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Bill Gates signs up for Qatar conference

Microsoft founder announced as the keynote speaker at information technology event in Doha

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is set to pay his first visit to Qatar next year, it has been announced.

Billionaire Gates has agreed to be a keynote speaker at the third International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development at Carnegie Mellon University (CMUQ) in Doha in April, 2009.

Gates, transitioning from company chairman into a full-time philanthropist, is to speak on 18th April, Qatar daily Gulf Times reported on Tuesday.

“By hosting the ICTD conference in Doha we can get the Middle East and Qatar more involved in this emerging field,” CMUQ’s assistant research professor M Bernardine Dias said.

The conference will present state-of-the-art research by technical and social scientists, as well as keynote addresses by leading experts, in the field including Gates. The event is expected to focus on the use of ICT address the challenges of developing economies.

“Having the conference in the Middle East, as well as having Bill Gates as a speaker, should draw an even larger crowd in 2009,” Dias told the paper.

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