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Alibaba (HKSE 1688) will be going to hold its Open Sesame event in Istanbul, Turkey on Decemeber 16th.

Date: Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Registration starts at 2:30pm)
Price: FREE with event registration
Venue: Grand Ballroom, The Four Seasons at Sultanahmet
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

For those who are interested in the event, please sign up here.

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Speaking at the e-Business Champion Awards Reception in Chicago, Arthur Chang of Alibaba told AuctionBytes that the Export-to-China would be beneficial to many international traders who are not very familiar with China market.

Export to China from Alibaba

International suppliers can take advantage of the program by building their storefronts in The storefronts would then be translated from English to Chinese, being accessible to most of its 25 million Chinese members.

Mr Chang, Vice President of Global Sales, quoted the latest import and export trading figures in China, saying that the business from “export to China” has jumped 4 times in the last five years. The findings expected another continued surge in the next 10 years.

He contemplated that the trend will go on because:

  • There is a strong and staggering demand for consumers’ items from the growing middle and upper classes in China
  • In the meantime, Chinese manufacturers, who aspired to stay competitive in face of India and Vietnam potential challenges, have imported components and parts with higher quality from other countries.

Mr Chang also said North America was the second largest user base of Alibaba  international site, their members could make use of the trading platform to do sourcing, reaching out to 5 million international users coming from all over 200 countries and regions.

“One of our suppliers can cut 50% of their time in sourcing for the right trade partner,” he concluded.

 Arthur Chang from Alibaba

The program is in line with what we have discussed – “Alibaba set her sight to  UK – “Export to China, Export to the World” earlier  in March 


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David Wei, Chief Executive Officer of, must be very busy over the past few months, traveling back and forth to seal deals with overseas strategic partners. The latest news came on last Thursday (29th  May) in which Alibaba has signed an agreement with TURKTICARET.Net

The turkish business partner is by far the largest domestic B2B maketplace and also the leading domain name registration and web hosting company of the country.

We’ve seen TURKTICARET.Net , has embedded new search box and browse categories functions from Alibaba. Powered by, the search initiatives would channel Turkish SME business to China exporters and vice versus.

To sum up what deals Alibaba has made known to the public in the last two months:

 Full story of the Alibaba’s partnership with TURKTICARET.Net


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David Wei, chief executive officer of told SmallBizPod that being Alibaba’s paid members, they only need to pay “one pound per day” in UK.

Last week, Mr Wei has an interview with SmallBizPod , the small business podcast, following his move to exploring the UK market.

Mr Wei also highlights the fact that there are 3 ways to improve suppliers quality within Alibaba’s community:

  1. Paid members are required to go through authenication and vertification processes by a third party engaged with Alibaba to make sure they are real companies.
  2. Services providers who are offering factory audits and quality assurances are available in the trading platform. Paid members can use their services.
  3. Members cross-rating system is in place in the international e-commerce. marketplace platfrom.

The latest SmallBizPod #65 can be downloaded for startups, small business and enterpreneurs.

David Wei podcast

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Alibaba, China number one eCommerce portal,  is to launch an online platform which will encourage the owners of British small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to export their products to the world’s most populous country. 

David Wei, chief executive of , following his maiden results as a public company, unveiling a 200 per cent rise in operating profit to RMB804m few weeks ago, has announced his second move.

The new venture, known as “Export to China, Export to the World”, will be launched in the second half of this year, will target the 268,000 Britons who are already members of

The website is currently recruiting new members in this country at a rate of 2,000 every week.

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