Amazon Web Services (AWS) is opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, as its second in Africa, after opening one five years ago in South Africa.
Known as AWS, the company is currently the only division of the giant e-commerce company, Amazon, that does not appear to be feeling the heat of the harsh economic climate.
According to a statement by Amrote Abdella, the company’s regional manager of Sub -Saharan Africa, the Lagos office will house teams of account managers, partner managers, solutions architects, and more.
AWS joins others like IBM, Huawei, Google and Microsoft in betting on Africa as the way forward in expanding their cloud solutions. Most of these companies have established themselves in Nigeria and South Africa, or in at least one of the countries.
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Choosing to set up offices in Africa is a move to better serve clients while maintaining low latency, which would not be possible if they continued servicing them from their offices in the US and Europe.
“The Service Infrastructure Pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) emphasizes the importance of digital platforms in the development of a robust digital economy. The programmes of Amazon Web Services support the development of such platforms and we look forward to partnering with AWS to accelerate the implementation of NDEPS,” Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami said concerning the AWS news.
TechCabal says that AWS has been one of the cloud companies fostering the transition of Nigerian companies to the cloud through programmes like AWS Activate which provides startups with resources such as $100,000 in AWS credits, training, support, and contact with incubators, accelerators, and venture capital firms.
Additionally, the company is running educational programmes like AWS Academy, AWS Educate and AWS re/Star to educate students, educators and startups about its cloud computing services and general cloud details. So far, University of Benin, University of Jos, and Igbinedion University have joined the educational programmes.
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