Thirty Rwandan entrepreneurs flew to Hangzhou in China to orient themselves with how global giant Alibaba runs its operations successfully in the complex digital sector.
Alibaba also runs a business school at the company’s global headquarters in Hanghzou. This is where the entrepreneurs were hosted.
For the Rwanda class, the class includes players in the e-commerce, fintech, tourism and logistics sectors, both online and off.
According to Alibaba, this inaugural class of the Alibaba Netpreneur Training program, a 10-day course provides in-depth and country-specific training for entrepreneurs, especially those looking to digitize their operations.
Rwanda’s Irembo is part of this team which said, they are currently in China to “learn from Alibaba’s experience and the tools needed to run successful business in the digital era.”
Alibaba Group Vice President Brian A. Wong, who heads the Global Initiatives program, said; “We want to empower these entrepreneurs to solve the unique challenges facing their local economy.”
He said that participants can easily put into practice the skills and knowledge they learned from this program and become role models for other entrepreneurs back home.
For Rwanda, that meant inviting entrepreneurs across industries so that all parts of the economy were included, from mobile payment operators to shoemakers.
The result, Wong hopes, will be a training program that accelerates the adoption of new technologies and, ultimately, a more digital Rwandan economy.