Thu, 09 Dec 2021

WELLINGTON, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand welcomes Amazon Web Services' (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region in its largest city Auckland, which will further boost the country's growing digital sector, and help with economic recovery, a senior official said on Thursday.

Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications David Clark said in a statement that Amazon is the second major global tech provider after Microsoft to establish a Cloud Region in New Zealand, bringing with it new jobs and opportunities for the digital sector, and further acceleration to the country's economic recovery from COVID-19.

AWS' investment is estimated to be around 7.5 billion NZ dollars (5.28 billion U.S. dollars) and demonstrates the high level of confidence the international business community has in backing New Zealand's economy, Clark said, adding this will create job opportunities for industries such as construction and Information Communication Technology.

"Cloud-based technologies are generally accepted now as being the way to work and innovate digitally," the minister said, adding an example of this is the COVID-19 Tracer App that has been widely used in New Zealand.

Protecting Kiwis' data and privacy is critically important to the government, he said, adding onshore Cloud facilities provide stronger control of New Zealand's data "because it is held here, where our laws and protections apply."

He said AWS' decision to establish a New Zealand Cloud Region was made through the company's independent due diligence and is not a government procurement.

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