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Alibaba Group and the Government of Thailand Enter into Strategic Partnership in Support of Thailand 4.0

Key initiatives include Smart Digital Hub in the EEC, training of digital talent and SMEs, smart tourism and Thai agricultural exports to China

BANGKOK, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, at a ceremony witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, His Excellency Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, China’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Thailand, Lyu Jian, and the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, the Government of Thailand and Alibaba entered into a strategic partnership to drive the development of Thailand’s digital economy and the Eastern Economic Corridor under the Thailand 4.0 policy. Under this partnership, agencies of the Thai government and business units of Alibaba will work closely together in a number of areas, including e-commerce, digital logistics, tourism and training.

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The partnership represents the strengthening of collaboration between Alibaba Group and the Thai Government following the signing of a Letter of Intent in 2016 — a move that kick-started a number of joint efforts to bolster the capacity of Thai entrepreneurs in gaining access to new markets and taking advantage of digital innovations.

“Confident in the promising outlook of the Thai economy, the Thailand 4.0 policy initiative, and the high potential of the EEC development, Alibaba has decided to invest in a Smart Digital Hub in the EEC area. The Smart Digital Hub will be an important platform to link Thai SME and OTOP (One Tambon One Product) products and agricultural products to, not only China but also global markets. The strategic cooperation with Alibaba will bring benefits to Thai SMEs and farmers as well as tourism industry, while pushing forward digital economic development in Thailand,” said Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak.

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“China is on its way to becoming the world’s largest consumer, driven by rising income and a growing middle class of 300 million. There is no better time than now for trade-oriented countries to seize this opportunity to export to China as the country continues to open its doors wider for global trade. Quality Thai agricultural products such as fragrant rice, durian and other tropical fruits in particular are sought after by the Chinese consumer,” said Jack Ma, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Alibaba Group. “Given Thailand’s unique strengths in people and culture, we are confident of its future and growth potential under the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy. We are committed to being a long term partner of Thailand to help enable its digital transformation.”

Among the numerous areas of cooperation announced today are:

Establishment of a Smart Digital Hub in the EEC to Support Cross-Border Trade with China and Other Markets

His Excellency Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak (Second from left), Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, and Jack Ma (Second from right), Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, were joined by Dr. Uttama Savanayana (First from left), Minister of Industry of Thailand, to witness the signing of a framework MOU by Angel Zhao (Third from right), President of Alibaba Global Business Group, and Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan (Third from left), Secretary General of Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand.

As part of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (“EEC”) initiative covering the three eastern provinces of Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong, Alibaba’s smart digital logistics business, Cainiao Network, will establish a Smart Digital Hub in the EEC. The Smart Digital Hub will utilize Alibaba and Cainiao’s world-class data and logistics technologies and processes to optimize the cross-border flow of goods not only between Thailand and China but also with other markets. Cainiao will also work closely with the EEC Office and Thai Customs to promote the digitization of customs processes through technology such as big data and artificial intelligence and sharing of global best practices. The Smart Digital Hub will be an open platform enabled to provide services to all players in Thailand’s digital economy.

Groundbreaking for the Smart Digital Hub is expected in 2018, and operations are expected to commence in 2019.

Equip SMEs with E-Commerce Skills

Alibaba Group is also set to continue its efforts to connect Thai SMEs to Alibaba’s 500 million active users in the Chinese e-commerce market as well as other global e-commerce opportunities through a partnership between the Thai Ministry of Industry’s Department of Industrial Promotion (“DIP”), the Thai Ministry of Commerce’s Department of International Trade Promotion (“DITP”) and Alibaba Business School — an accredited university founded by Alibaba Group and Hangzhou Normal University. Under this training collaboration, SMEs all across Thailand including SMEs in rural areas and individual entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to gain e-commerce knowledge and skills to start e-business and leverage the internet to develop their business online.

Training of Thai Digital Talent

Under the collaboration with DIP and DITP, Alibaba Group also plans to develop Thai talent for the digital economy era. Alibaba Business School will work together with both departments to develop and update effective strategies for talent development in Thailand, while also providing students and academics from Thailand with opportunities to take part in various academic exchanges and courses offered by Alibaba Business School in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba Business School resources and expertise will also be made available to the DIP and DITP for localization and further use in Thailand.

Establishment of an Official Thai Rice Flagship Store on Tmall

At today’s ceremony, Alibaba and the Thai Ministry of Commerce (“MOC”) launched the first official Thai rice flagship store on Tmall, the world’s largest third-party platform for brands and retailers. In addition, Alibaba also will help drive the sale of popular Thai fruits such as durian into China. Alibaba and the MOC will work together to drive the growth of Thai rice and agricultural product exports, as an area of strength in the Thai economy and strong global position. Alibaba will also assist Thai agriculture businesses to harness the power of Alibaba’s unique and unparalleled insights into the Chinese consumer market.

Sontirat Sontijirawong (Left), Minister of Commerce of Thailand, presented a gift basket with a Thai Monthong durian to Jack Ma (Right), Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, following the announcement of a partnership that will see Alibaba Group work with the Thai Government to drive the growth of Thai agricultural exports to China. This announcement coincides with a pre-sales activity of Thai Monthong durians on Alibaba's Tmall platform, which saw over 80,000 durians sold in the first minute of sales.

Cooperation in Smart and Digital Tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (“TAT”) and Alibaba’s online travel business and one of China’s leading online travel service providers, Fliggy, will also expand their cooperation to support smart and digital tourism in Thailand.

As an Official Strategic Partner of TAT, Fliggy will work with TAT to offer smart technological experiences at many facilities and tourist attractions across Thailand for the convenience of visitors — ranging from online tour guides to electronic ticketing systems. Both sides will join forces in shining the spotlight on Thailand’s best and brightest ‘hidden gem’ tourist attractions that are off the beaten track for Chinese visitors. In addition, both Fliggy and Ant Financial, Alibaba Group’s affiliate and operator of Alipay, are in active discussions with various related government agencies to drive a holistic digital transformation to Thai tourism starting from pre-departure visa and visa-on-arrival application and payment to post-travel digital service with tourist tax refund via Alipay system. The strong collaboration between Alibaba Group and Thai government is expected to help attract more Chinese travelers to Thailand and increase Thailand’s tourism income.

About Ministry of Industry, Royal Thai Government

The Ministry of Industry focuses its missions on the promotion of entrepreneurs’ strength and competitiveness in the global market. In addition, the ministry aims to improve and develop the industrial ecosystem to facilitate the transformation towards Industry 4.0 while promote environmentally friendly production in the industrial sector.

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

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Sovanna Fung

Alibaba Group

+852-9682-5581

sovannafung@alibaba-inc.com

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Kashmiris demanding right to self-determination from India

Srinagar, April 19, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the Kashmiris are not demanding secession of any legal part of India but their loud and clear demand is right to self-determination acknowledged by New Delhi.

Syed Ali Gilani said this while telephonically addressing a demonstration organized by the Kashmiri diaspora against the arrival of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit. He said that Kashmir had turned into a nuclear flashpoint and horrors of war would consume the region if the Kashmir dispute was not settled without further delay in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

The APHC Chairman said instead of coercive measures, the Indian leadership should initiate steps to resolve the Kashmir dispute for an end to the uncertainty prevailing in the region. He said, the Kashmiris will welcome every positive step by the Indian government that leads to final settlement of the Kashmir dispute. “We are in dire need of peace and hence welcome all steps leading to lasting solution and stability in strife-torn region,” he added.

Syed Ali Gilani said that innocent people were being brutally killed, properties razed to ground, people and leadership caged on fake allegations, youth tortured and disappeared in custody and rape was being used as a weapon of war in the occupied territory. He said people of Kashmir are peace-loving and Indian leaders can play a key role by respecting their aspirations, instead of adopting coercive measures. “They should shun fanatical politics because the need of the hour is to acknowledge the ground realities of the long-pending Kashmir dispute,” he maintained.

Syed Ali Gilani paid rich tributes to the Kashmiris for demonstrating exemplary valour and steadfastness in their freedom struggle despite all odds, saying, “Kashmiri people in their struggle against forced occupation are creating an unmatched history.” The APHC Chairman said that the Kashmir dispute had multiplied human tragedies and it was because of the dispute that millions of people were facing immense hardships and a state of uncertainty and instability was looming over the entire South Asian region.

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Mukhtar Waza, Qazi Yasir arrested in Islamabad town

Srinagar, April 19, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, and Ummat-e-Islami Chief, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, in Islamabad town. A JKML spokesman in a statement sai...

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Use of brute force on IOK students condemned

Srinagar, April 19, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the use of brute force by the Indian forces on the students who were protesting against the rape and murder of Kathua minor girl and termed it the worst kind of state terrorism.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the assault on students in Sopore, Islamabad, Pulwama, Bandipora and at many other places in Kashmir. He said that trigger-happy Indian forces and police only knew to kill and injure people on the orders of their political masters.

The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi in her statement in Srinagar sternly condemned the use of force on the students peacefully protesting across the Valley. “While protests over the brutal Kathua rape and murder are held across the world, but when we come out to protest, bullets and pellets are being showered upon us,” she added.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association in its statement in Srinagar denounced the use of force on the protesting students against the kidnapping, rape and gruesome murder of the eight-year-old girl, Aasifa. The Bar Association expressed concern over the situation and the manner in which pellet guns and toxic gases are used indiscriminately on the protesters.

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MDM expresses concern over Dr Qasim’s health in IOK jail

Srinagar, April 19, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) has expressed concern over the deteriorating health of its illegally detained Chairman, Dr Muhammad Qasim in Udhampur jail. The MDM spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Dr Qasim is suffering from several ailments and in absence of medical treatment his condition has deteriorated considerably. “Dr Qasim is being subjected to political vendetta,” he added.

He said that Dr Qasim was shifted from Srinagar central jail on the pretext of a medical check-up despite clear court orders that he should not be shifted from Srinagar central jail. He said, “In Udhampur jail, he has been denied any kind of medical treatment that has resulted in the worsening of his medical conditions. Relatives are not even being allowed to meet him.”

The spokesman said after 25 years in illegal detention, the way forward should have been to release him but the Indian government and its local stooges have shredded every word in the book of law in his case. He appealed to the world community and the human rights organisations to look into the case of Dr Qasim and put pressure on India for his immediate release.

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