"When we met, he had his computer, and he had the vision to make government better by using advanced tools," Bill Gates said.

Bill Gates recalls first meeting with Andhra CM Naidu 20 years ago
news Business Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 07:24

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates on Friday said he was really excited at meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for the first time over 20 years ago.

Addressing the valedictory of the three-day AP AgTech Summit 2017, the Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recalled his meeting with Naidu who was then Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

"I was told that there is someone who believes in digital technology even more than you do. It was hard to believe but when we met, he had his digital equipment -- computer -- and he had the vision to make government better by using advanced tools," said Gates.

He also revealed that they agreed and today they have reached a milestone as they can use dashboards for agriculture and health. He also referred to the use of Microsoft app Kaizala by the state government for its activity.

"It's been a real journey over these 20 years, making that vision a reality. I expect it to accelerate and in the years ahead will move very quickly," said Gates.

Earlier, Naidu in his speech revealed how he managed to get an appointment with Gates for 10 minutes but the latter spent 40 minutes with him. "I made a presentation through laptop and I was the first Indian politician to do so," the Chief Minister claimed.

Naidu explained how he convinced Gates to set up Microsoft's development centre in Hyderabad. "Not only Microsoft opened its development centre in Hyderabad but Satya Nadella who is from our place became Microsoft CEO."

Terming Gates as a great personality, the Chief Minister said he was spending the money he earned to help people around the world

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government sought the cooperation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in areas of agriculture, nutrition, health and sanitation.

Naidu made the request during a meeting with Bill Gates, where the former briefed him about the various initiatives taken by his government to use technology to improve the citizen services and for agriculture transformation.

During his brief visit to the coastal city of Visakhapatnam, Gates addressed the valedictory of the three-day AP AgTech Summit 2017.

Earlier, Naidu personally received Gates at the airport. At the AP AgTech Summit, Gates went around some stalls and enquired about the various innovative products and services on display.

The makeshift venue was full to its capacity as large number of farmers, officials, techies, and students turned up to catch a glimpse of Gates and hear him.

IANS Inputs

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