Alibaba wants Pakistani exporters to get listed on its B2B electronic portal

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KARACHI: Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth wants Pakistani exporters to get listed on its business-to-business (B2B) electronic portal, said a company executive on Monday.

The company’s Country Manager Jason Jia on Monday while speaking at a roadshow arranged for Karachi-based businessman said a Pakistan pavilion had been launched on its website for exhibiting their indigenous product listings, reported The News.

Jia said they want to work in conjunction with local businessman to introduce Pakistani products to the global markets.

Presently, the platform has over 3,000 paid members and majority of them are based in Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot. Textile, sports goods and surgical instruments constitute the top categories.

Before the launch of Pakistan pavilion, Alibaba’s website has over 250,000 registered members from the country. The company charges $1,500 yearly as subscription charges from featured suppliers on its website.

The company has also signed up five domestic partners which includes EB Excels, NextBridge, NJ Dynamic Solutions, Trademor and Alpharex International to give sales and support services to member companies.

Mr. Jia said Alibaba wanted more companies to have representation from Karachi especially in the garment and apparel sector pointing towards the three million small and medium sized businesses in Pakistan.