During his recent visit to India, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company plans to create one million new jobs in India by 2025 through continued investments in technology, infrastructure, and logistics network.

The jobs will be across industries, including information technology, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing, and are in addition to the 700,000 jobs Amazon’s investments have enabled over the last six years in India. Bezos also said that the company plans to invest US$1 billion to help bring ten million traders and micro, small, and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) across India online, enabling US$10 billion in cumulative exports by 2025 and supporting India’s economic diversification.

Bezos said, “We are investing to create a million new jobs here in India over the next five years.

“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.”

The Indian government has prioritised 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 MSMEs complement this social inclusion and social mobility efforts by creating more opportunities for people in India to find employment, build skills, and expand entrepreneurship opportunities.