New Delhi: To facilitate greater economic engagement between Indian and Chinese SMEs, Confederation of Indian Industry has signed an MOU with China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba to build business-to-business linkages through global online platform.
Alibaba.com and CII will collaborate and develop various trade opportunities and online promotions to facilitate greater economic engagement between Indian and Chinese small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
CII Shanghai has signed an MOU with Alibaba.com to build business-to-business linkages between SMEs from India and the rest of the world through better utilisation of digital services for cross border and domestic trade, Chief Representative of CII Shanghai Madhav Sharma, who signed the agreement at Hangzhou city last week, said.
Alibaba will work with CII to run their e-certificates programmes in India, Sharma said. The MoU is a step forward in forging greater partnerships, engagement between Indian and global business especially among SMEs, he said.
"India-China SME engagement India’s manufacturing and services sector will be able to achieve the objectives of building greater India-China SME engagement by benefiting with the expertise of Alibaba.com in the digital space – especially on the B2B area, and CII through its network of 64 offices in India – with 8,000 direct members and more than a lakh indirect members through its affiliated sectorial association," he said.
It fills the need to strengthen cooperation between Indian and global SMEs to support the integration of Indian SMEs into the global supply and value chains of large enterprises across all markets.
"The MOU helps to support the transfer and expansion of knowledge and technology for forging strategic partnerships, collaborations, joint ventures, joint research and development leading to new innovations and help Indian SMEs build brand image at B2B and business-to-consumer (B2C) levels leading to increased trust, confidence and business engagement," he added.
Alibaba.com, headed by China’s billionaire tycoon Jack Ma, is the first business of Alibaba Group and it is the leading platform for global wholesale trade serving millions of buyers and suppliers around the world.