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Amazon’s AWS to invest $236 million in Brazil to strengthen cloud infrastructure

By Gabriela Mello

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The cloud computing unit of U.S. Inc <AMZN.O> will invest 1 billion reais ($236.18 million) in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo over the next two years, the state government said on Wednesday, to strengthen its infrastructure in South America.

“With this major investment by AWS, Amazon’s cloud computing business, we will create more jobs, technology and also opportunities for startups,” governor João Doria said in the statement.

The move comes as the company also strives to expand its in online retailing in the increasingly competitive Brazilian market, where well-established local players pose a challenge to international rivals.

In December, almost a year after launching its first in-house fulfillment and delivery network in Brazil, announced plans to open a new distribution center in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

(Reporting by Gabriela Mello, editing by Louise Heavens)