The co-founder and former chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma on Thursday arrived in Nigeria for the first Digital Economy Summit in Abuja.
National Sportslink learned that Jack Ma is a Special Guest Speaker at the event theme, “Leveraging Digital Economy for Trade & Investment.”
The two-day summit is organized by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment and it will end on Friday, November 15th, 2019.
Earlier before the event, he met with Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja. According to a report by Channels Television, Jack Ma said he is ready to invest in Nigeria through his “Four Es” programme – E-infrastructure, Entrepreneurship, E-government, and Education.
Laolu’s Akande, the VP’s senior special assistant on the media tweeted: “VP Osinbajo receives Jack Ma, founder, http://AliBaba.com this morning at the Presidential Villa. Praising Nigeria’s place & role in the continent & globally, Jack Ma recalled his earlier meeting with VP in Davos, where he got the IV to visit Nigeria-Digital Economy in focus”.
The summit feature discussion around the digital economy, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of a youthful populace.
Niyi Adebayo, Nigeria’s minister of industry, trade, and investment, in a pre-event release, said, “Technology, trade, and investment are inextricably linked in a digital economy.”
NationalSsportslink recalls that Jack Ma emerged as the richest entrepreneur in China for the second time in 2019. Between 2018 and 2019, he has grown his wealth from $34.6 billion to $38.2, despite stepping down as the Chairman of the renowned Alibaba Group.
In 2017, Ma visited Kenya and Rwanda and discussed investment opportunities in the East African nations. In 2018, he returned to Africa and launched the Netpreneur Prize, a $10 million competition for African tech innovators, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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