With Amazon’s continued investments in technology, infrastructure and its logistic network, the e-commerce major plans to create one million new jobs in India over the next five years, company announced on Friday.
“Amazon plans to create one million new jobs in India by 2025,” the company said in a statement, adding that the jobs – created both directly and indirectly – will be across industries, including information technology, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing.
The jobs will be in areas such as information technology, infrastructure, logistics and across its entire ecosystem, the company said in a release. Amazon has created more than 700,000 direct and indirect jobs through its investments in the country since 2013, it said.
The new jobs – created both directly and indirectly – will be across industries, including IT, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing.
These jobs are in addition to the seven lacks jobs Amazon’s investments have enabled over the last six years in the country.
Bezos, who is in India this week, had on Wednesday announced $1 billion (over Rs 7,000 crore) investment in the country to help bring small and medium businesses online and committed to exporting $10 billion worth of India-made goods by 2025.
“We’ve seen huge contributions from our employees, extraordinary creativity from the small businesses we’ve partnered with, and great enthusiasm from the customers who shop with us – and we’re excited about what lies ahead,” Bezos said in the statement on Friday.
The company noted that the Indian government has prioritized job creation and skilling initiatives – including the training of more than 400 million people by 2022 – in rural and urban areas.
“Amazon’s job creation commitment and investment in traders and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) complement these social inclusion and social mobility efforts by creating more opportunities for people in India to find employment, build skills, and expand entrepreneurship opportunities,” the statement added.
Goyal said the company was funding its losses.
“They may have put in a billion dollars, but if they make a loss of a billion dollars every year, then they jolly well will have to finance that billion dollars,” he said. “So, it is not as if they are doing a favor to India when they invest a billion dollars.”
Bezos hasn’t been able to meet top government functionaries during his visit amid protests against Amazon by small shopkeepers. They accuse eCommerce marketplaces such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flip-kart of violating overseas investment rules and predatory pricing.
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