Bill Gates, who is visiting India for the first time since the pandemic, was at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai on Tuesday. In the meeting with Governor Shaktikanta Das, Gates discussed, among other topics, financial inclusion, payment systems, microfinance and digital lending.
The Microsoft co-founder also called Anand Mahindra of the Mahindra Group. Gates and Mahindra were classmates at Harvard in 1973 before Gates famously dropped out to focus on building his company.
Gates is involved in extensive philanthropic initiatives in India through his Gates Foundation, including the promotion of financial inclusion, the health sector and climate change. The RBI tweeted that Gates visited RBI Mumbai today and held extensive discussions with Governor Das. “Had a great meeting with @BillGates on financial inclusion, payment systems, microfinance and digital lending etc,” Das said in another tweet.
In his latest blog, “My message to India: LET’S fight climate change, improve global health,” Gates said that India as a whole gives him hope for the future. India has eradicated polio, reduced HIV transmission, reduced poverty, reduced infant mortality and increased access to sanitation and financial services.
“I am going back to India next week. Although I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years—doing everything from inspecting toilets to visiting a village that’s home to one of India’s poorest, most disadvantaged castes—I haven’t been back since before the pandemic. I can’t wait to see how much progress has been made in that time,” he said in a message last week.