Alibaba Cloud has opened a local Internet data center in Malaysia to provide Malaysian enterprises a local choice to build their businesses and run their applications on Alibaba’s global cloud platform.
The opening of its cloud data center in Malaysia is part of Alibaba’s bigger expansion plans in this country, which also includes the opening of a local office in Malaysia and the company’s first eWTP hub outside of China. Serving as a ‘one-stop solution center’ for local businesses, the Alibaba country office in Kuala Lumpur at The Vertical Bangsar South is designed to engage with existing local partners, help Malaysian businesses identify global cross-border trade opportunities, as well as to support the country’s technology innovation through cloud computing services.
The Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiative’s goal is to build a more inclusive and innovative global trading platform for SMEs, young people and consumers. The eWTP was proposed by Jack Ma in 2016 and was accepted as a major policy recommendation of the Business 20 (B20) and officially included in the 2016 G20 Leaders’ Communique.
“Alibaba’s focus is on three areas when we partner with Malaysia as well as other countries – to digitize our local partners and empower small businesses and young people to go global,” said Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma at the Alibaba office opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. “Over the past 30 years, only large corporations have benefited from globalization. Imagine if we can support 60 million small business around the world; this is Alibaba’s vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy.”
In November last year, Alibaba launched its first international eHub in Malaysia under the eWTP initiative, with an emphasis on facilitating exports for Malaysian SMEs and creating the infrastructure to support global trade with services encompassing e-commerce, logistics, cloud computing, mobile payment and talent training.
Since then, various initiatives have been undertaken by Alibaba Group in Malaysia in order to build inclusive and innovative global trading technology infrastructure for local SMEs, including the establishment of Alibaba’s first regional e-fulfillment hub in the KLIA Aeropolis DFTZ Park.
“Working closely with the Malaysian government, we will support and empower as many small businesses and young people as possible to use technology to become local kings and benefit from globalization,” added Mr. Ma. “This is the beginning of our story in Malaysia and I think Alibaba’s story will be long and we will make this story together.”