Alibaba founder to launch e-commerce training center in Indonesia

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Jack Ma, founder and outgoing executive chairman of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, said on October 13 that he plans to open an institute in Indonesia to train thousands of tech entrepreneurs.

Ma, who is already an adviser to the Indonesian government on e-commerce, said the center – which will operate under the name of Jack Ma Institute of Entrepreneurs – aims to train 1,000 tech leaders a year over the next ten years. He, however, did not say when and where exactly it would be launched.

“We’re giving a lot of opportunities for young Indonesian people to learn,” Ma told reporters after meeting Indonesian ministers on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Bali.

Ma said it was important for Indonesia to invest in human capital because “only when people improve, when people’s minds change, when people’s skills improve, then we can enter the digital period”.

Indonesia has a shortage of trained engineers in technology and the institute will also train hundreds of developers and engineers in cloud computing to help make Indonesian businesses more digital-savvy. The country is a key market for Alibaba, whose cloud computing arm Alibaba Cloud launched a data center in Indonesia in March.

Indonesia’s digital economy is projected to hit $130 billion by 2020, contributing 11 per cent to its gross domestic product, according to an estimate from the Communications and Information Ministry.

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Jack Ma, founder and outgoing executive chairman of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, said on October 13 that he plans to open an institute in Indonesia to train thousands of tech entrepreneurs.

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Jack Ma, founder and outgoing executive chairman of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, said on October 13 that he plans to open an institute in Indonesia to train thousands of tech entrepreneurs.

Ma, who is already an adviser to the Indonesian government on e-commerce, said the center – which will operate under the name of Jack Ma Institute of Entrepreneurs – aims to train 1,000 tech leaders a year over the next ten years. He, however, did not say when and where exactly it would be launched.

“We’re giving a lot of opportunities for young Indonesian people to learn,” Ma told reporters after meeting Indonesian ministers on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Bali.

Ma said it was important for Indonesia to invest in human capital because “only when people improve, when people’s minds change, when people’s skills improve, then we can enter the digital period”.

Indonesia has a shortage of trained engineers in technology and the institute will also train hundreds of developers and engineers in cloud computing to help make Indonesian businesses more digital-savvy. The country is a key market for Alibaba, whose cloud computing arm Alibaba Cloud launched a data center in Indonesia in March.

Indonesia’s digital economy is projected to hit $130 billion by 2020, contributing 11 per cent to its gross domestic product, according to an estimate from the Communications and Information Ministry.

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