BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Alibaba Group, a Chinese multinational e-commerce and technology conglomerate, opened its national office in Malaysia this morning, which is the first electronic web trade platform (eWTP) hub outside of China. The new office signifies Alibaba Group’s effort to provide support and platforms to assist young entrepreneurs to help them take advantage of digital innovations to drive exports. During the opening ceremony, Alibaba Group also announced the existence of ‘Malaysia Week’, a special online promotion that will aim to allure Chinese consumers to buy all-things Malaysian from July 6th - 12th of 2018.
“Working closely with the Malaysian government, we will support and empower as many small businesses and young people as possible to use technology to become local kings and benefit from globalisation. This is the beginning of our story in Malaysia and I think Alibaba’s story will be long and we will make this story together,” he added.
“I would like to congratulate Alibaba for the opening of its national office in Malaysia. We consider this a shining symbol of China-Malaysia friendship that is based on mutual respect and benefits that augurs well for the cooperation on the part of governments, businesses and people from both countries. We look forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring to Malaysian SMEs and I am confident that the eWTP together with the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ), will encourage more Malaysian SMEs to participate in ecommerce and increase their exports to other countries in Asia and beyond.” said Minister of Finance Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Lim Guan Eng, told guests at the ceremony.
“China and Malaysia have enjoyed a profound friendship and flourishing trade over the centuries. The robust numbers we see about our bilateral trade proves the strength of our economic relations. The launch of Alibaba’s Malaysia office is yet another step to boost a mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Malaysia,” said Mr. Bai Tian, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, at the ceremony.
“Malaysia Week is the first time Alibaba has promoted one country for an entire week. This symbolizes our commitment to introduce and promote Malaysian products, services, culture and tourism in China. We hope to continue to host promotional activities such as this in the long term to enable local Malaysian businesses expand their international exports in China and the rest of the world,” Mr. Ma said.
Shawn W. Anderson