Microsoft sets course in Asia with $2.2 billion investment in AI and Cloud in Malaysia

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will invest $2.2 billion in Malaysia over four years, build new cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructure in the country and work with the government to establish a national AI center to open.

“We are committed to supporting Malaysia’s AI transformation and ensuring that all Malaysians benefit from it,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our investments in digital infrastructure and skills will help Malaysian businesses, communities and developers adopt the latest technology to drive inclusive economic growth and innovation across the country.”

The company recently announced a slew of major investments around the world, mainly focused on artificial intelligence. Earlier this week, while on his Asian tour, Nadella announced a $1.7 billion investment in Indonesia. “This next generation of AI is changing the way people live and work everywhere, including in Indonesia,” says Nadella. “The investments we are announcing today – in digital infrastructure, skills and developer support – will help Indonesia thrive in this new era.”

Microsoft’s investment in Indonesia is expected to lead to AI training for an expected 840,000 people. Malaysia’s cloud and AI plans will create AI skills for around 200,000 people.

“We are honored to work with the government in support of their National AI Framework, which enhances the country’s global competitiveness,” said YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Malaysia’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry . “This strategic emphasis on AI not only drives economic growth, but also promotes inclusivity by bridging the digital divide and ensuring everyone has a seat at the table so that every Malaysian can thrive in this new digital world.”

This followed the announcement of a $2.9 billion investment plan in Japan and a further $1.5 billion in Abu Dhabi. Thailand will also see investments in new cloud and AI infrastructure. In total, Microsoft has pledged to spend a total of about $5.6 billion across Asia.

Last year the company pledged $3.2 billion to develop the UK’s AI economy, a massive project that includes training, research, safety and services. Last month the company said it planned to make London one of the world’s most important centers for AI development.

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