Young Rwandan Enterpreneurs to Benefit from Alibaba Training

Jack Ma announcing four bigger projects for Africa during Youth Connect in Kigali, July 2017

It is not too late yet for eligible young Rwandan entrepreneurs to apply for a training that would change their life for good.

During last Youth Connect Africa event   that took place in Kigali, Jack Ma the Chinese Business magnate and founder of Alibaba Group who attended the summit announced four groundbreaking projects that would benefit young Africans.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals.

Among the four projects included invitation of 200 African entrepreneurs to work at Alibaba headquarters with the aim of gaining experience in e-commerce, artificial intelligence as well as internet knowledge.

“They will come back to Africa to develop their businesses and help others grow their businesses,” Ma said during the summit.

Following this promise, Alibaba in partnership with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have organized a pilot training course on e-commerce that will be held at Alibaba Headquarters in China- Hangzhou between 9-24thNovember this year.

Application is open since October 12th up to Tuesday 17th October 12:00 hours (Kigali and Geneva time).

Only 25 places are available for young Africans from 9 countries including Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and Egypt.

During the two week training, young entrepreneurs will be attending class lectures, workshops and different site visits among other activities.

Eligible are young entrepreneurs aged 35 and below; entrepreneurs in digital and technology field with projects related to e-commerce, big data, payment and logistics; authenticity and open-minded to the new economy among other factors.

Selected candidates will have to pay for their visa application and travel fees while Alibaba will cover the rest including course tuition, accommodation, meals and transportation fees during the training.

“A letter of support for visa request will be provided by UNICTAD due to tight deadlines,” reads a communiqué from Alibaba.

Interested candidates can just follow this linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ApplicationForm17Oct2017 and fill an application form.

Alibaba was founded in 1999. Currently, it has a market value of $463billion.

“Our hope is to see Alibaba-Made in Rwanda. Our young entrepreneurs have all that is required to be selected for the training despite the deadline,” Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Information and Technology told KT Press.




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