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Alibaba Conducts Workshop for Rwandan Government Officials on Enabling a Digital Economy

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– 12 delegates from the government of Rwanda participated in four-day workshop at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China to learn about FinTech, logistics, eCommerce and big data technologies

This week, delegates from the government of Rwanda completed the first New Economy Workshop held at Alibaba Group‘s headquarters in Hangzhou. During the four-day workshop, twelve government leaders met with Alibaba executives across multiple businesses to learn about the transformative impact and promise of a new digital economy as well as how to drive economic growth by accelerating digital finance, logistics, e-commerce and big data industries.

The New Economy Workshop program aims to empower participants to use their knowledge to continue supporting the development of Rwanda’s digital economy. Participants included the CEO of Rwanda’s National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), the Rwandan Ambassador to China and representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), Higher Education Council (HEC), Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA), Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Energy Group (REG), and the Ministry of ICT & Innovation (MINICT).

The workshop follows the launch of the first African eWTP (electronic world trade platform) hub in Rwanda witnessed by President Kagame and Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma last October. Under the eWTP agreement, the government of Rwanda and Alibaba committed to work together to strengthen the country’s economic development by promoting policy innovation and providing capacity building to empower the growth of Rwanda’s digital economy.

“At Alibaba we have seen first-hand the transformative impact digital technology can have in building an inclusive society. This New Economy Workshop is meant to not only provide capacity building to Rwanda’s policy makers, but also to inspire them to become advocates for Rwanda’s digital transformation and for the country’s technology entrepreneurs,” said Angel Zhao, President of Alibaba’s Globalization Leadership Group.

“The Alibaba ecosystem has enabled millions of people to participate in the global economy and improve their standard of living through the use of technology,” said George William Kayonga, Chief Executive Officer, National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). “I see great opportunity for Rwanda to similarly build a digital economy allowing us to move rapidly up the learning curve using the Alibaba experience as our guide.”

This week’s New Economy training is the latest example of Alibaba’s ongoing commitment to support Rwanda’seconomic development:

  • In October 2018, the first African eWTP (electronic world trade platform) hub was launched in Rwanda. Through this partnership, Rwanda and Alibaba work together to enable cross-border trade of Rwandan products to Chinese consumers and facilitate China outbound tourism to Rwanda.
  • In August 2018, fifty lecturers from Rwanda’s top universities attended the first Global E-commerce Talent (GET) Program organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Council and the Rwandan Development Board. GET is a five-day course to boost the competencies of Rwandan university teachers and deepen their understanding of the e-commerce industry, so they can train future entrepreneurs.
  • In partnership with UNCTAD, Alibaba Business School is training 1,000 entrepreneurs from emerging markets over five years. Two hundred of those entrepreneurs will come from Africa. Five Rwandan entrepreneurs have already graduated from the eFounders Fellowship program.
  • As part of eWTP collaboration, Alibaba Business School will host the first Alibaba Netpreneur Training program from March 2-13, 2019 for approximately 40 entrepreneurs contributing to digital transformation, who are currently operating in the Rwandan market, or are in the process of expanding to the Rwandan market. For those interested in participating, visit this page for more information and to apply now. Applications are open until January 20, 2019.

 

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The Canary Islands Create a Video to Replace Blue Monday With True Monday

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The international #TrueMonday campaign is being launched from the Canary Islands to advertise this initiative

For years the Canary Islands has been battling Blue Monday, a fake news story that claims that this is the saddest day of the year. As part of its effort to get back and stand up for good vibes, the Canary Islands want to turn this non-existent event into a day to combat fake news.

The goal is to kill off Blue Monday once and for all and turn it into True Monday. To do so, the Canary Islands have created an informative video with messages as blunt as “Don’t let any comments, any news, any made-up formula manipulate your feelings. It’s time for us all to start improving the climate”.

In addition, in coming months, officials in the Canary Islands will work to turn the third Monday in January into the International Day Against Fake News, a day to combat all the lies and untruths that sow tension, discord and bad vibes.

The stopbluemonday.com website describes this commitment through a manifesto and includes tips for identifying fake news, measures for getting back the good vibes and a quiz so users can check their knowledge.

Goodbye Blue Monday, hello True Monday

In 2005, using a completely made-up formula, Professor Cliff Arnall, from Cardiff University (United Kingdom), declared that the third Monday in January was the year’s saddest day. This initiative was part of an advertising campaign for a travel agency.

Even though its credibility was called into question from day one, to the point that even Cardiff University called it “a farce”, the media, including social media, continued to spread the news year after year.

The Canary Islands managed to get none other than Professor Arnall himself to publicly disavow his Blue Monday creation and join the #StopBlueMonday movement. “It’s time to finally stop letting made-up comments, news or formulas manipulate our feelings and for everyone to start improving the climate”, said the professor.

In short, the goal of the initiative is to remove the day devoted to sadness from the calendar once and for all and, in its place, to raise society’s awareness of the fight against the type of fake news that created it.

 

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Education leaders to celebrate school choice, diversity and culture in Brooklyn community

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To celebrate the school choice, diversity, and culture in the Brooklyn community, education leaders are going to join together. The event will include speakers and presenters, as well as workshops for the children, including African drumming and an International Children’s Film Festival. The event will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states.

“School is more than a place where you go to learn academics. Our school is a community that honors the special talents of each individual – one where we learn to work together to form a global perspective surrounded by values of social justice, service, and faith. Because our families are able to choose to participate in a values-based education here at the academy, we are able to nurture the growth of active, global citizens who are prepared to enter college, career, and beyond with intellectual vigor and a strong moral compass,” said Manuela Adsuar-Pizzi, principal of St. Francis Xavier – Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy.

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Green sustainable development is the key for shared globalisation

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Green Sustainable Development Conference was successfully held in Beijing earlier this month, which was co-hosted by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC), with the Nordic Council of Ministers as the partner. The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Development and Global Cooperation on Green Urbanization”. Organisations and enterprises in relevant fields from United Nations, Nordic Council of Ministers, China and Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland conducted a wide and deep discussion.

Mr. Sishe Hu, Vice President of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries delivered an opening speech on behalf of the organisers. He pointed out that under the current economic, social development situation and the background of the new scientific and technological revolution, the green sustainable development is the golden key to open a new round of shared globalisation.

Laurent Fabius, Chairman of the French Constitutional Council, former Prime Minister said that the global eco-environment is facing “red alerts” and threats in various fields, and we must tackle the challenges with cooperation.

Mr. Svein Berg, Managing Director of Nordic Innovation, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. His speech addressed the topics on the current cooperation between China and Nordic countries, Nordic solutions to global challenges and the future cooperation potentials between China and Nordic countries. He pointed out that technology, innovation and trade are important driving forces for the development of Nordic countries in the 21st century, driving the rapid growth of the economy and cultivating many world-class Nordic enterprises in various fields. Nordic experience in dealing with global challenges can facilitate further and deeper cooperation with China in the future.

Mr. Xinli Zheng, Executive Vice-President of China Urban-townization Promotion Council, Former Vice Director of the Policy Research Office of the CCCPC, delivered a speech on promoting international cooperation in the field of green sustainable development. He pointed out that China’s urbanisation will be the largest, fastest and most far-reaching urbanisation in the world, forming a huge market.

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