If Bill Gates was in charge in Mexico, he would bet on his people as their greatest resource, not their oil.
The founder of Microsoft told the publication Forbes México in an interview that he would urge President López Obrador to invest in education rather than fossil fuels.
Mexican educational institutions have a long way to go to reach the levels that will give Mexicans a better quality of life, he said.
“Without a doubt, the education system is the main key to the development of a country or the intelligence of its people,” said Gates. “Mexico has places like the Monterrey Technological Institute, where they train world-class engineers. But in more general terms, the education system in Mexico is quite weak… ”
In addition, Gates said, Mexico is not producing enough teachers.
“Having a good education system is much more important than removing oil from the ground,” he said, adding that the more informed citizens are the happiest.
Gates acknowledged that the nations of the world still depend on fossil fuels as a fundamental part of their economies, but argued that reducing the consumption of oil and natural gas for the sake of the environment is crucial.
“We only have 30 years to go to 2050 and we still depend on gasoline so people can access their jobs and get the economy moving,” he said. “How fast can we reduce our gasoline consumption?”
Ultimately, he said, to what extent the global dependence on fossil fuels can be reduced by 2050 is unclear, but nations must try to “let go of hope. to earn so much money by selling oil or natural gas ”.
It will be a challenge, he admitted, “for Russia, for Nigeria [and] for Mexico, ”he said.
Source: Forbes México