Updated: Jun 16, 2020
As the global battle against Covid-19 continues, Alibaba Group, has reaffirmed its commitment to expand its logistics operations to support Covid-19 relief aid, and strengthen Malaysia as a leading trade and transshipment hub in the region. It has also announced the eWTP hub in KLIA as one of three international transshipment hubs across the world for the distribution of medical supplies, with the other two located in Belgium and Ethiopia.
The global network of eWTP regional hubs plays an essential role in the efficient distribution of the donated medical supplies worldwide. In this regard, the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation (The Foundations) have been playing active roles, globally.
The Foundations recently announced a donation of more than 100 million face masks and 1 million test kits to the World Health Organization (WHO). Alibaba will work closely with the WHO to leverage the eWTP Hubs at KLIA in Malaysia; at Liege in Belgium; and in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia; as well as UN facilities in other regions to efficiently distribute these needed medical supplies. In this process, Malaysia’s eWTP Hub will play a key role in the distribution of goods to the Asia-Pacific region.
Eric Jing, Alibaba Group Director and Executive Chairman of Ant Financial Services Group, said “At this challenging time, cooperation and technology are critical to our collective efforts to ensure health for all and to support economic recovery. We are grateful for our strong partnership with Malaysia and for the important role played by the regional eWTP Hub in distributing medical supplies and supporting cross-border trade.”
Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia said, “The establishment of the DFTZ in partnership with Alibaba to set up Alibaba’s first international eWTP Hub in Malyasa in 2017 has continued to play an important trade facilitation role especially in times of uncertainties and border closures brought about by events such as the Covid-19 outbreak.”
“The effort of global digital companies such as Alibaba to drive forward looking trade initiatives to support the Government’s measures to mitigate Covid-19 and to support the socio-economic recovery must be applauded,” he added.
Source: Digital News Asia