Rwanda and Alibaba launch Africa’s first global trade e-platform hub

The Government of Rwanda and Alibaba have partnered to establish Africa’s first e-global commerce platform hub. The agreement will strengthen Rwanda’s economic development and digital economy. It also ensures the trade of Rwandan products and will facilitate tourism in Rwanda.

Commodity trading in China will ensure the improvement of product quality and productivity. Several Rwandan single-origin coffee brands are already getting a good response on the world’s largest online product sales platform. This agreement will ensure that Rwandan products will reach over half a billion Alibaba consumers.

The reach of a large number of people will lead to increased profits, which will encourage entrepreneurs and business enterprises to work harder and attract more people to invest. This will ultimately accelerate the economic development of Rwanda. Alibaba’s online travel platform Figgy and the Rwanda Development Council will work together to promote Rwandan tourism to Chinese customers.

Alibaba will also continue to support Rwandan entrepreneurs through the eFounders Fellowship Program. UNCTAD and Alibaba are training 1,000 entrepreneurs and two hundred of them will be African. Five Rwandan entrepreneurs have already graduated.

Alibaba also organized the Global E-commerce Talent Program (GET) which is a five-day course and 50 university professors across Rwanda joined to deepen their knowledge in e-commerce. This course will help them train digital talents and future entrepreneurs to compete in the global economy. Rwanda’s economic development is certainly on the right track.

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