The grand tour of Alibaba's HQ

It will be the first global pub­lic cloud plat­form in Malaysia

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ALIBABA Cloud, the cloud com­put­ing arm of Alibaba Group, will es­tab­lish a data cen­tre in Malaysia to pro­vide en­ter­prises in the coun­try and re­gion with pow­er­ful, scal­able and cost-ef­fec­tive cloud ca­pa­bil­i­ties to sup­port their global ex­pan­sion.

The planned data cen­tre will be­come the first global pub­lic cloud plat­form in the coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, in a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day, said this was a con­tin­u­a­tion of Malaysia’s part­ner­ship with Alibaba.

Alibaba Cloud, in a state­ment, said it would take part in Malaysia Mul­ti­me­dia Su­per Cor­ri­dor ini­tia­tives and a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme for lo­cal tech tal­ents to help lo­cal SMEs (smal­land medium-sized en­ter­prises) suc­ceed in the dig­i­tal age through tech­nol­ogy, such as big data and In­ter­net of Things.

The com­pany re­ceived the MSC Sta­tus cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion Sdn Bhd (MDEC) yes­ter­day.

The plan was un­veiled in con­junc­tion with the sign­ing of a three-way mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) in Hangzhou yes­ter­day wit­nessed by Na­jib be­tween MDEC, Hangzhou Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment and Alibaba (China) Com­pany Ltd.

The MoU rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in re­al­is­ing the vi­sion of the Elec­tronic World Trade Plat­form (eWTP), as it rep­re­sents the first con­nec­tion be­tween a China e-hub and an in­ter­na­tional e-hub in Malaysia.

The three sig­na­to­ries agreed to work to­gether to ex­plore po­ten­tial strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tions from the con­nec­tions of the e-hubs in the two coun­tries to the eWTP, the China (Hangzhou) Com­pre­hen­sive e-Com­merce Pi­lot Zone and the Dig­i­tal Free Trade Zone (DFTZ).

The MoU sign­ing — by MDEC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Yas­min Mah­mood, Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang and Hangzhou Mayor Xu Liyi — was also wit­nessed by Party Sec­re­tary of Zhe­jiang Prov­ince Che Jun and Alibaba Group ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Jack Ma.

The MoU will bring the coun­try’s DFTZ to the next level, said Na­jib.

The DFTZ, launched by Na­jib and Ma in March, will pro­vide phys­i­cal and vir­tual zones to en­able small- and medium-sized en­ter­prises to cap­i­talise on the ex­po­nen­tial growth of the In­ter­net econ­omy and cross bor­der e-com­merce ac­tiv­i­ties.

Na­jib also an­nounced the launch of DFTZ’s re­gional e-Ful­fill­ment Hub near the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Oc­to­ber, adding that he had in­vited Ma for the event.

He said Ma praised the Malaysian gov­ern­ment as be­ing “su­per ef­fi­cient”.

“He said he got my agree­ment for DFTZ in 10 min­utes and that I com­mit­ted as well to make it a re­al­ity within three months.

“This is some­one’s as­sess­ment of the Malaysian gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to be very re­spon­sive and busi­ness friendly,” he said, adding that the sky was the limit for the DFTZ.

“Once the part­ner­ship gets go­ing, the po­ten­tial is enor­mous.”

Na­jib said MDEC would se­lect 1,500 com­pa­nies to take part in the man­age­ment of Alibaba plat­forms in Malaysia so that they could in­crease their mar­ket pen­e­tra­tion in China.

“I hope this will give an im­pe­tus to SMEs in Malaysia to fur­ther de­velop their busi­ness. The rate of ex­port among Malaysian com­pa­nies is at an en­cour­ag­ing level.”

Na­jib said he also dis­cussed with Ma how Alibaba could play a role in at­tract­ing more tourists from China to Malaysia.

“We had 2.1 mil­lion Chi­nese tourists last year and are tar­get­ing 3 mil­lion this year.”

Si­mon Hu, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of Alibaba Group and pres­i­dent of Alibaba Cloud, in a state­ment, said the planned new data cen­tre in Malaysia later this year would add to the com­pany’s 14 data cen­tres world­wide, cov­er­ing main­land China, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, the Mid­dle East, Europe, and the US (East and West Coast).

“It will em­power lo­cal en­trepreneurs of var­i­ous in­dus­tries and scales to mi­grate their IT in­fra­struc­ture to a pow­er­ful, reli­able and se­cure plat­form.

“Alibaba Cloud is help­ing to re­alise the eWTP vi­sion by es­tab­lish­ing cloud in­fra­struc­ture to fa­cil­i­tate seam­less cross-bor­der on­line busi­nesses for Malaysian en­ter­prises.

“We look for­ward to lay­ing the dig­i­tal foun­da­tion for Malaysia in the new global econ­omy, equip­ping the coun­try with fu­ture-proof on­line mar­ket­places, as well as pay­ment, lo­gis­tics, cloud com­put­ing and big data ser­vices that work seam­lessly in the ecosys­tem.”

PIC FROM PM’S FACE­BOOK

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Alibaba Group ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Jack Ma (sec­ond from right) wit­ness­ing the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, yes­ter­day.

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