Alibaba's Jack Ma Named Special Adviser of UN Conference on Trade and Development

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The Chinese mogul will "champion initiatives to make it easier for young entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly in developing countries, to participate in global trade."

Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has been named special adviser of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and will focus on issues of youth entrepreneurship and small business.

In the role, Ma will "champion initiatives to make it easier for young entrepreneurs and small businesses, particularly in developing countries, to participate in global trade, as well as raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," the organization said.

UNCTAD assists governments in developing countries to promote enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises businesses, and young entrepreneurs, so that they are able to compete in the global economy.

"I have spent my career working with entrepreneurs and know the positive social and economic impact when people are given the opportunity to participate in the global economy," said Ma.

"Mr. Ma is an influential and respected pioneer of the internet era, innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist," said UNCTAD secretary general Mukhisa Kituyi. "He brings a visionary approach to entrepreneurship, a thirst for learning, and a belief in a better world that make him a perfect match for UNCTAD. Together we will be able to reach out to communities that feel left behind in today's global landscape with a message of hope and self-empowerment."

Ma is also a United Nations advocate for sustainable development goals.

 

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