The co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, is in Nigeria for the first Digital Economy Summit in Abuja. Jack Ma who is a special guest speaker at the event will lecture his audience on the theme “leveraging digital economy for trade and investment”. The two-day summit is organised by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment and it features discussions around the digital economy, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of a youthful populace.
We have to teach our kids the things machines can not do! We need to change our curriculum. – Jack Ma Get more insightful discussions from the Day 2 of #NigeriaDigitalEconomySummit #NDES2019 #DigitalEconomy pic.twitter.com/02DYbTNqIc
— #NDES – Nigeria Digital Economy Summit (@ndesummit) November 15, 2019
Earlier before the event, he met with Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja and according to a report by Channels Television, Jack Ma stated that he is ready to invest in Nigeria through his “Four Es” programme – E-infrastructure, Entrepreneurship, E-government, and Education.
For those who don’t know, Jack Ma is the richest entrepreneur in China for the second time in 2019. Between 2018 and 2019, he has grown his wealth from $34.6 billion to $38.2, despite stepping down as the Chairman of the renowned Alibaba Group.
Jack is also the second global tech founder and investor to visit Nigeria in one week after co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, toured the country.