Microsoft to build AI center in Malaysia as part of US$2.2 billion investment

From Malaysian Fintech News
May 2, 2024

Microsoft has announced a major investment of US$2.2 billion in Malaysia with the aim of strengthening the country’s digital and AI infrastructure over the next four years.

The move is one of the largest single investments by the Malaysian tech giant, second only to Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has committed to invest US$6 billion.

The investment plan includes building cloud and AI facilities, training an additional 200,000 Malaysians in AI technology, and working with the Malaysian government to establish a national AI center of excellence and strengthen cybersecurity measures. I am.

This initiative is part of Microsoft’s larger efforts to position Malaysia as a hub for cutting-edge technologies such as cloud computing and generative AI that are expected to boost the country’s productivity, competitiveness and economic growth.

This new funding under the “Bersama Malaysia” initiative from April 2021 aims to meet the growing local demand for cloud services and leverage AI to drive economic and productivity improvements .

According to Kearney research, AI could add nearly US$1 trillion to Southeast Asia’s GDP by 2030, and Malaysia could capture US$115 billion of that growth.

In addition to infrastructure, Microsoft is expanding its efforts into education in the field of AI. The company recently pledged to provide AI training to 2.5 million people across ASEAN by 2025.

In Malaysia, it includes specialized programs for students, women and underserved communities, aimed at increasing skills and employability in the digital age.

Microsoft will further strengthen its partnership with the Malaysian government to accelerate AI adoption in critical industries and collaborate on a range of initiatives to improve digital governance and cybersecurity.

Projects include economic analysis tools for trade negotiations, virtual assistants for startups, and using AI to increase productivity in government agencies.

To help develop local talent, Microsoft also AI Odysseya new program designed to train 2,000 Malaysian developers as AI experts.

The company has noted significant growth in the local developer community, with GitHub’s Malaysian users increasing by 28% in the last year.

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

“We are committed to supporting Malaysia’s AI transformation and ensuring that it benefits all Malaysians.

Our investments in digital infrastructure and skills will help Malaysian businesses, communities and developers apply the latest technologies to drive inclusive economic growth and innovation across the country. ”

Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chairman and CEO, said:

andrea della mattea

andrea della mattea

“We are honored to work with the government to support them.” National AI Frameworkstrengthen the country’s international competitiveness.

A strategic focus on AI not only drives economic growth, but also bridges the digital divide and promotes inclusivity by ensuring everyone has a seat at the same table, ensuring that all Malaysians You will be able to succeed in the new digital world. ”

Andrea Della Mattea, President of Microsoft ASEAN, said:

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