Alibaba business mogul, Jack Ma coming to Nairobi

Founder and executive chairman of giant online shopping platform Alibaba .com Jack Ma is expected to set foot on African soil for the first time when he lands in Nairobi today.

Ma, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development special adviser for young entrepreneurs and small business is on a three day visit to Africa from July 19 to 21, where he will grace the Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Rwanda.“Realizing Africa’s youth potential” conference will bring together 1,500 participants including government officials, entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals, and startups shaping the African technological ecosystem to discuss methods of using technology to drive Africa’s economic growth. “He brings to the continent a visionary approach to entrepreneurship, a thirst for learning, and a belief in a better world for young people,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said in a statement.

UNCTAD will work with Ma to explore opportunities with local businesses to participate in global trade, raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and attend the Youth Connekt Africa Summit.

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