| by Raymon Kondos
- Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., visited Egypt in the
past week for the first time. Gates took part in the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and decided to visit Egypt on his way
back to USA.
Bill Gates, world richest man, visits Egypt
Gates met with President Mubarak on January 25th to discuss business
cooperation with the Egyptian government. He praised the Egyptian
IT development and pledged to support it.
"Egypt is candidate to lead the region in IT field," Gates
told Al-Ahram newspaper on 31 January.
Microsoft's chairman took part in launching Egypt's E-government
project, sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and
Information. The portal is intended to ease governmental services
like citizens' acquisition of official certificates and payments
According to Gates, Microsoft will provide learning facilities,
technical advice and training to teachers and students over the
next 5 years as part of long-term agreements with the Egyptian ministry
Gates took the opportunity to address conferences held in Cairo
on technology cooperation between Middle Eastern states and on software
It is noteworthy to mention that Bill Gates' fortune is estimated
at $40.7 billion from his company founded in 1975. This makes
him topping the list of richest people in the globe as according
to Forbes magazine last year.