JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Rwandan government officials recently completed their first New Economy Workshop hosted at Alibaba Group’s head office in Hangzhou, China.
The workshop was organised to learn about the transformative impact of a new digital economy as well as how to drive economic growth by accelerating digital finance, logistics, e-commerce and big data industries.
The New Economy Workshop, which ran for four days, is aimed at enabling participants to use their knowledge to continue supporting the development of Rwanda’s digital economy.
Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma recently visited Rwanda and pledged to support education and e-commerce on the continent.
His visit was followed by the launch of Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) programme in Rwanda in partnership with Rwanda’s Higher Education Council and the Rwanda Development Board.
“At Alibaba, we have seen first-hand the transformative impact digital technology can have in building an inclusive society,” said Angel Zhao, president of Alibaba’s Globalization Leadership Group.
“This New Economy Workshop is meant to not only provide capacity building to Rwanda’s policymakers, but also to inspire them to become advocates for Rwanda’s digital transformation and for the country’s technology entrepreneurs.”
The workshop follows the launch of the first African electronic World Trade
Platform (eWTP) hub in Rwanda last year.
Under the eWTP agreement, the government of Rwanda and Alibaba committed to working together to strengthen the country’s economic development by promoting policy innovation and providing capacity building to empower the growth of Rwanda’s digital economy.
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