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Bill Gates Visits Vietnam, Mobbed by Students


The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has received a rousing welcome in Vietnam by thousands of university students eager for a glimpse of the world's richest man.

Students climbed trees and pushed through crowds at Hanoi University Saturday, where Gates was delivering a speech on information technology.

Earlier, Gates met Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and President Tran Duc Luong, who both took time away from the ruling Communist Party National Congress. During the meeting, the Vietnamese leaders and Gates signed an agreement to use Microsoft software in Vietnam's government systems.

Gates' trip to Hanoi is seen as another major boost for Vietnam's high-tech sector. Earlier this year, the government landed a high tech deal when leading chipmaker Intel Corporation announced it was building a plant in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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