Microsoft’s chief set to visit Middle East

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation, is set to meet with Middle East government officials and business leaders at the end of January.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 11, 2004

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation, is set to meet with Middle East government officials and business leaders at the end of January. The meetings will take place in Egypt during the Government Leadership Forum Arabia (GLF Arabia). An annual event organised by Microsoft, the GLF brings together representatives from governments to discuss how countries are streamlining service delivery and empowering their citizens through the use of IT. “Our chairman's visit to Cairo translates directly into the ongoing commitment of Microsoft to the Arab World and the ICT agendas of its governments and businesses,” said Emre Berkin, vice president for Microsoft Europe Middle East and Africa. The GLF Arabia will focus on 'Modernising Government', 'Economic Development' and 'Education'. Gates is expected to meet the key players involved in these fields as well as delivering the event’s closing speech. “Bill's visit is intended to explore current and future modernisation, development and educational objectives set by governments and businesses and explore opportunities where Microsoft can continue delivering on its social obligations to the region,” added Berkin. The event will be held under the auspices of the Egyptian President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, and will be hosted by Dr. Atef Ebid the Egyptian Prime Minister on January 24, 25th.

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