Amazon opens its first office in Nigeria to support startups and government agencies

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced the opening of its first office in Lagos, Nigeria.

Disclosure in a statement on Wednesday, the company said the new office was part of its support for the growing number of customers and partners in Nigeria.

AWS is a subsidiary Amazon, an American e-commerce company, which provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, businesses and governments on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The development is that of Amazon last investment in Africa, and it comes five years after opening its first office in Johannesburg in 2017.

The e-commerce company said the office will support organizations of all sizes, including startups, enterprises and public sector agencies as they transition to the AWS cloud.

With the Lagos office, he said, AWS can better respond to the increased adoption of its services by customers and partners in Nigeria.

Commenting on the development, Amrote Abdella, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, AWS, said that with its local presence, the company will support new and existing customers looking to use its products and services to innovate, reduce their information technology (IT). , and grow their organizations in the cloud.

“We are delighted to open our first AWS office in Nigeria. Lagos offers a pool of highly skilled and creative talent, and the region is home to many fast-growing startups and notable Nigerian companies blazing the trail in digital innovation,” Abdella said.

“We look forward to fostering the country’s pioneering spirit and helping our customers accelerate their digital transformation by bringing new, innovative products and services to the Nigerian community.”

On plans for businesses, Amazon said it will actively support Nigerian startups and the community with educational programs.

“AWS activate provides startups with the resources they need to get started on AWS, including up to $100,000 in AWS credits, training, support, and connection to incubators, accelerators, and venture capitalists. . The AWS Academy helps university students and educators develop knowledge and skills in AWS cloud computing to accelerate cloud-related learning,” he added.

“…member institutions in Nigeria include University of Benin, University of Jos and Igbinedion University. AWS re/Start is a 12-week, in-person, skills-based training program that covers fundamental AWS cloud skills and practical job skills, such as interviewing and resume writing, to help prepare individuals in entry-level positions in the cloud.

“AWS also has a vibrant user group in Lagos, with hundreds of members hosting local meetups for developers to network and share best practices and knowledge. To join the AWS Nigeria User Group, visit the AWS User Group page.”

For his part, Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said such development would boost the country’s digital economy.

Pantami said the service infrastructure pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) emphasizes the importance of “digital platforms in developing a robust digital economy.” .

“Amazon Web Services programs support the development of such platforms and we look forward to partnering with AWS to accelerate the implementation of NDEPS,” he said.

Ashley C. Reynolds