Ants wqrldphoto courtesty of DreamWorks SKG

Jack Ma, Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Alibaba.com made a forecast that the world economy situation would be as bleak as that in 2001, 2002 where the dot-com bubble have taken place. He warned that the “winter” would probably last as long as three years.

Yet, He still pledged his support to China exporters, manufacturers and suppliers in the wake of gloomy economic sentiment. He suggested that SME in China should behave and work like “ants” which managed to survive much longer than such mammals as lions and elephants through all these years.

“Our Winport project launched two days ago will charge as little fee as we can, we have been thinking to offer the services for free.” Mr Ma said in a recent interview with China Alibaba.com ( The interview was done in Mandarin though).

Alibaba raise investors’ eyebrows by reporting a strong net profit of 300.7 million yuan for the first quarter of 2008 on May 5th, a leap of 111. 7 percent year-on-year and 162 percent quarter-on-quarter, excluding the one-off interest income received from over-subscriptions during IPO in the fourth quarter of 2007. Find out the Full report here

Investors’ sentiments undoubtedly are still haunted by the painstaking experiences earned from the previous internet bubble burst, coupled with the emerging economic dark cloud in the United States, rising RMS value, escalating energy and food prices. Alibaba (1688.HK) closed at HK$14.14 per share last Friday.

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