Ivanka Trump offers herself as business mentor

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump speaks at the forum Taking Women-Owned Business to the Next Level, on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Ivanka Trump is offering herself as a global mentor to women in the business world.

President Donald Trump's daughter spoke at a conference in Washington that's rolling out the World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) — a program she's pushed the bank to introduce.

It's raised $350 million, and hopes to turn that into $1 billion in financing for businesses owned by women. The initiative will make entrepreneurs available to offer advice.

Ivanka Trump — a business owner herself — is promising "to spend a lot of time offering any value that I can as a mentor."

Other members of the Trump administration attended the annual International Monetary Fund/World Bank meetings.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed global economic growth challenges, saying the U.S. wants to see the 189-nation IMF be a more "forceful advocate" and push countries to follow economic policies that will promote better growth.

President Donald Trump has singled out China for criticism about its trade surpluses. He's suggested the Chinese are relying on unfair trade practices to help Chinese companies at the expense of American exporters.

Mnuchin tells the IMF — which is wrapping up its fall meetings in Washington — that it "must be a more forceful advocate for strong, sustainable and balanced growth."

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