'Bill Gates will not attend current AU Summit'

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Disappointed that he did not get the chance to address African leaders attending the 16th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, American businessman Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, is staying away, PANA learnt Sunday from reliable sources in the Ethiopian capital.

According to the sources, Mr. Gates had already arrived in London ahead of the summit which opened on Sunday under the theme "Shared Values for greater unity and integration".

They said "Initially he was expected to address African leaders Sunday but his speech was shifted to 31 January and then this became uncertain in the end."

"Bill Gates finally decide not to attend due to various delays in allocating him a speaking time,"
an African diplomat at the summit deplored Saturday.

At the head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Microsoft founder supports programmes for health and the fight against poverty in Africa, including the search for a vaccine against malaria for which he has spent nearly US$ 170 million .
-0- PANA SEI/ BM/JEN/VAO 30Jan2011

30 Janeiro 2011 12:39:51

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