SEPANG – The founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma said he is amazed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership, vision and determination, especially in realising the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ).
He said the Malaysian government had put in a lot of effort in making a business-friendly environment by taking away all the barriers within a short time so as to to benefit the e-commerce sector.
“I just want to say thank you and congratulations to Prime Minister, all ministers and all the people for working so hard to make this magical thing happen.
“I want to say I am really astonishingly surprised by Malaysia’s vision and speed. Almost a year ago today, the prime minister and I met in China, within five minutes we agreed on the DFTZ and today it has happened in Malaysia,” he said in his speech after the launching of the first phase of the DFTZ here today.
Ma said many countries were only talking about how to do something for small businesses ,but Malaysia and its government were the ones that made it happen.
Earlier, Najib and Ma brought to life Malaysia’s DFTZ with 1,972 export-ready small and medium enterprises coming on board.
Malaysia’s DFTZ, the first outside of China, was launched on March 22, 2017 by Najib, together with Ma.
The trade zone, among others provides physical and virtual zones to facilitate SMEs to capitalise on the convergence of exponential growth of the Internet economy and cross-border e-commerce activities.