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Australia’s AustCham Shanghai joins new partners in Alibaba Cloud China gateway program Featured

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Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Chinese tech behemoth Alibaba Group, has strengthened its global China Gateway Program with the addition of nine partners from public and private sectors, including AustCham Shanghai - the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The China Gateway Program, which was launched in Australia in March 2019, aims to help Australian companies of all sizes enter the Chinese market and grow their online and offline presence in the country.

Its expansion was marked by a signing ceremony between Alibaba Cloud and partners from around the world, including AustCham Shanghai - the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai – during the company’s Shanghai Cloud Summit.

Alibaba says that, in addition to AustCham Shanghai, the latest additions to the program include a mix of government and trade bodies such as the British Consulate-General in Shanghai, Business Sweden, Berlin Business Liaison Desk China - and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, alongside notable private sector corporations such as Deloitte, Fujitsu, Hitachi and the pan-Asian Asia Digital Alliance organisation.

“As the leading cloud provider in China, Alibaba Cloud knows what it takes to be successful in the region. From retail to manufacturing, fintech to hospitality, and digital media to e-commerce, not only do we offer technology solutions with world-class reliability and scalability in China, but also access to the hundreds of millions of active users through Alibaba’s ecosystem every day,” says Raymond Ma, General Manager of Australia and New Zealand at Alibaba Cloud.

“The partnership covering all sectors spanning from public to private organisations reflects Alibaba’s mission to make it easy to do business anywhere. Our technology empowers customers in all sectors to tap into and scale up in China market.”

Through the China Gateway initiative, Alibaba Cloud says it will work closely with global partners to provide market insights, connections to domestic network and technology solutions for businesses to succeed in China under a “holistic one-stop approach”.

Alibaba Cloud says its cross-border network covering 20 regions and 58 availability zones across the globe also means companies can easily operate their business from their home country, lowering the barriers to enter the China market.

Jack Brady, CEO and Executive Director of AustCham Shanghai commented on the announcement and the Chamber’s involvement: “Our mission is to help Australian companies come to China and build great relationships with Chinese clients and customers. The China Gateway program and this partnership with Alibaba Cloud will provide more opportunities for new market entrants to really understand the market and provide them with the technological tools to help their business flourish in China.

Brady said the solutions available under the China Gateway Program have already been proven as a success to Australian business owners in serving clients in China, demonstrating its real potential.

“Australian brands are already major partners with Alibaba and it is great to see the China Gateway program pitched at the next wave of market entrants, providing useful research and tips to help unlock this dynamic market.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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