Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba arrives at the 2018 African Ranger Awards. Photo: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

JOHANNESBURG - Chinese multinational conglomerate Alibaba said on Tuesday its business school in Rwanda had launched its Global E-commerce Talent (GET) programme for university teachers, the first time this has been offered in Africa.

The GET program is part of the commitment that Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma made on his first trip to Africa last year to support education and e-commerce on the continent.

"GET aims to deepen the understanding of the e-commerce industry among Rwandan university teachers, so that they in turn, can train individuals to compete in the digital economy," Alibaba said, adding that fifty lecturers from nine of the country’s top universities attended the weeklong program.

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GET’s introduction in Rwanda follows the launch of the Jack Ma Foundation’s “Netpreneur” prize for African entrepreneurs working to address the continent's most pressing challenges, as well as Alibaba Business School’s eFounders Fellowship that will train 200 African entrepreneurs to become catalysts for digital transformation.

To date, 52 African entrepreneurs from 14 African countries have participated in the Fellowship.

- African News Agency (ANA)