Alibaba’s Jack Ma to visit Nairobi in his first trip to Africa

The founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Jack Ma, is visiting Nairobi on a two-day trip to Kenya beginning Monday next week.

This will be the Jack Ma’s first visit to Africa according to an announcement from from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

The multi-billionaire tech-preneur of the internet-driven group, who is also UNCTAD special adviser on youth entrepreneurship and small business, will be also be enroute to a two-day YouthConnekt Africa Summit in to be held in Kigali, Rwanda

Ma  has been described by the UNCTAD secretary-general Mukhisa Kituyi as the richest man in Asia and 14th worldwide – as an influential and respected pioneer of the Internet era, innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“He brings to the continent a visionary approach to entrepreneurship, a thirst for learning, and a belief in a better world for young people,” Kituyi said in the statement. “Together we will reach out to communities that feel left behind in today’s global landscape with a message of hope and self-empowerment.”

Ina statement, Ma said he is passionate about creating a “generation of empowered youth and support long-term sustainable development”.

“I have spent my career working with entrepreneurs and know the positive social and economic impact when people are given the opportunity to participate in the global economy,” he said. “It is an honour for me to be in Africa, finally.”