Pm modi may taKe up h1b visa is­sue with ivanKa

There may be dis­cus­sions on re­lease of Pak ter­ror­ist Hafiz Saeed.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is likely to take up the con­cerns of In­di­ans on Amer­i­can H1B visas, among other issues, with Ivanka Trump, ad­viser and daugh­ter of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, when they have an ex­clu­sive meet­ing for about 20 min­utes at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad on Tues­day evening, a cou­ple of hours after launch­ing the eight edi­tion of the Global En­trepreneur­ship Sum­mit (GES).

PM Modi and Ivanka will drive from HICC (Hyderabad In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre) at Mad­ha­pur where they will par­tic­i­pate in the GES in­au­gu­ral, to the Falaknuma Palace for the din­ner hosted by the for­mer for the del­e­gates. Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Ajit Doval and some of­fi­cials are ex­pected to be present at the talks.

Ac­cord­ing to sources from the Niti Aayog, which is co­or­di­nat­ing the sum­mit from the In­dian side, the Prime Min­is­ter would be dis­cussing the re­cent changes in visas for skilled In­di­ans in the US. This is the sec­ond time PM Modi will be meet­ing Ivanka. Their first meet­ing was on 26 June this year at the White House in the pres­ence of the Pres­i­dent.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and in­dus­try bod­ies wanted to sub­mit mem­o­ran­dums to Ivanka on H1B visa curbs pro­posed in the US Congress. The Niti Aayog has as­sured them that the PM would be tak­ing up all con­cerns, in­clud­ing visa-re­lated ones, at the high­est level and there was no need to press the is­sue in­de­pen­dently.

The pos­si­ble pres­ence of Ajit Doval, who will ac­com­pany the PM, sug­gests that the meet­ing might also cover se­cu­rity issues like the re­lease of Pak­istan-based ter­ror king­pin Hafiz Saeed, among oth­ers. Ivanka will be re­ceived by Sushma Swaraj in a grand wel­come at the Shamshabad In­ter­na­tional Air­port on the city out­skirts at 1.30 pm on Tues­day.

She will first go to Westin Ho­tel and ar­rive at HICC for the GES launch at 5 pm.

The PM will ar­rive in a spe­cial air­craft from Delhi at Begum­pet old air­port at 2.30 pm the same day and par­tic­i­pate in the launch of the 30km of the Hyderabad Metro at Miya­pur. He will reach the HICC at 4.30 pm and launch GES. Ivanka will de­liver her key­note ad­dress on the sum­mit theme, “Women First, Pros­per­ity for All”, on Wed­nes­day and meet en­trepreneurs be­fore leav­ing for US by a com­mer­cial flight at around 2.30 pm. Sources from the US con­sulate told this news­pa­per that Ivanka would meet im­por­tant speak­ers from all four thrust ar­eas of GES—health­care, dig­i­tal econ­omy, en­ergy and me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment.

Al­ready, dozens of GES del­e­gates from the US and other coun­tries have ar­rived in the city and more than half of 2,000 ho­tel rooms booked for the event are oc­cu­pied. Of the 1,200 del­e­gates ex­pected to at­tend the GES, around 250 are NRI en­trepreneurs and half of them are women. In­ter­est­ingly, around 52% of to­tal del­e­gates are women. Ever since this global business plat­form was be­gun by then US Pres­i­dent Barak Obama in 2010, the GES was more about show­cas­ing Amer­i­can business op­por­tu­ni­ties and less about pump­ing in­vest­ments into host coun­tries or bud­ding en­trepreneurs. In fact, Obama con­ceived the GES mainly to wean away Mus­lims from ter­ror net­works and make them en­trepreneurs.

Once the sum­mits were con­cluded, in­vest­ments into ven­tures of en­trepreneurs were mea­gre. This is ev­i­dent from the in­signif­i­cant funds flow into host coun­tries of GES held in Is­tan­bul, Dubai, Mar­rakech, Nairobi and Kuala Lumpur (two other sum­mits were held in Wash­ing­ton and Sil­i­con Val­ley of US).

How­ever, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and del­e­gates in Hyderabad are con­fi­dent that this time, the GES would wit­ness a quan­tum jump in ven­ture cap­i­tal fund­ing.

Ivanka’s spe­cial in­ter­est would con­trib­ute to flow of funds not less than $10 bil­lion this time, a sec­re­tary with in­dus­tries depart­ment said. In­dian en­trepreneurs, es­pe­cially women en­trepreneurs, are look­ing up to Ivanka Trump, daugh­ter and ad­viser to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, as she ar­rives in Hyderabad to join the three day 8th edi­tion of Global En­trepreneur­ship Sum­mit (GES) that be­gins Tues­day.

“Un­like in the past, we hope there will be some real boost to en­trepreneurs,” Elisha B Puli­varti, a US del­e­gate, told The Sun­day Guardian. Puli­varti, pres­i­dent of US In­dia SME (Small and Medium En­trepreneurs) Coun­cil (USISMEC), is one of the 200 US del­e­gates who are in the city. He is op­ti­mistic about un­prece­dented flow of funds and sup­port to start-ups and in­no­va­tions that are straight out of in­cu­ba­tion cen­tres across the coun­try in the com­ing months. “My hope is based on Ivanka’s per­sonal at­ten­tion to the sum­mit,” he said.

Though the GES in the past was mon­i­tored by the White House under the su­per­vi­sion of the US Pres­i­dent, there haven’t been con­sid­er­able in­vest­ments into the ven­tures ex­hib­ited and se­lected by the ven­ture funds and private eq­ui­ties.

Artists play drums and trum­pets dur­ing the an­nual eight-day long Vrischikol­savam fes­ti­val, which fea­tures a colour­ful pro­ces­sion of dec­o­rated ele­phants along with drum con­certs, at Sree Poor­nathray­eesa tem­ple in Kochi on Mon­day. REUTERS.

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