The American technology company will use the investment to develop cloud and AI infrastructure, create AI skilling opportunities for an additional 200,000 Malaysians, and establish a national AI Centre of Excellence apart from bolstering Malaysia’s cybersecurity capabilities

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Microsoft plans an investment of $2.2bn in Malaysia over the next four years to propel the country’s cloud and AI transformation. (Credit: Annice Lyn/Getty Images for Microsoft)

Microsoft has committed to an investment of $2.2bn in Malaysia over the next four years to drive cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) transformation in the Southeast Asian country.

The American technology company will use the investment to develop cloud and AI infrastructure along with creating AI skilling opportunities for an additional 200,000 Malaysians.

Microsoft will also bolster its collaboration with the Malaysian government to set up a national AI Centre of Excellence as well as to bolster the country’s cybersecurity capabilities.

Besides, the technology major’s investment is aimed at supporting the growth of the Malaysian developer community.

Malaysia Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Abdul Aziz said: “Microsoft’s 32-year presence in Malaysia showcases a deep partnership built on trust.

“Indeed, Malaysia’s position as a vibrant tech investment destination is increasingly being recognised by world-recognised names due to our well-established semiconductor ecosystem, underscored by our value proposition that ‘this is where global starts’.”

According to Microsoft, the investment showcases its dedication to building Malaysia as a hub for cloud computing and related advanced technologies, including generative AI.

It is expected to contribute towards the country’s competitiveness, productivity, resilience, and economic growth.

The investment in AI transformation expands on Microsoft’s Together with Malaysia (Bersama Malaysia) initiative, which was unveiled in 2021.

Together with Malaysia, which aims to propel inclusive economic growth, encompasses plans to establish the company’s first datacentre region in the country.

Microsoft’s investment commitment is also expected to enable it to address the rising demand for cloud computing services in Malaysia.

It will also support Malaysia to capitalise on key economic and productivity opportunities presented by the latest AI technology.

Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said: “We are committed to supporting Malaysia’s AI transformation and ensure it benefits all Malaysians.

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

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its plans to invest $1.7bn in Indonesia over the next four years to advance AI and cloud infrastructure in the country.