KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NEWSnet/AP) — Google plans to invest $2 billion in Malaysia, developing its first data center and a Cloud hub.

Google said the hubs will be developed at a business park in central Malaysia’s Selangor state, to meet demand for cloud services and for artificial intelligence literacy programs.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim hailed Google’s investment as a sign of faith in Malaysia’s governance and economy. Anwar said the investment is expected to add $3.2 billion to the economy and create 26,500 jobs by 2030.

Malaysia will be the 12th nation to house a Google data center.

In early May Microsoft announced it will invest $2.2 billion over the next four years to build Malaysia’s cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructure.

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