AWS reinforces commitment to grow Singapore’s Digital Economy with US$6.51 billion in local infrastructure and jobs
Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted its annual AWS Summit Singapore focused on highlighting how public sector organizations of all sizes are using the latest technology to innovate rapidly, improve citizens’ lives, and transform their operations. The Summit, which was attended by business, technology, and government leaders, was hosted in-person for the first time in three years at Singapore’s Suntec Convention Centre.
During the Summit, AWS reinforced its commitment to help Singapore continue to innovate and become a leader in the global digital economy by announcing the below investments:
- Following the launch of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region in 2010, AWS has invested over US$6.51 billion in local infrastructure and jobs across Singapore.
- In Singapore, AWS has trained over two hundred thousand individuals in Singapore with cloud skills since 2017.
- Amazon and AWS will collectively create 1,000 jobs in Singapore in 2022.
- Amazon has two solar energy projects in Singapore with Sembcorp and Sunseap that generate 79.6 megawatts, which is enough to power almost 20,000 Singaporean homes every year. In addition to the generation of solar energy, this solar project in Singapore also collects and treats up to 170,000 cubic metres of rainwater annually, which is equivalent to the amount required to fill 68 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director for AWS’s Worldwide Public Sector said:
- Today, we are pleased to reinforce our long-term commitment to help Singapore become a leader in the digital economy by our investments in world-class cloud infrastructure, renewable energy projects, and upskilling our digital workforce.
- AWS deeply understands the needs of our public sector customers, and collaborates closely with the Singaporean government to accelerate innovation and digitize citizen services through our world-class infrastructure, deepest set of tools and services, and highest standards of security.
- With the acceleration in digital transformation, citizens’ expectations have changed. Citizens now increasingly expect seamless government services and data-centric solutions that make modern life better, no different from the convenience they experience when hailing a ride or watching on-demand content. To meet citizens’ evolving demand and maximize gains from digitization, the public sector innovation momentum must be sustained.
- It is truly inspiring how AWS customers are finding new and better ways to deliver on their missions. It’s clear there is no slowing down – and I look forward to what we will accomplish as we continue to pave new paths and reimagine what is possible together.
Key Facts and Figures
- The AWS Cloud currently spans 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and 8 more AWS Regions.
- In ASEAN, there are two active AWS Regions in Indonesia and Singapore, and three new Local Zones – in Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. AWS Local Zones are a type of infrastructure deployment help our customers to build and deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latency closer to end users or on-premises data centers.
- New announcement – Across ASEAN, AWS has trained over 700,000 individuals with cloud skills since 2017.
- New announcement – In Indonesia, AWS has trained over three hundred thousand individuals with cloud skills since 2017.
- The AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will create 24,700 direct and indirect jobs with an estimated US$5 billion in planned investment in the local economy.
- The AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will add an estimated US$10.9 billion over the next 15 years to Indonesia’s GDP.
- New announcement – In Singapore, AWS has trained over two hundred thousand individuals in Singapore with cloud skills since 2017.
- New announcement – Following the launch of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region in 2010, AWS has invested over US$6.51 billion in local infrastructure and jobs across Singapore.
- Amazon and AWS will collectively create 1,000 jobs in Singapore in 2022.
Government and Public Sector
- February 2022 – AWS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in Thailand, to support the digital transformation of the Thailand Government Cloud.
- March 2022 – AWS signed a Cloud Framework Agreement (CFA) with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (or MAMPU), to help accelerate cloud adoption and drive innovation in the public sector.
- September 2022 – AWS announced the AWS Smart City Competency program, to curate and develop a community of advanced and rising AWS Partners with scalable Smart City offerings on AWS.
- In Indonesia, AWS partner Elitery developed SiPANDU, an integrated report information system, and SiPANON, a machine learning (ML)-enabled closed-circuit television solution to monitor and improve road traffic flow.
- New announcement – October 2022 – AWS awarded its very first contract following the CFA, with the Department of Polytechnic and Community College (DPCCE), a department within Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education.
- DPCCE worked with AWS to migrate their Learning Management System or LMS to the cloud, and has since achieved the scale and flexibility to support over 150,000 active users with access to its curriculum, eContent, and digital learning activities. DPCCE is also working with AWS to expand their Moodle-based online LMS to 105 community colleges, in addition to the 36 Polytechnics that are already using the LMS.
- New announcement – October 2022 – AWS announced that Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University in Thailand has gone all-in on AWS to drive learning worldwide and support the university’s vision of becoming a digital university.
- By moving to the cloud, the university was able to support 100 percent online learning and e-examinations during the pandemic. Through harnessing the power of data and leveraging AWS’s global infrastructure, the university is able to achieve low latency and the scalability to offer online services for its 200,000 learners over two years, across 64 countries globally.
Research and Healthcare Sector
- In Malaysia, AWS is helping Cancer Research Malaysia scale the processing of breast cancer genomics data, accelerating its cancer research by as much as 3 years. It can now process up to 10 times more patient data, allowing it to analyze hundreds of patients at a time.
- In the Philippines, the Chinese General Hospital consolidated its various operational systems onto the AWS cloud and improved employee productivity by more than 60 percent. More importantly, it reduced patient discharge time from up to hours previously, to just minutes.
- In Singapore, Urban Analytics Lab at the National University of Singapore spearheads research in geospatial data analysis and 3D city modelling. With AWS at the foundation of most of its investigative work today, its researchers can develop more in-depth analysis at unprecedented scale, and apply its work to almost any geographic location.
- In Indonesia, the ASEAN Foundation migrated its SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system to the AWS Cloud. This allowed it to support the remote approval of budgets and spends, generate reports faster, and improve transparency. Now, the organization can dedicate more resources towards its work in promoting ASEAN and developing the potential of ASEAN citizens.
- Singapore’s National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre or NVPC uses the cloud to ensure that donors can make financial contributions to the needy anytime, anywhere. Its donations platform, Giving.sg, saw a record of 20.4 million Singapore dollars being donated during the pandemic. AWS helped them scale up to manage the five times surge in traffic.
- In Indonesia, AWS works with Water.org to partner with district-owned community banks to acquire financing, expand infrastructure, and improve access to water services. Also, the Urban Water Utilities Association is partnering PERPAMSI to provide capacity building and technical assistance training, among others. So far, these efforts have directly impacted more than 35,000 people living in Java, Indonesia.
- In Singapore, Amazon has two solar energy projects with Sembcorp and Sunseap that generate 79.6 megawatts, which is enough to power almost 200,000 Singaporean homes every year. In addition to the generation of solar energy, this solar project in Singapore also collects and treats up to 170,000 cubic metres of rainwater annually, which is equivalent to the amount required to fill 68 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Upskilling Across ASEAN
- In Indonesia, AWS is partnering with the Social Economic Accelerator Lab to accelerate digitization and launch the Indonesiaku AWSome!, a 5-month program that provides comprehensive education on advanced cloud technologies.
- In Singapore, AWS jointly developed “Cloud Ready SG with AWS” with the Singapore Government, a holistic digital and cloud technology skilling program curated for Singaporeans across segments.
- In Thailand, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is collaborating with AWS to train more than 1,200 public sector employees with cloud skills.
AWS is also working with educational institutions across the region, like Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture, Singapore’s Ministry of Education, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education, to transform course delivery, enhance the student experience, and improve learning outcomes.