Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates has called for a regional public-private partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) to help create a strong and vibrant economy across the Middle East.
Gates was speaking at the Government Leaders Forum Arabia 2008 held in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The two-day forum is organised by Microsoft in co-ordination with UAE Ministry of Economy.
The opening session featured a presentation by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy.
In his closing keynote presentation of the day, Gates promised Microsoft’s close partnership with both government and public establishments in the region.
Gates said: “Technology has touched millions of lives and played a significant role in fostering economic development across the region. Microsoft’s goal is to work in close partnership with governments and partner organisations to help them use technology to accelerate social and economic development.
“This forum is a great opportunity for leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the critical issues they face and create a roadmap for moving forward together.”
Highlighting Microsoft’s contribution to Middle East economies through its partnerships and solutions, Gates said he had been very impressed by the willingness of decision makers in the region to invest in development, and that the company was looking to develop more local relationships to drive growth.
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