More Africa NewsAmazon Web Services opens a new office in Lagos, Nigeria and strengthens its presence on the continent

November 3, 2022by myles0

As digital transformation accelerates, Amazon Web Services continues to strengthen its presence on the African continent. Last September, the company opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the subsidiary of the American group Amazon specializing in the provision of cloud computing services, announced on Tuesday November 1 that it had opened its first office in Lagos, Nigeria. This new presence should enable the company to better meet the growing demand of its customers and partners in the West African country.

According to AWS, the new office in Lagos will enable it to provide a wide range of cloud computing services to Nigerian organizations of all sizes including start-ups, enterprises and public sector agencies. These services will enable its organizations to innovate, reduce IT costs and accelerate their migrations to the cloud.

The Lagos office opening comes approximately three months after AWS opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. These various investments come at a time when cloud adoption is accelerating in Africa, driven by the digital transformation needs of businesses and governments. Many companies like Microsoft, Oracle, Huawei, Acronis and Google have also invested in the continent.

According to Amrote Abdella, regional director for sub-Saharan Africa at AWS, Lagos was chosen to establish the first AWS office in Nigeria partly because the city “  is home to many fast-growing start-ups and notable Nigerian companies at the forefront of digital innovation  ”.

“  The ‘Services Infrastructure’ pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) highlights the importance of digital platforms in developing a robust digital economy. Amazon Web Services projects support the development of such platforms and we look forward to partnering with AWS to accelerate the implementation of NDEPS  ,” said Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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