Alibaba is in Early Negotiations to Acquire Daraz.pk: Bloomberg

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Alibaba is considering acquiring Pakistan’s largest online shopping platform, Daraz.pk. According to a Bloomberg report citing a source close to the matter, the Chinese giant is in early price negotiations with Rocket Internet.

Daraz.pk is the subsidiary of the German-based internet company, Rocket Internet.

Daraz isn’t the only company to gather the attention of Chinese e-commerce giants. Ant Financial, the world’s most valuable fintech company, recently bought 45% stake in Telenor Microfinance Bank for $184.5 million.

The purpose of this deal was to further develop mobile payment and digital financial services of Telenor Microfinance Bank.


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Pakistan’s Retail Market

Alibaba’s interest to tap into the e-commerce sector of Pakistan comes in after China’s massive investment of around $60 billion in CPEC projects. Pakistan is also ranked as the fastest growing retail market in the world.

Pakistan has nearly 50 million 3G/4G internet users and the retail market is expected to grow by 8.2% a year in the coming years. The potential has been identified by various other multi-national companies, which are planning to enter the Pakistani market.

Via Bloomberg

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