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History and Milestones
February
Alibaba Group unveils its technology showcase – “The Olympic Games on the Cloud” – at Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Alibaba’s showcase at Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang
March
Alibaba Cloud’s Indonesian data center commences operations.
Launch of the Indonesian data center
March
Alibaba Group announces an additional US$2 billion investment in Lazada Group.
April
Alibaba Group acquires Ele.me, a leading on-demand delivery and local services platform in China.
May
Daraz Group, a leading e-commerce company in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal, is fully acquired by Alibaba Group.
June
Alibaba advocates the establishment of the Luohan Academy, an open research platform with Nobel Laureates and leading international social scientists.
Establishment of the Luohan Academy
August
Alibaba Group rolls out a new premium “88 VIP” membership package that will offer exclusive benefits to members across the Alibaba ecosystem.
October
Ele.me and Koubei are integrated into Alibaba Group’s local consumer services business.
October
Alibaba Cloud expands its European presence with the opening of two availability zones in the United Kingdom.
October
Alibaba Group and the Rwandan Government sign Memoranda of Understanding to establish an eWTP hub in Rwanda.
Rwanda becomes the first eWTP partner in Africa
November
Alibaba Group announces its commitment to help import US$200 billion worth of goods into China from more than 120 countries and regions over five years.
Alibaba pledges to import US$200 billion international goods to China
December
Alibaba Group and the Government of Belgium sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote inclusive trade under the eWTP initiative.
MoU signing between Alibaba Group and the Government of Belgium