On August 29, Google Cloud announced a new cooperation with the government of El Salvador to open an office and offer Google Distributed Cloud (GDC) services in the country.
The collaboration intends to automate the country, modernize government services, and improve healthcare and education systems. The GDC will also assist in bringing infrastructure closer to where El Salvador's data is created.
El Salvador's president, Nayib Bukele, believes the country is swiftly becoming a "hub for innovation." “El Salvador is moving forward. We believe technology and foreign investment are key for development.”
The cooperation, which is subject to final parliamentary approval, will last seven years and will assist the government in digitizing projects and processes such as invoicing, permits, and more. According to the release, Google Cloud has become the first Latin American government to use cloud technology.
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian believes cloud computing has the potential to "truly transform" Latin America.
"Access to cloud computing has dramatically expanded across industries and regions around the world," he said, adding that "small businesses and the public sector can now use the same applications and services as more mature markets."