During a visit to China by a delegation from the Spanish Government, Inigo de la Serna, Spain's Minister of Public Works, met with Guo Ping, the Deputy Chairman and Rotating and Acting CEO of Huawei. At the meeting, Guo Ping outlined Huawei's contribution to job creation and the cultivation of local ICT talent, and discussed plans to help drive the growth of Spain's digital economy.
"Spain is a key component in our commitment to the European market," said Guo. "We have grown our headcount to 1,200 people, in keeping with our 2016 to commitment to expand our team by 50% by the year 2021. We are working closely with Spanish telecom operators and more than 200 Spanish partners to serve over 30 million service subscribers and thousands of companies in Spain, and we are taking important steps to consolidate Huawei as a partner in the digital transformation of the country. Local talent will be essential to these efforts. We will continue to invest in programs to nurture young minds that are drawn to a career in information and communications technology. To date, more than 20,000 students have participated in these programs, and the technical prowess of young Spanish students continues to amaze us."
During their meeting, Guo shared with Minister de la Serna Huawei's plans for promoting the digital transformation of Spain's public transportation infrastructure. Focal points include the digitization of railways, ports, and airports in Spain, among other transportation facilities. Guo also walked the minister through progress Huawei has made in the smart city domain.
Minister de la Serna emphasized the outstanding potential in digital transformation and the Spanish government's commitment to driving the process forward. Initiatives like the National Smart Cities Plan are key to the process, as is an up-and-coming innovation plan for infrastructure digitization that the Ministry for Public Works has also invited Huawei to join.