It is in our shared interest to join hands as we step into the digital age
By Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to European Institutions and the President of its European Public Affairs and Communication Office
The digital age is approaching, bringing with it unprecedented opportunities for the continent. The EU's digital economy is growing by 12% a year on average, seven times the growth rate of other sectors. Over the next five years, digitisation is estimated to generate over EUR 110 billion of economic revenue for Europe.
As for Huawei, we have been focusing on digitisation since the company was founded over 30 years ago. We aim to bring digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent Europe.
Huawei's growth in Europe has benefited from the peaceful and stable political environment, the open and fair business environment, and the robust development of the European Single Market. Europe has become our second "home", next to China, in terms of local investment, ecosystem cooperation and staff numbers.
Over the past 18 years, Huawei has invested over USD 1 billion in European R&D, local procurement reached over USD 37 billion between 2009 and 2018, and we established strong partnerships with more than 140 European universities and research and consulting institutes. We now have 12 200 employees here and over 70 % of them are hired locally.
Huawei has put down deep roots and become an inseparable part of Europe.
Striving towards common goals
Europe is open and inclusive, and this allows us to put aside differences and work together effectively. The bloc’s digitisation is gathering speed, driven by breakthroughs in 5G, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and other technologies.
Huawei vigorously collaborates with many different European partners, contributing to the digitisation and the growth of numerous industries.
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