Jack Ma, the Alibaba Group founder and UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) special advisor, is set to speak at an event on the digital economy Wednesday (8 August) in Johannesburg.

The event — titled Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions — is jointly organised by Alibaba Business School, Unctad and the Jack Ma Foundation. It will be held at the Linder Auditorium. Those looking to attend the event can register here.

At the even Ma, who advises Unctad on youth entrepreneurship and small businesses, is expected to announce the launch of the Jack Ma Africa Netrepreneur Prize which aims to support exemplary young internet leaders.

Topics to be covered at the event include: challenges young entrepreneurs are facing developing new businesses, the role of the public sector in providing a conducive environment for innovation, access to capital and how the youth can be enabled to power the new economy.

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