U.S. Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump speaks at a round table at the Global Entrepreneurs Summit in Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Ivanka Trump described the obstacles women face during a speech at the business conference in India on Tuesday , which treats your trip as a real visit. (Mahesh Kumar A./Associated Press)
By Muneeza Naqvi | AP By Muneeza Naqvi | AP November 29 at 5:59 a.m.
HYDERABAD, India – Ivanka Trump came to India to talk about the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. But for many in Hyderabad, a centuries-old southern city that has become a technology hub, his trip has been an opportunity to savor the glamor of the American president's family.
On Wednesday, locals struggled behind security barricades near one in hopes of catching a glimpse of their VIP visitor.
Irfana Begum, who dodged barricades trying to discover which road was open for traffic, said she was very happy that Trump decided to visit, despite the inconvenience of dealing with the city.
"She is very safe and beautiful, her father is the president, she is like a queen," Begum said.
Trump arrived in Hyderabad on Tuesday to head a US delegation of 350 at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in the city. The three-day summit was jointly organized by the United States and India this year.
He joined the inauguration by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who later received it for dinner at a luxury hotel.
Hyderabad was given a makeover before his visit. The potholes were filled, the pbadageways were painted and the homeless disappeared, at least temporarily.
The city gathered hundreds of beggars, taking them to male and female shelters, and the authorities also began to strictly enforce a ban on begging on city streets and other public places.
In his speech to open the conference, which was broadcast live across India through the main news channels, Trump spoke about the obstacles women face in business.
India has a low participation rate of women in the labor force A recent World Bank report placed India in 120th place among 131 countries with available data.
But for many in Hyderabad, it was more about Trump than about problems.
"I do not know much about her, but I know she's an important person," said Kashif, who only gave one name. "It's a very good thing that he came to our city and this place, it's a moment of pride."
After participating in a round table on Wednesday, Trump visited Fort Golconda before his scheduled departure.
"Prime Minister Modi and the members of his cabinet with him were incredibly warm and I think it was a very enlightening and inspiring summit for all those who attended," Trump told reporters. "It was certainly for me."
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