The president’s daughter opened a U.S. sponsored tech summit on Tuesday afternoon in India with a message of ‘greater opportunity for women around the world.’
Speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit near Hyderabad’s IT hub, Ivanka Trump charmed an audience of more than 1,200 people.
Trump, 36, delightedly told area attendees, ‘In this “City of Pearls” the greatest treasure is you!’
‘Now your tech centers may – may – even outshine your world famous biryani,’ she said, eliciting laughter as she name-checked a local rice and meat dish.
Ivanka Trump is in India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She arrived early Tuesday morning and leaves on Wednesday.
She was a keynote speaker at the conference on Tuesday, giving 20 minutes of remarks before Modi took the stage.
The first daughter also appeared on a panel, where she encouraged women to seek out and mentor other women who would benefit from their knowledge.
Ivanka, who wore a green and floral patterned dress, shared a handshake with Modi on stage at the summit as the plenary session began, coming together to operate a robot that was said to be in control of the room’s video display.
Their talks were proceeded by a festive dance performance, where four women were perched atop giant Christmas Tree-shaped installations that broadcast digital scenes while four more women in traditional Indian garb performed a choreographed dance on either side of the long platform.
In her remarks, Ivanka said the conference’s location this year is ‘a symbol of the strengthened friendship between our two peoples, and the growing economic and security partnership between our two nations.’
‘As President Trump said earlier this year: India has a true friend in the White House,’ the first daughter stated.