Alibaba set to open an e-commerce class for Rwandan students


China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to launch an undergraduate program in Hangzhou for Rwandese students, aimed at sharing knowledge on the internet and e-commerce.

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The Alibaba Business School said its “International Business Cross-border eCommerce” class will enroll 30 students this year to kick-start the course.

The 30 students will spend four years in Hangzhou, where Alibaba is based, and will study among other things cross-border e-commerce.

This project is part of an agreement signed in 2018 between the Rwandese government and Alibaba to build the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP).

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The eWTP initiative was proposed by the executive chairman of Alibaba, Jack Ma, in 2016.

It aims to promote public-private dialogue to improve policy and business environment to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in cross-border electronic trade.

Rwanda, which aims to become a regional hub of information communication technology, was the first African country to launch the eWTP.


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