Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on November 18th, had a meeting with the world’s most technologically adept Bill Gates, who is also the co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates is on a three-day visit to India. The two popular figures had last met in September in New York, on the sidelines of the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Bill Gates was joined by the key members of his India leadership team.
Gates, while meeting the PM, reinforced his Foundation’s commitment to supporting the Government of India, in its efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a particular focus on health, nutrition, sanitation, and agriculture.
Gates was also seen presenting new ideas that can help enhance agricultural productivity and systems performance, with a particular focus on improving access, to enable the upliftment of the poor and the marginalized.
The Prime Minister in return appreciated the Foundation’s efforts and highlighted how the government values the expertise and responsiveness demonstrated by the Foundation. He suggested that data and evidence-based thoughtful interventions and support by development partners can help accelerate the work in the sectors of health, nutrition, agriculture, and green energy.