Gates to Speak at World Economic Forum as Part of European Visit

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 31, 1999 — This week, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates heads to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, where the theme of this year’s meeting is global responsibility. Hundreds of leading politicians, business representatives and intellectuals will gather at the WEF to discuss the implications of increasing interdependence among the world’s economies.

Gates will attend a series of meetings and lectures where he will discuss how Internet access and investment in information technology enable connectivity, commerce and societal benefits that are giving new meaning to the term “globalization.” He will highlight the tremendous benefits that Internet adoption is creating in business and society, as well as the challenges that must be addressed — including privacy, security, bandwidth and connectivity – for the full potential of the Internet’s reach and promise to be achieved.

Following his stay in Davos, Gates will visit a number of European countries to meet with customers, partners, policy makers and the media. He will visit France, then continue on to the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. Throughout the week, PressPass will provide updates and additional information about Gates’ activities in Europe.

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