Technology: Ghana’s ambitions for Alibaba Group

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Ghana sees big things in technology. The country hopes to become the first African country to host a branch of Alibaba Group. This is precisely the ambition of the Ghanaian president. Nana Akufo-Addo met Jack Ma, the boss of the company on the sidelines of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

“I met the co-founder and President of the Alibaba group, Mr. Jack Ma. I urged him to consider establishing the Alibaba operations headquarters in Africa in Ghana, as Alibaba Group turns to the countries partners in Africa and helps develop the talents of technology, “wrote the Ghanaian president on Twitter.

Nana Akufo-Addo does not hide it, he wants at all costs to bring the giant Alibaba in Africa. A possibility especially that recently, the first officials of this Chinese company have confessed to take an increasing interest in Africa.

Africa, Alibaba’s new hunting ground

China wants absolutely to be present on the African market. In recent years, many of its companies have spread their tentacles in many African countries. This is the case of Alibaba. To make it a reality, already in July 2018, Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) brought together 29 young entrepreneurs from 11 African countries on the Alibaba campus in Hangzhou, China. . The meeting was part of the third phase of the eFounders initiative.

Alibaba wants to help 1,000 entrepreneurs from developing countries including 200 from Africa in their capacity building. At the end of the program that will last 5 years, they will be able to succeed in the digital world

Last August, Alibaba Business School launched a Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) training program in Rwanda. It is intended for university professors who are supposed to train new talents. It is the result of a partnership with the Higher Education Council of Rwanda and the Rwanda Development Board. Courses in the digital economy, business training, risk management and customer acquisition were initially given to 50 participants from 9 universities across the country.

Jack Ma also launched “African Young Entrepreneurs Fund”, a $ 10 million fund from the personal fortune of the Chinese billionaire.

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