The Government of Greece and Cisco announced the launch of a collaborative framework under Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program. The aim is to help accelerate digitization across the country and power an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 CDA program in Greece is strategically aligned with the Greece 2.0 strategy, which is a blueprint to transform the country’s economic model towards sustainable growth by transitioning towards a zero-carbon, digital economy. Cisco expressed its intent to support this transition with technology, know-how and expertise, focusing on the following main areas:

  • The digitization and security of public sector services
  • Hybrid learning models for schools
  • Training the workforce of the future with next generation cybersecurity and IT skills
  • Helping to create a resilient maritime industry through Greece’s digital ports of the future
  • These strategic focus areas will offer foundational support to the Greek government on its journey to building a resilient economy and inclusive society.

“Our CDA programs across the globe are helping power an inclusive future for all, through innovative technologies like our cloud infrastructure and Webex collaboration solutions. We are very pleased to introduce the program in Greece and support the government and industry in achieving their economic and digitization goals as we recover from the global pandemic together,” said Guy Diedrich, VP & Global Innovation Officer of Cisco.

Official opening of the Digital Transformation and Skills Center in Thessaloniki

The inauguration of Cisco’s Center for Digital Transformation & Digital Skills in Thessaloniki took place on Friday.

Cisco Center was established in Thessaloniki in September 2020, at the old municipal slaughterhouses (Sfagia), following a memorandum of understanding signed 1.5 years ago.

Cisco Center in Thessaloniki

The Center is dedicated to the development of practical solutions, applying innovative technologies from Cisco and its partner ecosystem, as well as start-ups and educational and research institutions. The co-innovation will focus on areas such as quality of life of citizens (e.g. smart cities), health, rural development, tourism, environmental protection, civil protection, among others. The hub’s strategic location makes it accessible not only from Greece but also from the Balkans and Southeastern Europe.

Greece has emerged as an investment hub in innovation and new technologies over the last two years, said Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis.

Also present at the event was Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, who noted that “Greece has placed itself on the map of technology investments.”

“The provision of tax incentives,” Deputy Minister of Research & Innovation Christos Dimas noted, ” serves as a strong incentive for investments in Greece that now has one of the most competitive tax frameworks in that regard.”

US Consul General at Thessaloniki Elizabeth K. Lee also attended, while US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt addressed the event via a recorded message.