Amazon Web Services (AWS), a unit of Amazon.com Inc, expects sustained growth in Chile and the rest of Latin America in the coming years despite ongoing political turmoil, a top executive told Reuters.
“In the future, we plan to invest more and expand our physical presence in Chile to the extent that customers demand it and need it to meet their needs,” said Vice President for Latin America Jaime Valles, declining to comment on any is investment value.
The AWS cloud platform offers everything from storage, robotics, artificial intelligence and more than 200 services.
The company opened secure connections to the global AWS network, known as Edge locations, in Argentina and Chile last year in addition to existing locations in Brazil and Colombia.
Starting in 2022, AWS plans to open 30 new “AWS Local Zones” that include infrastructure, storage services and databases in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Brazil.
On Wednesday, the company said it had begun the process of obtaining the environmental permit needed to build a $205 million data center in the Chilean capital.
“Specifically in Latin America, we work very closely with retail companies and banking companies,” Valles said.
In Chile, AWS provides services to large companies such as retail conglomerate Cencosud, government services such as a “virtual police station” and public-private partnerships such as managing astronomical data from observatories.
In addition to these services, Valles said the company focuses on startups, offering funding and technology programs to help grow their businesses.
“At the end of the day, much of the generation of growth, productivity and employment comes from startups or small and medium-sized companies,” Valles said.
The company’s focus on growth and long-term vision allows it to be confident about investing in Latin America despite the socio-political turmoil in the region, Valles said.
“The best technology, more education, more startup programs allow us to make an important difference for Latin America,” Valles said. “That’s our long-term vision, and as you can imagine, it’s completely independent of the governments in power.”