On the morning of November 15, Jack Ma appeared in Nigeria, Togo and Ghana in Africa one after another on November 14, exchanging ideas with local young people for African entrepreneurs. On the morning of the 14th, Jack Ma firstly attended the local digital economy summit in Nigeria to exchange ideas with entrepreneurs.
Photo/Jack Ma with Nigerian Vice President Asim Bajo
The invitation was from Nigeria’s vice president, Osinbacho. He said in a subsequent meeting with Jack Ma that young Nigerians are very active in the digital economy, “and Ma’s visit makes him very proud.” Ma said that it will promote the inclusive development of the digital economy in Africa.
A few hours later, Ma flew to the West African country of Togo, accompanied by the President of Togo, to talk to dozens of entrepreneurs from French-speaking African countries.
Photo/Ma Yun’s Exchange with French-speaking African Entrepreneurs
Togo’s President Faure is ambitious and wants to develop the digital economy and train young entrepreneurs. In September last year, Mr Foley came to China to attend the China-Africa summit and made a special detour to Alibaba to ask Mr Ma to “take a swipe”. This time Ma went to Togo to communicate with local entrepreneurs, but also at the invitation of Foley.
On the afternoon of the 14th, Foley personally went to the airport to meet Ma, went straight to the Lome Palace to visit, more than 20 entrepreneurs from Togo and other French-speaking African countries have also been waiting for a long time.
Photo/Togolese President Faure invites Ma to visit the Lome Palace
“Seeing you is like seeing myself 20 years ago, ” Mr. Ma told young entrepreneurs at the scene. He used his experience to encourage young entrepreneurs, “I tried to go to Silicon Valley to raise money, and again and again, because no one believes that China’s Internet will develop, no one believes in China, because we don’t have credit cards, we don’t have logistics.” But that’s why we entrepreneurs have the opportunity. If there is anything in China, what do we do? “
Picture/Young Entrepreneurs from French-speaking African countries
In his view, unlike Europe, which is worried everywhere, Africa is full of hope because “Africa is not worried about anything but wants the future.” The government should make sure that young people who start businesses become heroes because they are heroes. “
The most frequently asked question in Nigeria and Togo is how Africa can learn from China. He shares four “e” proposals in Africa: first empowering and supporting entrepreneurs e-Entrepreneur; second, Internet infrastructure e-Infrastructure, which gives everyone access to the Internet, access to mobile phones, buy anywhere, pay anywhere, pay anywhere, send it anywhere. And again, e-government, which makes government transparent and efficient. The last most important thing is education e-Education.
After his meeting with President Faure, Ma left for Ghana, where the first 10 entrepreneurs selected by Ma’s African Youth Entrepreneurship Fund will be challenged by judges including Ma.