IMF-WB - Jack Ma to offer advanced internet training to Indonesian youth

IMF-WB - Jack Ma to offer advanced internet training to Indonesian youth

Coordinating minister for economy Darmin Nasution, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, chairman of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Roesan Roslani, and communication and informatics minister Rudiantara give a press conference after holding a meeting in Nuda Dua, Bali, on Saturday (13/10). (Indra Arief Pribadi)

By Azizah Fitriyanti

Nusa Dua, Bali, (ANTARA) - Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba, the largest Chinese e-commerce enterprise, will enable thousands of Indonesian youths to apply for advanced internet training at his upcoming project, the Jack Ma Institute of Entrepreneur.

"We are going to give ample opportunities for young Indonesian people to learn. Specifically, we aim to offer 300 of (the opportunities) to developers and engineers to learn how to do cloud computing," Ma noted during a press conference after meeting with some Indonesian ministers on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Saturday, Oct 13.

The initiative was pledged by Ma in a bid to support the Indonesian government`s target to create 20 thousand digital talents, who are ready to work in the 4.0 revolution era.

The institute alone is expecting to train one thousand tech leaders in the next decade through the fellowship`s plan. Hence, Ma has underlined that Indonesian youngsters have ample opportunities to take a seat in the training fellowship.

Leadership mentoring activities for small business entrepreneurs has been a passion for Ma, moreover, after his announcement to step down as Alibaba`s CEO next year.

"However, we do not as yet have a specific plan. I think, say in the next three years, let us start to train the trainers, let us start to train some people, and then we know what needs to change, how to change it, what they need, what they do not need, what is the mistake, and thereafter, we can make a concrete proposal," he stated.

Ma also emphasized that he did not come to Indonesia to solely doing business, instead he was proposed to be an adviser of the Indonesian government on how to develop local entrepreneurs to hone their skills to enter the e-commerce market.

"I am coming here as an adviser to fulfill my job, and the only thing that I want to do is to rather be a good adviser, good or bad, depends on the development of Indonesia`s e-commerce and when the internet infrastructure is improved," he noted.

During his meeting with Indonesian stakeholders, Ma also confirmed his invitation for Indonesia to submit its five high-quality products to participate in China`s largest e-commerce sale festival "11/11" in November this year.