Cisco commits $70 million investment to France’s digital acceleration
Issy-les-Moulineaux, January 21, 2019 – Cisco today reiterated its commitment to supporting France’s digital acceleration by announcing an investment of $70 million over the next three years. Aligned to the French national priorities, the commitment will enable innovation, economic opportunity, and education across the nation.
Attending the ‘Choose France’ summit in Versailles, Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, met Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to affirm the company’s commitment to executing digital strategies that include and benefit all French citizens. It will encompass investments in digital skills and training, security and privacy, R&D, as well as continued support and funding for France’s start-up ecosystem.
In this framework, Cisco will continue to support regions in their digital acceleration. In Le Havre, Cisco is currently collaborating with the Port Authority and the urban community as well as their partners within the “Le Havre Smart Port city” project to help create economic opportunity by building a connected, autonomous shipping port of the future. The project intends to include providing an intelligent platform for data sharing and enhancing the movement of goods from ships to trains and trucks to drive better business outcomes.
“Technology is the bridge to creating inclusive economic growth and helping solve some of the world's biggest problems. We are proud to be a trusted technology partner to the French Government and to expand our support for the country’s long-term social, economic and cultural priorities,” said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco.
“France’s digital acceleration is creating bridges for its citizens to new opportunities. Over the last years, we’ve been working to explore how business organisations and academia can innovate using digital in education, cybersecurity and privacy, and smart cities. The network is foundational to peoples’ economic opportunity, social needs, and cultural experiences and will drive inclusive growth in France, through innovation, new services, and new applications” said Philippe Dumont, General Manager of Cisco France.
Since 2015, Cisco has been investing in the digital transformation of France. The $200 million investment program is seeing multiple initiatives and programs to capture the benefits of the digital economy.
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