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empowered african young entrepreneurs and small business - a game changer

Geneva, Switzerland, (12 July 2017) -

​UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi will co-host UNCTAD Special Advisor for youth entrepreneurship and small businesses, Jack Ma, when he lands in Africa for the first time later this month on a mission to share entrepreneurial insights with African youth and small businesses.

Mr. Ma, who is Special Adviser to UNCTAD for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and also serves as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, will visit Kenya and Rwanda from July 19 to 21. Mr. Ma is also the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group.
UNCTAD will work with Mr. Ma to explore opportunities with local businesses to participate in global trade, raise awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and attend the Youth Connekt Africa Summit where UNCTAD is partnering with the Government of Rwanda to champion youth technology entrepreneurship. The event will bring together more than 1,500 participants from government, entrepreneurial and investor communities, multinationals, and startups shaping the African technological ecosystem.
WHEN: UNCTAD and Jack Ma will visit the region from 19 to 21 July 2017
20 July – Nairobi, Kenya
Venue:   University of Nairobi, University Way, Nairobi.
16.00 – 17.15  Dr. Kituyi and Jack Ma in conversation 500 young business-leaders.
17:15 – 17:35  Press stakeout with Dr. Kituyi and Mr. Ma.
21 July – Kigali, Rwanda
Venue:    Kigali Convention Center, Highway KN5
14.00 -14.45:   Youth Spotlight with Jack Ma
15.00 - 16.30   Plenary session with Heads of State, Dr. Kituyi and Mr. Ma.
16.30 - 17.00   Press stakeout with Dr. Kituyi and Mr. Ma.
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More information on Youth Connekt Africa can be found here.
For further information or to request or schedule interviews with UNCTAD experts, please do not hesitate to contact the UNCTAD Press Office (41 22 917 5625/1646 unctadpress@unctad.org )



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