Mr. Jack Ma, The Founder of Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Group and other high-profile Chinese personalities have paid a courtesy call to the President, Nana Akuffo Adoo.
Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon as well as popular Chinese actor Jet Li are other high-profile personalities who called on the President.
This visit carries the underpinnings of deepening Chinese footprint in the Ghanaian economy and industry. The trio who paid separate courtesy calls on the President are part of Africa Netpreuership Summit to be held in Accra on Saturday.
Meanwhile, some Ghanaians in reaction to the arrival of the Chinese actor together with the business tycoon, and others have taken to their various social media pages to express their thoughts.
Jack Ma in Ghana is not the first time the President has made any such contact with Jack Ma. In September last year when the President visited China, he met Jack Ma and urged him to consider setting up the Alibaba African Headquarters in Ghana.
This was to push the Alibaba agenda to help nurture technological savvy talents in the sub-region hence the decision to ask him to set up the company’s Africa headquarters in Ghana.
The company provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals, as well as electronic payment services. Founded in 1999, the company has grown to be the largest online retailer in the world.
The e-commerce giant Alibaba on Monday, 11 November 2019, said sales for its annual Singles’ Day shopping blitz hit a record level of US$22.63 billion in its first nine hours, up 25% from 126.72 billion yuan at the same point last year.