Microsoft spokesman Charles Lamanna on Thursday announced that the company is planning to create a Robotic Process Automation development hub in the Greek capital Athens, a move that Lamanna described as “a big step forward for Microsoft.”
The announcement was made during a videoconference held with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and representatives from Greek high-tech companies that have attracted foreign capital amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier in May, Microsoft and Applied Materials acquired the Greek-owned firm Softomotive and Greek Silicon in what Mitsotakis called a milestone moment for the country’s development in the field of high-tech.
“This is a really great development, which in fact, came about during a very difficult time for the country,” Mitsotakis said.
The Greek PM added that the move “demonstrates that we can do so much more to support the environment of our startups and to create the conditions that will attract more capital to the country, create new jobs, and showcase the ecosystem of Greek startups abroad.”
Mitsotakis also expressed his hope that the growing achievements of Greek companies will encourage young people to turn their attention towards private enterprise and that his government is trying its best to support the country’s “entrepreneurship ecosystem.”