Cameron appoints Ma to advisory board
British Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba GroupHolding Ltd, a member of his business advisory board.
Cameron announced the appointment on the eve of President Xi Jinping’s four-day state visit to the UK.
Ma, whose e-commerce group raised $21.8 billion in the largest initial public offering in the United States last September, is the first Chinese entrepreneur to join Cameron’s 19-member business advisory board. According to Cameron’s spokeswoman, Ma will “provide particular help and advice on how to get small- and medium-sized British businesses boosting their exports and in particular accessing Chinese markets through platforms like Alibaba.”
“Cameron’s decision to appoint Ma as an adviser illustrates just how serious the British government is about accelerating UK exports to China in the coming years,” Mark Hedley, e-commerce expert at ChinaBritain Business Council, told China Daily.
Dancers from the Bandaloop dance troupe of the United States perform sky ballet near a skyscraper in east China’s Shanghai Municipality on Oct 14. The performance is part of the warm-up for the 17th Shanghai International Arts Festival, which will run from Oct 16 to Nov 16.