Published on January 24th, 2014
Bill Gates Optimistic Announcement: “In 2035 there will be no poor countries”
Bill Gates, the richest man on the planet, believes that by 2035 most countries, even the 35 countries considered by the World Bank as the poorest in the world, will have a higher per-person income than China now, according to Bloomberg.
Gates contradicted in his annual letter sent by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the “three myths” that block progress for the poor: poor countries are condemned to remain poor, foreign aid is a great loss and saving lives lead to overcrowding.
“The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. In two decades it will be better still” wrote Gates.
The Gates Foundation has awarded grants totaling 28.3 billion dollars in 1997, to finance projects in global health and educational programs in the United States, according to its website.
Almost all countries will have a higher income after current criteria until 2035, believes Gates, according to which they will learn to be better and will benefit from their neighbors innovations such as new vaccines, better seeds and the access to the digital revolution.
Some states will be held in place by wars and politics, said Gates, referring to North Korea, or geographical location such as Central African nations. However, Gates predicted that over 70% of countries will have per capita incomes higher than today’s China, and nearly 90% will be above the current level in India.
“The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful,” Gates wrote. “By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. In two decades it will be better still.”