Hatzidakis, Varvitsiotis attend opening of Huawei pilot distribution centre in Piraeus
“The Huawei distribution centre is a reality and will strengthen Piraeus and Greece’s position on the global transportation map,” Development and Competitiveness minister Kostis Hatzidakis said on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the pilot operation of the Chinese technology and communications equipment company’s distribution centre at the Piraeus Container Terminal SA (PCT), a Cosco subsidiary, in Neo Ikonio, Piraeus.
The opening of the distribution centre is the fulfillment of a Huawei commitment made in May 2013 to the Greek government, during Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ visit to China.
Hatzidakis added the company’s hi-tech products will be distributed to European markets through Greece, stressing that this new investment amounted to a confidence vote for the country by a powerful multinational company.
Attending the event was also Shipping minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, who said that “what is happening here today is that Piraeus will be Mediterranean’s number one harbour and we are dedicated to this commitment.”
On his part, China’s ambassador, attaché at the Chinese Embassy in Greece Du Qiwen described the pilot operation of Huawei’s distribution centre as “an event of great importance for the companies involved, for the future of Piraeus and the country as a whole, which will contribute to progress and long-term growth."
Jeffrey Zhou, CEO of Huawei Technologies Greece said that the pilot programme started recently and “the first container with Huawei products arrived in Greece in November, marking the start of this new cooperation with our partner PCT. We believe our presence in the country will contribute to the Greek economy. With the launch of this programme, we will confirm the potential for future expansion."
Huawei Technologies is a leading global provider of technology and communications solutions (ICT), serving more than one-third of the world’s population. In 2012, the company’s turnover amounted to some 35.4 billion dollars, 66 percent of which came from sales outside of China.