SEOUL, South Korea — Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, visited the National Assembly Monday and asked lawmakers to step up aid to developing countries, putting to use South Korea’s experience of becoming the first recipient of foreign aid to become a donor country.
In a speech at the National Assembly, the former CEO of Microsoft praised South Korea’s transformation thanks to improved health care and agricultural productivity, and the Saemaul Movement. He also commended how South Korea is ‘paying forward’ the generosity and kindness from others.
Gates emphasized innovation in foreign aid and said his foundation is focused on maximizing the benefits of foreign aid by concentrating in the areas that affect the most people with the most urgent needs.
Mentioning South Korea’s growing presence in the field of development aid, he reminded the lawmakers that Korea promised to triple foreign aid by 2015 five years ago despite the global economic crisis.
Source: Busan eFM News
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