China-Malaysia Promising relationship: Najib delivering his speech in Beijing. ‘A digital economy with e-commerce is Malaysia’s next growth strategy,’ says the PM.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma agrees to be advisor to Malaysian Govt on digital economy
BEIJING: Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has agreed to act as an advisor to the Malaysian Government on its digital economy aspirations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"We will be in partnership with Jack on the path and route to the future," said Najib.
He said that Ma had also agreed to come to Malaysia to attend the launch of its E free trade zone in March.
Najib said this before he launched Alitrip Tourism Malaysia together with Ma Friday to lure Chinese tourists to Malaysia.
"You can see that China is the place to be. It has 300 million middle-class people, larger than US population.
"We hope, together with Alibaba, we can make Malaysia and China more prosperous," he said.
In his Budget 2017 speech on Oct 21, Najib announced the setting up of a Digital Free Zone.
He also unveiled the Digital Maker Movement and the Malaysia Digital Hub to help nurture talents and create innovators to build a fully sustainable digital economy.
The digital economy is said to account for 16% of Malaysia's GDP and is expected to rise.
By Ho Wah Foon The Star
Adviser Jack Ma to start with e-FTZ
Digital push: Najib with Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma (left) during launching ceremonyjof the Alitrip Malaysia Tourism Pavilion. Looking on is Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Addul Aziz - Bernama.
BEIJING: Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma will kick-start his role as adviser to the Malaysian Government on its digital economy at the launch of a e-free trade zone (e-FTZ) in March.
Ma, a global business icon, has ideas on the set up of the e-trade zone, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
“I had a (30-min) meeting with Mr Jack Ma. He has agreed to be adviser to our Government on the digital economy,” said the Prime Minister.
“Jack Ma did not ask for payment. I don’t think we can afford to pay him,” Najib said in jest later to a reporter’s question.
In his Budget 2017 ( see related posts below) speech last month, Najib announced that a digital economy that includes e-commerce would be Malaysia’s next growth strategy as this could bring about double-digit growth.
Alibaba is the largest and most well-known e-commerce giant in China and the world.
“We will be in partnership with Ma on the path and route to the future,” said Najib before launching the Alitrip Tourism Malaysia Pavilion in collaboration with Alibaba Group.
Najib said Malaysia would have to act fast to implement Alipayment, further develop online banking and online commerce as “we don’t want to miss the boat”.
On the pavilion, Najib said: “You can see that China is the place to be. It has 300 million middle-class people, larger than the US population.
“We hope, together with Alibaba, we can make Malaysia and China more prosperous,” he said.
Ma, before launching the pavilion jointly with Najib with the premier’s mobile phone, urged Chinese tourists to visit Malaysia and enjoy the culture there.
“We have a long history between these two countries. About 2,000 years ago, Chinese went to Malaya to make a living. Now, we should go there to enjoy life – not to survive,” said Ma.
He took the opportunity to pay tribute to the Prime Minister’s father for having the foresight to be the first leader in Asean to establish diplomatic ties with China when others shunned the republic for being a communist nation.
“Today, we are benefiting from this decision made 42 years ago. Malaysia is China’s largest trading partner in Asean and China is Malaysia’s biggest trading partner.”
On Malaysians, he noted that on average each Malaysian has 230 friends on his social network.
“This means Malaysians are friendly, trusting and inclusive. This is an excellent culture.
“I love Malaysia… you have the culture, environment, food and hospitality and inclusiveness.”
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (L) and China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing. - EPA
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