Alibaba Reaffirms Commitment to Support Malaysia as Regional Trade

As the global battle against Covid-19 continues, Alibaba Group, has reaffirmed its commitment to expand its logistics operations to Covid-19 relief aid, and strengthen Malaysia as a leading trade and transshipment hub in the region. It has also announced the eWTP hub in KLIA as one of three international transshipment hubs across the world for the distribution of medical supplies, with the other two located in Belgium and Ethiopia.

The global network of eWTP hubs plays an essential role in the efficient distribution of the donated medical supplies worldwide. In this regard, the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation (The Foundations) have been playing active roles, globally.

The Foundations recently announced a donation of more than 100 million face masks and 1 million test kits to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Alibaba will work closely with the WHO to leverage the eWTP Hubs at KLIA in Malaysia; at Liege in Belgium; and in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia; as well as UN facilities in other regions to efficiently distribute these needed medical supplies. In this process, Malaysia’s eWTP Hub will play a key role in the distribution of goods to the Asia-Pacific region.

Eric Jing, Alibaba Group Director and Executive Chairman of Ant Financial Services Group, said “At this challenging time, cooperation and technology are critical to our collective efforts to ensure health for all and to support economic recovery. We are grateful for our strong partnership with Malaysia and for the important role played by the regional eWTP Hub in distributing medical supplies and supporting cross-border trade.”

Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia said, “The establishment of the DFTZ in partnership with Alibaba to set up Alibaba’s first international eWTP Hub in Malyasa in 2017 has continued to play an important trade facilitation role especially in times of uncertainties and border closures brought about by events such as the Covid-19 outbreak.”

“The effort of global digital companies such as Alibaba to drive forward looking trade initiatives to support the Government’s measures to mitigate Covid-19 and to support the socio-economic recovery must be applauded,” he added.

DFTZ supporting e-commerce ambitions

Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) said beside establishing Malaysia as the transshipment hub, the Digital Free Zone (DFTZ) also aims to support Malaysia’s ecommerce aspiration as articulated in the country’s National E-commerce Strategic Roadmap, launched in 2016.

“In this Roadmap, the contribution of e-commerce to Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is targeted to be further increased by facilitating the digital transformation of SMEs, especially to adopt e-commerce, as well as by expanding exports through market access and promote national brand to boost cross border e-commerce.

Leo Chow, CEO of Lazada Malaysia, also emphasised that local SMEs are essential to the nation’s economic growth and recovery, noting that “We are doing our utmost to support Malaysian SMEs and consumers at this challenging time, and will continue to do our part to assist with economic recovery of Malaysia.”

That started on March 26, when The Foundations made a donation of 560,000 essential medical items to Malaysia, including face masks, test kits full-body protective suits and face shields that were delivered to National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) via the eWTP Hub at KLIA.

That same month, Alibaba’s eWTP hub at KLIA also served as a transshipment hub for a portion of medical supplies donated by the Foundations to Indonesia. The Foundations are now arranging a second round of donations to Asian countries including Malaysia. In this round of donations, Alibaba is planning to use the eWTP hub at KLIA to receive the donations for Malaysia, and to serve as a temporary storage and transshipment hub for a number of other countries in the region.

The Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has massively disrupted trade activities throughout the world, including the flow of relief aid and essential supplies. I want to thank the Foundations for their continued generous donations to Malaysia in these challenging times and welcome Alibaba’s initiative to expand their relief aid logistics operation here to benefit the region. In addition, I am encouraged that Alibaba has committed to increase its support to help grow the businesses and capabilities of our SMEs through targeted export and e-commerce activities.”

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