March 28, 2019 / 10:03 PM / 3 months ago

Amazon Web Services to open Latin America computer center in Colombia

BOGOTA, March 28 (Reuters) - Amazon Web Services (AWS), a unit of Amazon.com Inc, said on Thursday it will open a Latin American computer center in Colombia and help train 2,000 students in digital technology.

The company will team up with Colombia's public technical education institute to train students in cloud technology, Jeffrey Kratz, AWS' general public sector manager for Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, said in a government statement.

Kratz, in Bogota for a technology conference, said Amazon wants to support the development of digital infrastructure and help entrepreneurs create large-scale projects. He said the company would continue to invest in Colombia, though he did not provide further details.

He did not elaborate on the computer center.

Last August Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, announced that it would open its first customer service center in Colombia later this year and employ 600 people. The service center will serve customers worldwide in Spanish, English and Portuguese. (Reporting by Helen Murphy; editing by Grant McCool)

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