Microsoft announces $2.2 billion investment in cloud, AI services in Malaysia

Microsoft on Thursday announced it will invest $2.2 billion in artificial intelligence and cloud infrastructure over the next four years to help Malaysia’s digital transformation.

The announcement was made as Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella met with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar said the investment “demonstrates confidence in the country’s strong economic foundations, clear and focused policies, as well as investor friendliness and political stability.”

The technology giant said the project will create opportunities for 200,000 people to learn AI skills, establish a national AI center of excellence, and strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity capabilities.

“This investment demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to developing Malaysia as a hub for cloud computing and related advanced technologies, including generative AI. This will support the country’s productivity, competitiveness, resilience and economic growth. will,” the statement added.

Nadella said the company is “committed to supporting Malaysia’s AI transformation and ensuring it benefits all Malaysians.”

Earlier this week, he also announced investments in AI and cloud services in Indonesia and Thailand.

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