Europe’s Role In Creating the Post-Pandemic World
Through “solidarity, trust and innovation”, Europe can lead the world out of the current coronavirus pandemic and into a new cycle of economic growth, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, said Abraham Liu at a conference in Brussels earlier this month.
European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, European Investment Bank Vice President Emma Navarro and MEP Eva Kaili joined Liu on the panel, co-moderated by Euractiv’s Digital Editor Samuel Stolton and Digital Storyteller Dan Sobovitz.
“Europe has a unique opportunity to lead the world out of this crisis as a major power – but only if it remains united,” said Liu during the event, Towards a new Marshall Plan for Europe: The role of ICT, organized by Euractiv. “It must not cede to pressure to fragment the world, which would also result in the breaking up of the global supply chain at a time when solidarity is most needed.”
Europe Day is held every year on 9 May to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical Schuman Declaration, which in 1950 set out the idea of a new form of political co-operation in Europe.
“Huawei stands in solidarity with Europe, and we will play our part. The spirit of Robert Schuman is also our spirit. Huawei knows that co-operation across countries, cultures and continents is indispensable. The goal for Europe now is to show the world that solidarity, trust and innovation are the way forward,” said Liu.
Investment and Job Creation
“Companies like Huawei can help get people working again and revive economies,” said Liu. “This can help build bridges again between countries. We are a major employer in Europe and we will continue to create jobs. Our sector is fundamental to Europe’s recovery. Digital technology and communications should be the building blocks of Europe’s recovery plan.”
There have been many examples of how digital technology has helped during the current coronavirus pandemic, including remote diagnostics, smoothing hospital admissions procedures, or facilitating work and school from home. The latest digital technology will be needed to attain the sustainability goals of the European Green Deal while generating economic growth. For this, connectivity needs to improve and network capacity needs expanding.
In Europe, Huawei currently employs over 13,000 employees and runs two regional offices and 23 R&D sites. So far, Huawei has established 230 technical cooperation projects and has partnered with over 150 universities across Europe.
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This article first appeared in EU Reporter.