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Alibaba Rolls Out New Edition of Netpreneur Training Program in Malaysia

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Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI), a professional training arm of Alibaba Group, will launch a new edition of its Alibaba Netpreneur Training program in Malaysia with support from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

The four-week program will include a series of online classes to support local entrepreneurs across different sectors in harnessing digital technology to grow their businesses within the local economy.

Scheduled to run from July 12 to August 16, the latest edition of the Alibaba Netpreneur Training continues AGI’s efforts to equip entrepreneurs and business leaders with tangible and actionable steps they can take to advance in the digital economy. AGI has trained 317 entrepreneurs in Malaysia through this program since its launch in 2019.

This year’s curriculum will offer a more dedicated focus on post-pandemic online commerce trends such as cross-border shopping and other digital economy developments, to align with businesses’ growing pivot towards e-commerce and their needs to navigate this changing landscape.

“With companies taking to online channels to keep business running during the pandemic, digitalization is no longer a foreign concept to entrepreneurs. The next stage is how to turn digital advancements into our best advantage for the future,” said Senior Advisor at Alibaba Global Initiatives, Dan Liu.

“We hope this enhanced edition of our Alibaba Netpreneur Training will help entrepreneurs in Malaysia develop long-term, savvier digital strategies that will open up more e-commerce opportunities for them,” he added.

The CEO of MDEC, Ts. Mahadhir Aziz mentioned that MDEC welcomes this initiative as it will be vital for businesses to further future-proof themselves as we move into the endemic phase.

“The rapid pace of digitalisation and digital access have enabled new opportunities such as cross-border trade and as Malaysia’s lead digital economy agency, we will continue to catalyse and spur the digital trade ecosystem via various intervention programmes through the Malaysia Digital initiative. Effective collaborations with global technology companies such as Alibaba will be key and we look forward to more in the future,” he explained.

The Deputy CEO (Exporters Development), MATRADE Mr Abu Bakar Yusof said that the digital economy is and will continue to play a pivotal role in helping Malaysian companies to bounce back after the global pandemic, especially in reaching out to global consumers.

“MATRADE hopes that participating companies can take full advantage of what is offered in the curriculum to better prepare their companies strategically in embracing digital transformation including adoption of cross border e-commerce initiatives,” he stated.

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training program will be conducted online in English by certified Alibaba trainers and business leaders who have had experience leading their own digital businesses to success. Participants can look forward to deepening their knowledge and understanding of:

  • The digital economy in China and the latest trends and practices shaping its development
  • The journey of select traditional businesses that have successfully gone through digital transformation
  • The evolution of Alibaba’s business, including the role of digital technology in supporting the growth of companies in its ecosystem
  • Frameworks and approaches for building a successful and innovative business in today’s digital world

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Southeast Asia market, AGI and Lazada will also incorporate a region-specific session into the program, providing participants with insights into opportunities available in the local digital commerce sector.

Participants who complete the program will receive an e-certificate and will be eligible to join the AGI entrepreneur community. The community is enriched with a diverse mix of passionate and successful like-minded entrepreneurs, and provides unmatched opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn.

Outstanding participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a one-week offline immersion program at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China, subject to fulfilling the online course criteria.

Applications for this program are open until early July. For more information on the enrolment criteria, the full program details and how to register, please visit: https://agi.alibaba.com/my_alibaba_netpreneur_training

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training Program is Alibaba’s latest initiative in Malaysia to support businesses through digital talent development.

Other efforts by Alibaba to help accelerate digital transformation and support individuals to succeed in the digital era include Alibaba LiveNOW Training Programme, a CSR initiative dedicated to the Malaysian community, as well as digital commerce training run by the Alibaba Global Digital Talent Network and a series of digital training and workshops in cloud-related technology and business run by Alibaba Cloud Innovation Center Kuala Lumpur.

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