SINGAPORE (Xinhua) – Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, launched the China Gateway programme yesterday at the Alibaba Cloud APAC Summit with eight local partners.
“The programme leverages the accumulated technological knowledge and experience of Alibaba Cloud to help local businesses capture and capitalise on growth opportunities in Asia and China,” said a press release from Alibaba Cloud.
It added that through the local partners in Singapore, including the Info-communications Media Development Authority, Enterprise Singapore, DBS SME Banking and Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and around the Asia-Pacific region, Alibaba Cloud will provide firms of all sizes with an in-depth immersion programme on doing business in China, connecting them to Chinese companies and consumers via the Alibaba ecosystem.
Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said at the summit that Alibaba Group had been a strong partner in Singapore’s digital transformation journey, and beyond digital transformation, Alibaba Cloud’s China Gateway programme could also be a valuable channel for Singaporean small- and medium-sized enterprises to access China as they think about internationalisation. “With the support of our partners here, we are confident of supporting local businesses of all sizes and from all backgrounds to grow beyond Singapore, especially into China’s market”, said President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International Yuan Qian at the summit.
She told Xinhua that the China Gateway programme is a global programme launched in Singapore, and Alibaba’s partners in China will also join in the programme and help overseas enterprises enter the Chinese market.
She said Alibaba Cloud would like to share its cloud-related technologies and business practice experiences with the partners, and contribute more to the digital transformation in the Asia-Pacific region.
Also at the summit, Alibaba Cloud unveiled more than 10 new products and features that are available for the first time outside of China and can now be accessed by customers worldwide, including the PolarDB relational database, the Alibaba Log Service and the SaaS Accelerator.
Meanwhile, it launched an upgraded service support campaign designed for SMEs that enables SME customers to benefit from greater access to resources and support from Alibaba Cloud.