Microsoft has announced a $1.1 billion investment plan to drive digital transformation in Mexico including the development of its first cloud region in the country.

According to the company, the new cloud datacenter region in Mexico is an important part of this investment plan which is spread over the next five years. The facility is expected to deliver Microsoft cloud services to public entities, organizations and societies in the country. Such cloud services include Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.

“The new datacenter region in our country will provide intelligent services to help companies innovate in their industries. The skilling program not only benefits government institutions, businesses and society at large, it also shows the importance of Mexico as a leader in the adoption of artificial intelligence, cloud and other technologies in Latin America,” said Enrique Perezyera, general manager of Microsoft Mexico.

Over the next 5 years we will invest on these and other initiatives including events to foster innovation and skilling for developers, startups, organizations in general. There is only one future, and it will be digital. Mexico is well positioned to harness the power of new technologies, and by jointly working with Microsoft, the country will make this future a reality.”

The new cloud region in Mexico will be part of Microsoft’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for its direct emissions and for its entire supply chain and value. By 2050, the company said it will remove from the environment, all the carbon it has emitted directly or by electricity consumption since its founding in 1975.

As one of the first initiatives, this Microsoft investment is set to support the project: “Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Pelagic Sharks in the Mexican Pacific Ocean (Shark ID)”, led by the Mexican NGO Mexico Azul together with students from La Salle University. It is focused on the conservation of Mako shark species.

Microsoft also announced that it is engaging CEOs of leading companies to be part of an Advisory Board to identify the demand for skilling initiatives, share best practices, track progress, and improve employability.