Vol. 5 Num 543 Tue. December 06, 2005  
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World's richest man keen to invest
Meets PM

Impressed with Bangladesh's progress and congenial investment atmosphere, Microsoft chief Bill Gates yesterday showed his interest in expanding investment in Bangladesh's nascent information technology sector.

Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, who arrived here yesterday morning on his maiden visit, showed the interest when he along with his wife Melinda called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office.

"We will come up in more areas and take advantage of prevailing investment atmosphere here," the Microsoft chief was quoted as saying at the meeting.

As Bill Gates wanted to know, Khaleda briefed him about her government's successful programmes in health, education, primary and women education in particular, reducing child mortality and ensuring safe drinking water.

Bill Gates said they didn't know much about Bangladesh and his visit has helped them know that the country has done a lot. He was impressed with the government's pragmatic policies, programmes and achievements in education, ICT and health sectors.

There is no publicity of the country's such achievements and progress, Gates said assuring the prime minister of support in reducing neonatal mortality rate in Bangladesh.

The Microsoft chief also appreciated the initiative to set up Asian Women University in Chittagong where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided financial support. He said they would also collaborate in ICT development in other universities.

Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, who was present at the meeting, briefed newsmen about the proceedings of the meeting.

Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman were also present.

On April 20 this year, Tarique Rahman visited Seattle in America at the invitation of Bill Gates Foundation. During his visit to Microsoft Office, Tarique formally invited Bill Gates to visit Bangladesh.

Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates meets Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday. PHOTO: PID