Huawei opens innovation hub in Serbia

This photo taken on Nov 20, 2019 shows Huawei’s exhibition booth during a press preview for the 2019 World 5G Convention in Beijing. (LI XIN / XINHUA)

BELGRADE, Serbia-Chinese tech giant Huawei opened an innovations and development center in the Serbian capital on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, who sees it as an immense contribution to the digital transformation of the country’s economy.

At the opening event in Belgrade, Brnabic toured the new center, accompanied by Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo, and Li Mengqun, president of Huawei Western Balkans.

Brnabic said the center will help Serbia further accelerate its digital transformation, which has been among the key priorities of her government, and boost innovation and creativity in the Serbian economy.

“Large international companies have an immense role in the digital transformation of our economy, along with our educational system and local innovative and startup companies. Such partners are of key importance to us, and one of the best and biggest of them is certainly the Chinese company Huawei,” she said.

According to Brnabic, Serbia’s cooperation with Huawei is not limited only to 5G networks. She highlighted the three main aspects of the cooperation-introduction of artificial intelligence, digitalization of education and introduction of smart cities across Serbia.

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The digital industry in China plays a significant role in economic development. And now Serbia is in the process of digitalization development.

Chen Bo, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia

In their speeches, both Brnabic and Chen pointed out the new center is yet another breakthrough in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

“The digital industry in China plays a significant role in economic development. And now Serbia is in the process of digitalization development,” said the ambassador.

“Chinese companies are ready to share their technology and experience with Serbian partners. I am sure that such cooperation will be useful for both sides.”

Noting that Huawei has been in the country for 15 years, Li said the new development center has five core value propositions-talent nurturing, ecosystem, smart solutions, localization, and agile innovation.

“We call this the ‘Tesla’ proposition, named after (Nikola Tesla), one of the greatest inventors and physicists born and raised right here in the Balkans. Huawei has high hopes for the role that the center will play in digital transformation,” Li said.

“Together, we can make Serbia a world leader in the digital era with ubiquitous connectivity, digital platforms, and pervasive intelligence.”

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