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The man who started Microsoft, Bill Gates, has predicted that 2035, there will be almost no countries in the world. Today, the World Bank says there are 35 poor countries. Most of the people who in them are on low or no . Gates said that nearly these countries will be richer in the 20 years. He wrote: "Every nation in South America, Asia, and Central America (with the exception of Haiti), and most in coastal Africa will have joined the of today's middle-income nations." He added: "When I was , most countries in the world were poor. In the next two decades desperately poor countries will become the exception rather than the ."

Mr Gates said some countries will still be poor. These North Korea, Haiti and nations in central Africa. He said the good was that: "Nearly 90% will have a income than India does today." He believes countries will become richer by their more successful neighbours. Countries will also from new medicines, better seeds for , and the Internet. Gates said many countries that were very poor just a few ago are now doing well. He said China, India, Brazil and Botswana were poor thirty years but now have growing economies. He said there was still a lot of to do and that, "more than one billion people live in extreme poverty, so it's not to celebrate".

 


 
 
 

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