Alibaba to train one mil­lion ru­ral e-com­merce gu­rus

Asian Journal - - Asia -

Bei­jing: Alibaba reached an agree­ment with the China Com­mu­nist Youth League, a CPC re­serve force, to train one mil­lion teenagers to take e-com­merce to ru­ral ar­eas. The agree­ment, sealed in China’s Guizhou prov­ince, means Alibaba will help the ru­ral youth to jump­start on­line busi­nesses of­fer­ing train­ing, funds and part­ner­ships, Xin­hua re­ported. Alibaba’s in­ter­net fi­nance arm Ant Fi­nan­cial will ear­mark 1 bil­lion yuan ($154 mil­lion) to sup­port col­lege grad­u­ates who want to re­turn to their home­towns to start busi­nesses. E-com­merce is de­vel­op­ing quickly in ru­ral China with farm­ers sell­ing prod­ucts on­line. Ser­vice sta­tions have been set up in vil­lages to help those who lack the nec­es­sary skills to buy and sell on­line. Vil­lagers can or­der goods at the sta­tions and re­turn a few days later to col­lect their pack­ages. The num­ber of th­ese vil­lage hubs has risen from three in 2009 to 780, with plans in place to build an­other 100,000 vil­lage sta­tions and 1,000 county sta­tions by 2019 at a cost of around 10 bil­lion yuan. China’s on­line sales re­mained strong in 2015, jump­ing 33.3 per­cent to 3.88 tril­lion yuan.

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