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Uber to open third Latin America support center in Bogota

FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the logo of the company for Uber Technologies Inc. on the day of the IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, USA, 10 May 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Ride-hailing app Uber will spend $40 million over five years to open the third support center in Latin America in September in the Colombian capital Bogota, the company said Wednesday.

The center, which Uber said in a statement will ultimately create 600 jobs, will “provide specialised support services and the security of users, partner drivers, and partner to become more sustainable for the applications Uber and Uber Eats in Latin America.”

Uber is popular in Colombia, although the government has said that it is illegal to use the app and it will suspend for 25 years, the licenses of drivers caught working for the platform.

Uber said in the statement that the hopes for a dialogue with the government, which will contribute to the regulation of ride-hailing apps.

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said last month it is beginning to recruit drivers ahead of the start in Bogota in the coming months.

Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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