Alibaba trains officials to help poverty relief

BY  | FROM Xinhua | 2018-01-16 14:10

  This targeted poverty alleviation class, attended by 46 officials, was held at "Taobao University," a learning platform based in the Hangzhou headquarters of Alibaba.

  Monday's class was a cooperation between the company and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.

  As of December, Alibaba had trained nearly 3,000 officials.

  "Many rural areas are short of skilled e-commerce personnel and officials with good knowledge of the business," said Qu Jiang, a rural e-commerce researcher at Zhejiang University.

  Government/enterprise cooperation on poverty reduction needs a long-term mechanism to achieve good results, he added.

  In December, Alibaba announced a fund dedicated to poverty eradication, committing 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) over the next five years.

  The fund will also focus on programs in education, entrepreneurship, empowering women and environmental protection.

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