Jack Ma, who is the founder of Alibaba Group and UNCTAD special adviser on youth entrepreneurship, will be in Nairobi on 19th July. It will be his first visit to Africa.

The purpose of his visit is to raise awareness about the sustainable development goals. Together with the UNCTAD secretary general, Dr.Mukhisa Kituyi, they will also meet up with young entrepreneurs to find ways in which youth and small businesses can participate in global trade.

Jack Ma’s three day (July 19-21st) visit to Africa will include a visit to Rwanda where he is a keynote speaker at Youth Connekt Summit. The summit is organised by government of Rwanda, UNCTAD and UNDP. Youth Connekt was launched as a result of a 2012 initiative by the Rwandan government to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth.