that ‘the progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women. “Just consider, if India closes the labor-force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion dollars in the next three years,” she said. She thanked PM Modi for “what all he is doing to build India as a thriving economy, a beacon of democracy and a symbol of hope to the world”.
“From your childhood selling tea to your election as India’s Prime Minister, you’ve proven that transformational change is possible. And now you are bringing that promise to hundreds of millions of people across your country. To the people of India, I want to congratulate you as you celebrate the 70th anniversary of your Independence. You are celebrating it as the world’s largest democracy, and one of the fastest growing economies on earth. Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship, and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty – a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. All of you are helping India’s middle class reach its goal of nearly 500 million people by 2030. You have opened new universities across the Country. Your doctors and scientists are discovering medical cures and life-saving technologies. Your engineers and architects have built modern wonders that grace your skies. And Indian spacecraft have travelled to the Moon and to Mars. The people of India inspire us all,” she said.
Ivanka also described Hyderabad as a city that is quickly emerging as the innovation hub of India. “It’s wonderful to be in this ancient city brimming with transformative technology. Now your tech centers may even outshine your world-famous Biryani. CEOs like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella went to school right here in Hyderabad. Just a few kilometers away, T-Hub’s brand new facility is set to open next year – and will become the largest incubator in Asia. In this “City of Pearls” the greatest treasure is You – the dreamers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who never give up, never abandon your aspirations and always strive for a better tomorrow, she said.