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The man who started Microsoft, Bill Gates, has [prediction / predicted] that by 2035, there will be almost [not / no] poor countries in the world. Today, the World Bank says there are 35 [poor / poorly] countries. Most of the people who live in them are on [short / low] or no incomes. Gates said that [near / nearly] all these countries will be richer in the [past / next] 20 years. He wrote: "Every [nation / national] in South America, Asia, and Central America (with the possible [exception / expectation] of Haiti), and most in coastal Africa will have joined the ranks of today's middle-income nations." He added: "When I was [birth / born] , most countries in the world were poor. In the next two decades desperately poor countries will become the exception [rather / instead] than the rule."

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

 


 
 
 

 

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