Alibaba opens Kuala Lumpur office, deepening Malaysia ties

19/06/2018

In an effort to increase cross-border e-commerce opportunities and deepen ties with Malaysia, Alibaba launched an office in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

 

The office offers small- and medium-sized businesses support and platforms to assist them to drive exports, extensive training programs and cloud-computing services, Alibaba reported.

Alibaba’s focus is on three areas when we partner with Malaysia, as well as other countries – to digitize our local partners and empower small businesses and young people to go global,” Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said at the office-opening ceremony on June 18.

He added that only large corporations have benefited from globalization in the past 30 years.

 

 

“Alibaba’s focus is on three areas when we partner with Malaysia, as well as other countries – to digitize our local partners and empower small businesses and young people to go global,” Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said.

 

 

“Imagine if we could support 60 million small business around the world. This is Alibaba’s vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy,” Ma said.

Alibaba also announced at the office opening that it will hold Malaysia Week, an online promotion to encourage Chinese consumers to buy Malaysian goods.

The event, slated for July 6 to 12, will showcase about 50 Malaysian brands from multiple product categories, which will be highlighted to Chinese consumers across Alibaba’s platforms as an array of “must-see, must-eat and must-buy” products and services.

 

 

Alibaba also announced at the office opening that it will hold Malaysia Week, an online promotion set for July 6-12 to encourage Chinese consumers to buy Malaysian goods.

 

 

The new office and announcement represent just the latest step in the e-commerce giant’s push for stronger commercial and cultural ties between China and Malaysia, as well as a general desire to infiltrate and control Southeast Asia‘s e-commerce market.

At the Davos World Economic Forum in January, Ma broadcasted Malaysia the site of its first overseas e-hub, the Electronic World Trade Platform, which went online in November. The hub facilitates exports for Malaysian SMEs and provides the infrastructure to support global trade. Services include e-commerce, logistics, cloud computing, mobile payments and training of talent, according to Alizila.

 

 

The new office and announcement represent just the latest step in the e-commerce giant’s push for stronger commercial and cultural ties between China and Malaysia.

 

 

Since then, Alibaba opened its first regional e-fulfillment hub near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and an internet data center – Malaysia’s first global public cloud platform, Alizila reported.

China also launched a City Brain project in Kuala Lumpur in January, making it the first artificial intelligence- and big data-powered project of its kind outside of China to assist traffic flow, emergency vehicles and other crucial city needs.

 

 

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