At the AWS Summit Bangkok 2024, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has affirmed its commitment to unlocking Thailand's potential to help the country keep pace with global digital economic trends. AWS's focus is on equipping Thailand's current workforce with the necessary skills.

This move is part of AWS's strategy to maintain Thailand's position as a key market in Southeast Asia. To reaffirm its commitment, AWS reiterated its plan to invest over $5 billion (around 190 billion baht) in Thailand until 2037. This decision was announced alongside the launch of the new AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region, which is expected to become operational in early 2025.

In addition to Thailand, AWS is also actively expanding its operations in Vietnam. In 2020, the company announced plans to invest $2.77 billion in Vietnam over the next 5 years, focusing on building cloud infrastructure and supporting Vietnamese businesses in digital transformation. AWS has also signed a cooperation agreement with Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications to promote the development of a digital government, digital economy, and digital society.

Recently, AWS announced plans to deploy its Local Zone service in Vietnam by the end of 2024. Local Zones are edge computing infrastructure that allows customers to run applications that require ultra-low latency close to end-users. This deployment will help businesses and organizations in Vietnam maximize the benefits of cloud computing while meeting requirements for low latency, data security, and compliance.

AWS also focuses on developing digital skills for the workforce. The company offers numerous free online courses on cloud computing and AI, while also partnering with organizations and universities to provide cloud technology education programs. AWS's goal is to train 100,000 individuals in cloud skills in Thailand by 2026.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin expressed delight at AWS's latest announcement, saying it aligns with the government's "Ignite Thailand" plan to build a prosperous economy driven by innovation, creativity and technology through cloud computing. He believes this new infrastructure will spur economic growth, enhance the digital skills of the workforce, and promote innovation.

Since 2006, Amazon Web Services has become the most widely-used cloud platform globally. The company currently offers over 240 fully-featured services across 105 Availability Zones within 33 geographic regions, and plans to launch 6 new AWS Regions, including Thailand.

Representatives from CMC Telecom also attended the event marking the 10th AWS ASEAN Summit. At this summit, CMC Telecom participated in the keynote and breakout sessions, where insights were shared by AWS senior leadership as well as C-level executives from major Thai enterprises and other firms across the region.