Zelensky Suggests Jack Ma Open R&D Center in Ukraine
Over one hundred R&D centers of well-known global companies, such as Samsung, Boeing, Ericsson, Huawei, Oracle, Siemens, have been opened in Ukraine in recent years
At a meeting with Alibaba Group founder, and China’s richest man, Jack Ma, President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that Ma consider opening an R&D center in Ukraine.
Over one hundred R&D centers of well-known global companies, such as Samsung, Boeing, Ericsson, Huawei, Oracle, Siemens, have been opened in Ukraine in recent years.
Ukraine has some of the best data analytics experts in the world and can offer truly strong expertise in creating a data analytics and artificial intelligence center, Zelensky said.
“We have very ambitious goals. We want to completely restart Ukraine so that people like you appear in the country,” Zelensky said during the meeting, the president’s press service reported.
Young people are coming into power in Ukraine who want changes and want to make the country attractive for investment, Zelensky said.
Zelensky also expressed interest in joint educational projects, in particular in information technology as Ukraine seeks to continue to develop its competitive products in its formidable IT sector. The Ukrainian state can offer many interesting business opportunities for investors, in particular for Alibaba, Zelensky said.
Zelensky highlighted a new government initiative, the “State in a Smartphone” project which is allowing Ukrainians to get more and more government services done using their smartphones and said that Ukraine’s transformation into a highly successful country is impossible without digital technology.
In what was his first visit to Ukraine, Ma met with students of the Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Jack Ma, or Ma Yun, is a Chinese business magnate, investor, politician and philanthropist. He is the founder and former chairman of Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. Since Feb. 2, he’s been China’s richest man, with a net worth of $41.1 billion, as well as one of the wealthiest people in the world, and also was ranked 21st in the world by Forbes Magazine in its “World’s Most Powerful People” list.