Microsoft founder Bill Gates arrived in Bangladesh on Monday for a
brief visit during which he aims to commit assistance to expanding
the impoverished country's information technology industry.
Accompanied by his wife Melinda, the Microsoft chief was received at
Dhaka airport by Science and Technology Minister Dr. Abdul Moyeen
Gates participated in the signing of an agreement between Microsoft
Bangladesh and the ministry of education for training over 10,000
teachers and 200,000 students in the next three years.
Microsoft Bangladesh is a joint venture of the Microsoft Corporation
and Bangladesh's Square Informatix and has been operating since June.
Gates also met Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.
"His visit is very important for the national interests of Bangladesh
as it will give a new impetus to Bangladesh's nascent IT industry,"
said Akhtar Hussain, an information technology expert.
Earlier, Gates and his wife inspected a number micro-finance and
health projects run by leading non-government organization BRAC.
The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation donated $1 million to BRAC to run
projects last year.
Gates also visited a health project of the Dhaka-based International
Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
Have a nice evening & happy phping.
ICT of Bangladesh