The capital of Telangana, which hosted the Global Entrepreneurs Summit, underwent dramatic improvements days before the event
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THE historic city of Hyderabad was spruced up just a few days ahead of the prestigious eighth annual Global Entrepreneurs Summit (GES) to welcome delegates from across the globe, including Ivanka Trump, the daughter of American President Donald Trump.
The Telangana Government hosted the three-day high-end event as the most prestigious one, giving Hyderabad and Telangana State the visibility that they deserve as an investment destination.
The summit, which was jointly organised by India and the US, was for the first time hosted in South Asia. It highlighted India’s enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The conference, held from November 28 to 30, highlighted the theme ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’ and focussed on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.
GES is the preeminent annual entrepreneurship gathering that convenes emerging entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from around the world.
The key speakers in the list included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ivanka Trump and stalwarts like Andra Keay (Silicon Valley Robotics), Amitabh Kant (NITI Aayog),
The Hitec City flyover was spray-painted in all hues while artists painted peacocks on nearby walls. The two-km stretch from the Hitex entrance to Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) at Novotel, the venue of the summit, was lined with palms, bougainvilleas, flowerbeds and clay figurines of elephants and deer.
Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Peace Prize winner), P Gopichand (sportsperson), R Madhavan (film actor), Usha Uthup (musician) and Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, among others.
Narendra Modi during his visit to the White House in June was understood to have extended his invitation to Ivanka Trump to visit India. She found the summit to be the suitable platform to make it to India.
The Telangana Government spent about Rs1 billion on the city’s infrastructure, which had been battered during the recent rains. All roads that connect HICC at the IT hub of Madhapur, and other major roads, were relaid.
The Hitec (Hyderabad Information Technology, Engineering and Consultancy) City area was beautified while the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) replaced damaged stone with interlocking tiles and new pavements and flower beds. Roads that needed repairs for months were resurfaced.