On November 25, 2019, the Ethiopian Government and Alibaba Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) in Ethiopia; a multi-stakeholder global initiative intended to enable cross-border trade, provide smart logistics and fulfillment services, assist small and medium-sized enterprises, or Small and Medium Enterprises, to reach China and other markets, and provide talent training.

Now, two months later, the Alibaba Business School has launched and invited Ethiopian entrepreneurs to the Alibaba Netpreneur Training (ANT) Program; a country specific initiative designed to help traditional business owners and entrepreneurs with digital aspirations to harness the power of technology to transform their businesses and their larger economies. This is as part of the commitment Alibaba made to train and build the capacity of Ethiopian entrepreneurs, business leaders and university lecturers.

The ANT program taking place from March 15-25, 2020 in Alibaba Xixi Campus, Hangzhou, China, will focus on convening traditional businesses and digital enablers and support them to fulfill their digital transformation goals by focusing on the pain points of their local ecosystem. Whether an Internet entrepreneur, a textile manufacturer or a coffee grower, it is imperative that contributors and producers of all industries recognize the opportunity the digital economy presents for the future.

Accordingly, program participants will have the opportunity to spend 10 days in Alibaba to hear its founders and business leaders share their own experience in building the ecommerce ecosystem in China from its inception up to date. Alibaba’s journey from startup to international ecosystem supporting millions of consumers and merchants is applicable to many business owners in Ethiopia as many face challenges similar to those Alibaba encountered during its development journey. The hope is that these attendees will learn useful lessons that can accelerate their development back in their home country and then work with related parties to build success cases that will become the building blocks of their local economy.

In line with this, Alibaba has agreed to cover the cost of the training and accommodation in China for Ethiopian founders, co-founders or business owners of Internet ventures/ businesses looking to digitally adapt, aim to achieve mission driven success and serve as role models in their own communities. More specifically, Alibaba invites:

  • Digital companies who focuses on eCommerce, Fintech, Logistics, Big Data and Tourism;
  • Information Technology solution companies which provide services for Small and Medium Entreprises and big companies;
  • Younger leaders who are leading the digital transformation sector in companies with annual revenue around USD 1M;
  • Business owners of bigger size of companies who are already making efforts to incorporate technology into their businesses.

For more information about the ANT program, please click here.

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