Thessaloniki, Greece (PortSEurope) October 15, 2021 – The Greek government and U.S. company Cisco have launched a collaborative framework under Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program, a part of which is the official opening of the company’s Digital Transformation and Skills Center in Thessaloniki. Cisco Systems is an American multinational technology conglomerate corporation. The primary purpose is to drive digitization and as part of Greece’s
recovery from the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. It is part of the government’s Greece 2.0 strategy which targets sustainable growth by transitioning towards a zero-carbon, digital economy. The framework was introduced in a meeting between Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance, and representatives of Cisco including Gerri Elliott, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Guy Diedrich, Vice President and Global Innovation Officer and Antonis Tsiboukis, Managing Director at Cisco Greece. The new Thessaloniki center will develop practical solutions, using technologies from Cisco and its partner ecosystem, as well as start-ups and educational and research institutions. Its focus will be areas such as quality of life of citizens (e.g. smart cities), health, rural development, tourism, environmental protection, civil protection, among others. Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. ambassador to Greece, was in Washington for the 3rd U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue, and send a message to the inaugural event. He said, “the centre has already been active for over a year bringing together the public and private sectors and championing the innovative ideas that are the heart of Thessaloniki’s renewed growth story. The Center has hosted more than 20 conferences organized by Cisco and partners such as Aristotle University, Alumil, and the Municipality of Thessaloniki. In addition, the Center will soon host a conference on cybersecurity issues here in northern Greece, under the auspices of the U.S. Consulate in partnership with American industry leaders Cisco, Deloitte and AWS, many which have come to call Thessaloniki home”. Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program CDA will focus on the following themes: The digitization and security of public sector servicesHybrid learning models for schoolsTraining the workforce of the future with next generation cybersecurity and IT skillsHelping to create a resilient maritime industry through Greece’s digital ports of the futureThese strategic focus areas will offer foundational support to the Greek government on its journey to building a resilient economy and inclusive society. The full Cisco press release can be read here The inauguration of the center follows an event last week when Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis opened two brand-new Pfizer facilities in Thessaloniki. The centres are the Global Center for Digital Innovation (CDI) and a Global Center for Business Operations and Services. Together with the news last week that Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA) are discussing cooperation, the port-city of Thessaloniki is developing a technological hub in not only Greece but also the wider region. Yesterday, the aforementioned ambassador gave an interview to The Greek Current podcast with Thanos Davelis. He said, talking about U.S. companies investing in Greece, “… A billion dollar Microsoft cloud computing investment; Digital Realty and Amazon Web Services following close behind; new investments by Pfizer, Cisco, Deloitte in Thessaloniki, all of which reflects both the great human capital that Greece enjoys but also building on the efforts that we started at the Thessaloniki Fair in 2018”. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.