Alibaba set to open e-commerce class for Rwandan students


China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to launch an undergraduate program in Hangzhou for Rwandese students, aimed at sharing knowledge on the internet and e-commerce.

The Alibaba Business School said its “International Business Cross-border eCommerce” class will enroll 30 students this year to kick-start the course.

The 30 students will spend four years in Hangzhou, where Alibaba is based, and will study among other things cross-border e-commerce.

This project is part of an agreement signed in 2018 between the Rwandese government and Alibaba to build the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP).

The eWTP initiative was proposed by the executive chairman of Alibaba, Jack Ma, in 2016.

It aims to promote public-private dialogue to improve policy and business environment to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in cross-border electronic trade.

Rwanda, which aims to become a regional hub of information communication technology, was the first African country to launch the eWTP.

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