Microsoft's Gates in S. Korea for tech talks

Apr 22, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) shakes hands with Microsoft founder Bill Gates before their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on April 22, 2013.
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Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates on Monday met South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul.

Park was expected to seek advice on her vision to use information technology as the main tool to boost economic growth at the meeting, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported.

Park has often mentioned Gates and late Apple founder Steve Jobs as examples while pitching for her "creative economy" initiative that calls for creating new markets and jobs by developing innovative technologies, Yonhap said.

Gates arrived in Seoul on Saturday (April 20) for a three-day visit. He met top executives of Samsung Electronics Co. and university students on Sunday (April 21).