GENEVA, (Xinhua) --
Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma is to team up
with the United Nations (UN) trade and development agency head
Mukhisa Kituyi in co-hosting meetings in East Africa to promote
entrepreneurship and small business among young people.
Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, China’s
e-commerce giant. Ma is also special advisor of the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for youth
entrepreneurship and small businesses.
He will land in Africa for the first time later this month on his
new mission, UNCTAD said in a statement on Wednesday.
UNCTAD Secretary-General Kituyi and Ma are to share entrepreneurial
insights with African youth and small businesses during a visit to
the region between July 19 and 21 that will include stopovers in
Kenya and Rwanda.
The UN agency said the goal of the tour was to “empower young
African young entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
Ma was appointed UNCTAD special advisor in 2016.
The first meeting will take place at the University of Nairobi where
Ma and Kituyi will hold a “conversation” with 500 young business
leaders to be followed by a meeting with the local press.
On July 21, they will talk to young people in the Rwandan capital of
Kigali before meeting with political leaders.