Gates Foundation Initiative in Middle East

Current Affairs: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched an initiative to help frame and stimulate regional and global debate on vital development issues in the Middle East.

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The initiative will focus on the issues related to human resources development, innovation, public health, education, tolerance, sustainability, poverty, employment, entrepreneurship, food, water and others.

It will assign a group of international experts, including Nobel laureates and heads of state, academicians and intellectuals to write several articles on such issues.

Launched by Microsoft co-founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates in 2000, the Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world.

“The Arab world is in need of positive ideas to take on the developmental and daily life challenges with the contributions from the international intellectuals,” UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum said.