This week, delegates from the government of Rwanda completed the first New Economy Workshop held at Alibaba Group’s headquarters in Hangzhou.
During the four-day workshop, twelve government leaders met with Alibaba executives across multiple businesses to learn about the transformative impact and promise 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 program aims to empower participants to use their knowledge to continue supporting the development of Rwanda’s digital economy.
“At Alibaba, we have seen first-hand the transformative impact digital technology can have in building an inclusive society. 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,” said Angel Zhao, president of Alibaba’s Globalization Leadership Group.
The workshop follows the launch of the first African eWTP (electronic world trade
platform) hub in Rwanda witnessed by President Kagame and Alibaba Group Executive
Chairman Jack Ma last October.
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.
“The Alibaba ecosystem has enabled millions of people to participate in the global economy and improve their standard of living through the use of technology,” said George William Kayonga, CEO, National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). “I see great opportunity for Rwanda to similarly build a digital economy allowing us to move rapidly up the learning curve using the Alibaba experience as our guide.”