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9 December, Monday


'Give them chance' - Jack Ma hails Ukrainian government

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Flamboyant Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has come to Ukraine to praise its “intelligent” people, young government and willingness to change. It is Ma’s first visit to Ukraine.

Ma, a co-founder of tech behemoth Alibaba and one of the world’s wealthiest people, came to Kyiv on Nov. 8 to give a pep talk to the business community. Talking about Ukraine, he complimented Ukrainian talents and gave advice on how to deepen the country’s relationship with China.

“You have a young government,” Ma said, speaking in an auditorium at the Kyiv International Economic Forum packed with local business people and politicians. “You never see a government with a 44-year-old president and a 35-year-old prime minister. They don’t have experience? Give (them) a chance.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom Ma described as “brilliant, young, and passionate,” had given a speech just before the Chinese tech magnate went on the stage. Zelensky emphasized investing in local talents, which echoed Ma’s message.

“What he just said — I love it,” Ma said. “Do invest in the people, in the future, in small and medium-sized enterprises.”

“I love the people here,” he went on. “It’s the intelligent people, the openness of this country, the culture. You people believe in the future, you are making the change. Nowhere in the world… very few countries I know have a ministry of innovation. You do. You love to change.”

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