Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft President Brad Smith

(Dimitris Papamitsos / Greek Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met today with Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft President Brad Smith, in the context of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

During their meeting, they underscored the important progress that has been reported in Greece, in terms of the digitization of the state and public services, during the last three years.

“I wanted to say, Prime Minister, what you and your government are doing is everything and the progress that you’re making in basic capability-building is just fantastic to see. I’ve not seen anything like this at scale,” stated Mr Nadella at the beginning of the meeting.

“What is exciting is to be able to sort of be a small part of your own growth story as a country, because I think in today’s day and age, having a country that prioritizes this level of capability-building is something that we are very very keen to really partner deeply in”.

“If you ask Greeks now to name what has been the most successful reform of the government, 80% will tell you digital,” pointed out the Prime Minister.

“The ability to interact with the state from your phone has been a revolution in Greece, and, of course, we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do,” added the Prime Minister while he also pointed that Greece had a leading role in the EU vaccination certificate and that the country organized a fully digital vaccination campaign.

At their meeting, they also discussed the progress in the implementation of Microsoft’s investment for the creation of a hub with three data centers in Attica.

The Prime Minister presented to Mr Nadella and Mr Smith the rapid growth of the technological sector in Greece, the dynamics of start-ups, which attract intense international investment interest, and the complex strategic advantage offered by the geographical position of Greece, the highly skilled workforce and the connectivity to the wider area.