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Alibaba Rolls Out New Edition of Netpreneur Training Program in Malaysia 

 Kuala Lumpur, June 13, 2022 – Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI), a professional training arm of Alibaba Group, will launch a new edition of its Alibaba Netpreneur Training program in Malaysia with support from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). The four-week program will include a series of online classes to support local entrepreneurs across different sectors in harnessing digital technology to grow their businesses within the local economy. 

Scheduled to run from July 12 to August 16, the latest edition of the Alibaba Netpreneur Training continues AGI’s efforts to equip entrepreneurs and business leaders with tangible and actionable steps they can take to advance in the digital economy. AGI has trained 317 entrepreneurs in Malaysia through this program since its launch in 2019. 

This year’s curriculum will offer a more dedicated focus on post-pandemic online commerce trends such as cross-border shopping and other digital economy developments, to align with businesses’ growing pivot towards e-commerce and their needs to navigate this changing landscape. 

“With companies taking to online channels to keep business running during the pandemic, digitalization is no longer a foreign concept to entrepreneurs. The next stage is how to turn digital advancements into our best advantage for the future. We hope this enhanced edition of our Alibaba Netpreneur Training will help entrepreneurs in Malaysia develop long-term, savvier digital strategies that will open up more e-commerce opportunities for them,” said Dan Liu, Senior Advisor at Alibaba Global Initiatives

“MDEC welcomes this initiative as it will be vital for businesses to further future-proof themselves as we move into the endemic phase. The rapid pace of digitalisation and digital access have enabled new opportunities such as cross-border trade and as Malaysia’s lead digital economy agency, we will continue to catalyse and spur the digital trade ecosystem via various intervention programmes through the Malaysia Digital initiative. Effective collaborations with global technology companies such as Alibaba will be key and we look forward to more in the future,” said Ts. Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of MDEC. 

“The digital economy is and will continue to play a pivotal role in helping Malaysian companies to bounce back after the global pandemic, especially in reaching out to global consumers. MATRADE, in line with the nation’s digital aspiration, is pleased to continue collaborating with the Alibaba Global Initiatives to promote the Netpreneur program for our exporters. MATRADE hopes that participating companies can take full advantage of what is offered in the curriculum to better prepare their companies strategically in embracing digital transformation including adoption of cross border e-commerce initiatives,” said Mr Abu Bakar Yusof, Deputy CEO (Exporters Development), MATRADE. 

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training program will be conducted online in English by certified Alibaba trainers and business leaders who have had experience leading their own digital businesses to success. Participants can look forward to deepening their knowledge and understanding of: 

  • The digital economy in China and the latest trends and practices shaping its development 
  • The journey of select traditional businesses that have successfully gone through digital transformation 
  • The evolution of Alibaba’s business, including the role of digital technology in supporting the growth of companies in its ecosystem 
  • Frameworks and approaches for building a successful and innovative business in today’s digital world 

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Southeast Asia market, AGI and Lazada will also incorporate a region-specific session into the program, providing participants with insights into opportunities available in the local digital commerce sector. 

Participants who complete the program will receive an e-certificate and will be eligible to join the AGI entrepreneur community. The community is enriched with a diverse mix of passionate and successful like-minded entrepreneurs, and provides unmatched opportunities to network, collaborate and learn. 

Outstanding participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a one-week offline immersion program at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China, subject to fulfilling the online course criteria. 

Applications for this program are open until early July. For more information on the enrollment criteria, the full program details and how to register, please visit: 

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training Program is Alibaba’s latest initiative in Malaysia to support businesses through digital talent development. Other efforts by Alibaba to help accelerate digital transformation and support individuals to succeed in the digital era include Alibaba LiveNOW Training Programme, a CSR initiative dedicated to the Malaysian community, as well as digital commerce training run by the Alibaba Global Digital Talent Network and a series of digital training and workshops in cloud-related technology and business run by Alibaba Cloud Innovation Center Kuala Lumpur. 

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About Alibaba Group 

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a good company that lasts at least 102 years.

About Alibaba Global Initiatives 

Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI) inspires and supports entrepreneurs, youth and women globally by sharing the positive impact of the digital economy in promoting inclusive development. Its programs encourage entrepreneurs to share and use digital economy tools to create a positive social impact and to collaborate with each other as well as the public sector to make a larger impact. To date, there are close to 1,600 digital entrepreneurs and business leaders from more than 40 countries and regions trained directly by AGI, who have subsequently shared their learnings with other members of their own communities. 

About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) 

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is the agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia leading the digital transformation of the economy for 25 years. We aim to enable a progressive, innovation-led digital economy. 

MDEC will continue to lead Malaysia towards becoming a globally competitive digital nation through the development and execution of the Malaysia Digital initiative, which aims to create substantial digital economic spill-over through equitable access to digital tools, knowledge, and income opportunities. 

Predicated on a new framework built upon three primary components – Agility, Flexibility, and Relevance – Malaysia Digital is set to enhance Malaysia’s value proposition to attract digital investments, firmly establishing Malaysia as the digital hub of ASEAN. 

#SayaDigital #MalaysiaDigital 

To find out more about MDEC’s Digital Economy initiatives, please visit us at 

About Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) 

The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) was established on March 1, 1993. It is Malaysia’s national trade promotion organisation and the external trade promotion arm of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). 

Our purpose 

  • • Facilitate access to foreign markets 
  • • Digitise exports through e-commerce initiatives 
  • • Provide market intelligence for exporters to remain competitive 
  • • Support national export plans 
  • • Build export readiness 
  • • Build linkages to connect local exporters to foreign buyers and markets 
  • • Provide specialised support to advance exports 
  • • Strengthen the brand of Malaysia 
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