Alibaba has sealed an agreement with the China Communist Youth League, a government-sanctioned youth group, to train one million teenagers in running online businesses, according to state media outlet Xinhua News.

Alibaba’s finance arm, Ant Financial, has committed 1 billion yuan ($153 million USD) to fund the program, which will be tested in China’s southwest Guizhou province.

The project falls very squarely within the Chinese government’s ‘Internet Plus’ plan, a strategic commitment to disrupting traditional industries with internet-enabled technology, in an attempt to boost growth in the services sector.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com