AWS plugs another $9 billion into Singapore and launches new AI program

AWS has announced it will invest an additional SG$12 billion (US$9 billion) over the next four years into its existing cloud infrastructure in Singapore to meet the country’s growing demand for cloud technology.

It’s claimed that the investment will add SG$24 billion to Singapore’s GDP by 2028 and generate an average of 12,300 full-time equivalent jobs each year in sectors like construction, facility maintenance, engineering and telecommunications.

“AWS has been deeply committed to helping Singapore grow its economy, workforce, and digital prowess with cloud and advanced technologies since it launched its first Asia Pacific infrastructure Region here over a decade ago,” AWS Singapore Country Manager Priscilla Chong said.

“AWS is doubling down on its cloud infrastructure investments in Singapore from 2024 to 2028 to support customer demand, and help reinforce Singapore’s status as an attractive regional innovation launchpad, and a global leader in digital competitiveness.”

AWS AI Spring Singapore

As part of this additional investment, the cloud giant will launch a flagship AI program called AWS AI Spring Singapore that will aim to train 5,000 individuals on AI skills over the next two years.

“With AWS AI Spring, we are eager to embark on this collaborative AI journey with the government and customers to unlock the potential of AI, and accelerate Singapore’s Smart Nation vision and goal to become a beacon in the international AI field,” said AWS Singapore Worldwide Public Sector Country Manager Elsie Tan.

AI Spring Singapore will be made up of six targeted programs: Public Sector, which aims to drive AI initiatives within the Singapore government and government agencies; Workforce, a series of AI skilling and professional certification programs; Enterprise to drive AI adoption in local enterprises; Startups to help AI startups in Singapore; Communities to contribute to community development using AI; and Research and Development to drive R&D for and with AI.

As part of AI Spring Enterprise, AWS has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) with the Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA) to develop an AI adoption programme for local enterprises to use and scale AI for their businesses. In collaboration with IMDA, AWS will conduct technology discovery workshops to raise a company’s understanding of generative AI, providing expert advice to help identify and prioritise use cases that meet business needs.

Meanwhile, under AI Spring Public Sector, AWS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s health tech agency, Synapxe, to collaborate on a data and AI platform that will enable healthcare providers to utilise data analytics and AI across healthcare systems.

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Aimee Chanthadavong
Aimee Chanthadavong

Aimee Chanthadavong has been a journalist, editor and content producer for more than a decade. During that time she's covered enterprise technology for premium websites such as ZDNet and InnovationAus as well as food and travel for Broadsheet and SBS.