BEIJING: Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has agreed to act as an advisor to the Malaysian Government on its digital economy aspirations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"We will be in partnership with Jack on the path and route to the future," said Najib.
He said that Ma had also agreed to come to Malaysia to attend the launch of its E free trade zone in March.
Najib said this before he launched Alitrip Tourism Malaysia together with Ma Friday to lure Chinese tourists to Malaysia.
"You can see that China is the place to be. It has 300 million middle-class people, larger than US population.
"We hope, together with Alibaba, we can make Malaysia and China more prosperous," he said.
In his Budget 2017 speech on Oct 21, Najib announced the setting up of a Digital Free Zone.
He also unveiled the Digital Maker Movement and the Malaysia Digital Hub to help nurture talents and create innovators to build a fully sustainable digital economy.
The digital economy is said to account for 16% of Malaysia's GDP and is expected to rise.