Ardern meets Amazon Web Services CEO on US business trip

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Adam Selipsky met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to discuss AWS’s work in the country.

Ms Ardern visited the Amazon campus in Seattle as part of her US business visit.

Selipsky says it was a pleasure to host the Prime Minister.

“We had a great discussion about digital transformation, skills development, sustainability and how we help organizations in Aotearoa, New Zealand grow and grow internationally,” said he declared.

“We are investing NZ$7.5 billion to build an AWS region in the country, which aimed to be powered by 100% renewable energy at launch. We will be adding over 200 employees to our AWS Kiwi team over the next few years to help our Aotearoa customers and partners achieve amazing things.

In her plan to travel to the United States, Ms Ardern said she would meet with top tech leaders like Amazon to discuss investments, developing New Zealanders’ skills in tech industries, digital cooperation and furthering the objectives of the Christchurch call (to make online spaces safer after the live broadcast of the Christchurch terrorist attacks).

Last September, AWS announced plans to invest NZ$7.5 billion to build an AWS Asia Pacific Region in New Zealand. The company estimates that this will contribute $10.8 billion to Aotearoa’s GDP over the next 15 years.

This investment includes building data centers, purchasing regional goods and services, operating facilities, and supporting wages and salaries that contribute to the local economy.

AWS says the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), New Zealand’s foreign investment regulator, gave approval in April 2022 for AWS to move ahead with plans to build the new region.

The company says an AWS Region is a cluster of data centers that enable developers, startups, enterprises, government, education, and nonprofits to run their applications and serve customers. with low latency using an infrastructure located directly in New Zealand. AWS says this means local customers with data residency preferences will be able to store data on AWS in New Zealand securely.

The company says it is also working to improve New Zealanders’ digital literacy skills. He says he offers programs like AWS re/Start, a free 12-week development and training program that prepares unemployed and underemployed people for careers in
the cloud.

AWS re/Start is working with Te Pūkenga in New Zealand, a higher education provider, to develop local talent, including those from Maori and Pasifika communities.

AWS says it also offers more than 500 free digital training courses through initiatives such as AWS Skill Builder, which is available to anyone willing to learn and with an internet connection, and programs such as AWS Skills Guild, a comprehensive skills activation program that builds the cloud. expertise within organizations.

The company also just launched a free and flexible four-week online program for women called AWS Hāpori Wāhine Cloud Up.

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