KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NEWSnet/AP) — Microsoft is investing $2.2 billion over the next four years in Malaysia's new cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructure.

It also is collaborating with the government to establish a national AI center, its CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday.

It marks Microsoft's largest investment in Malaysia.

“We are committed to supporting Malaysia’s AI transformation and ensure it benefits all Malaysians,” Nadella said. “Our investments in digital infrastructure and skilling will help Malaysian businesses, communities and developers apply the latest technology to drive inclusive economic growth and innovation across the country.”

Nadella earlier met with Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who said the investment will be a key support pillar for the government's goal to enhance AI capacity in Malaysia.

Also on Thursday, Nadella announced a $1.7 billion investment in cloud and AI services in Indonesia.

Microsoft has pledged to provide AI training for 2.5 million people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam by 2025.

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