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Yiwu , Alibaba to Promote E-business

China’s largest small commodity wholesale market in Yiwu, eastern Zhejiang Province, joined hands on Thursday with Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba to promote its online business. Zhejiang China Commodities City Group Co., Ltd. and Alibaba Group inked a deal Thursday afternoon in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, to improve cooperation of the two sides in the

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yiwu college student entrepreneurs

Students run their online businesses from a classroom at Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College. Photo: CFP People in Yiwu pride themselves on being born traders. To tap into this idea, a local college in this city of Zhejiang Province launched a business starting school aimed at training students as entrepreneurs and demanding them to make

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The undercover migrant worker yiwu

Chen Jiashun has worked as a pig herder, a porter, a math teacher for migrant students and astorekeeper in Yiwu, a city in Zhejiang province that’s famous for its small commodity trade andvibrant free markets. Chen Jiashun works at a handicraft factory in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, to learn more aboutworking conditions in the migrant community. Provided to China Daily But the 44-year-old’s real job is a human resource and social security official in Yunnanprovince’s Zhanyi county. And this meant he sometimes needed to go undercover to discoverthe realities farmers-turned-workers face. Farmers in Zhanyi typically earn less than 5,000 yuan ($790) a year from agriculture, so manyhave migrated to Yiwu for better jobs. The county began to develop human resource transfers as one of its pillar industries in 2004. It set up a workstation in Yiwu in 2007 to help farmers find jobs there and to support migrantworkers from Zhanyi. Chen was appointed as head of the station. His duties include collecting employmentinformation and assisting migrant workers, who are treated unfairly or are involved in disputes. The first batch of 300 people arrived in Yiwu in 2007, but 60 percent of them quickly returnedhome. They were dissatisfied because they couldn’t earn as much as local officials had promised.They felt duped. “Local officials said one could earn 1,200 yuan a month,” Chen says. “But they received only 900 yuan after deducting utilities.” Also, workers weren’t allowed sick leave, Chen says. So, many decided to return. “Take us home just like you brought us here,” one told Chen. Chen worked and lived with the workers to persuade them to stay and improve their workconditions. He urged employers to allow workers leave and to stop giving them utility bills. But he failed. Chen realized he needed to collect more detailed job information before mobilizing farmers tocome to the city. After discussing the situation with other officials at the workstation, Chen decided to work as amigrant worker to understand their actual work conditions. He landed a job at a factory producing accessories and kept his true identity a secret. Over the following month, he discovered the working and living conditions were lower than theyshould be. He informed the county government. “When we recruit workers for the factories, we must give applicants the accurate information,”Chen says. “It could be misleading to tell farmers they can generally earn 1,500 yuan a month.” Chen has worked in five factories and found jobs for more than 7,000 people. He had been a middle school headmaster before being transferred to the county humanresource and social security bureau. He once taught math in a school for migrant children inYiwu to collect information about the realities they faced. He says going undercover has enabled him to better understand migrant workers’ needs. “Without Chen’s instruction, we couldn’t have achieved what we have today,” Zhanyi nativeWen Caixiang says. Wen and her husband are migrant workers, who landed jobs in Yiwu with Chen’s help in March2008. The couple also received his encouragement and support when they opened ahandicraft production base in Yiwu in 2010. They hired 18 migrant workers from Zhanyi earlythis year. Chen no longer works undercover and stays at the workstation for a third of the year. He has also established an information network which migrant workers can use to reportworkplace information. “Our people see us as their hope,” Chen says. “We can’t let them down.” guoanfei@chinadaily.com.cn Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on

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Yiwu – Hong Kong direct flight route from July 1 to resume service

yesterday, the reporter from Yiwu Municipal Government Port Office was informed that the approval by the State Port Office, the sixth consecutive year temporary opening of this year, Yiwu air port. Yiwu to Hong Kong round-trip direct flights on-time from July 1 to November 15.   One week to fly four days   Fare more benefits   According to

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Yiwu small commodities market sees sales decline amid economic slowdown –

The city of Yiwu, famous as a wholesale marketplace for small commodities trading, has felt the pain of the economic slowdown in Europe and the US. Many traders in this Zhejiang Province city now think back fondly on the not-so-distant past, when an estimated 210,000 merchants a day – including 13,000 from abroad – buzzed about

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