This global IT giant has established the first regional centre in Southeast Europe in the State Data Centre in Kragujevac and from today started providing its IT cloud services to users around the world.
Prime Minister Brnabic stated that today is an extremely important day for the city of Kragujevac, for our entire IT industry, which in the last two years has become the engine of the development of our entire economy, as well as for the positioning of Serbia on the European map of technologically advanced countries.
Brnabic pointed out that the next important step for the further strengthening of Kragujevac is investing in the development of an innovation district, which will span 56,000 square metres, and within which a science and technology park will be built, as well as a national centre for information security and space for new start-up innovation companies.
The Prime Minister noted that this will also ensure the creation of new jobs.
The total investment in this entire innovation district in Kragujevac will be €120 million and it is not possible to do it immediately but in stages, next year we will start construction and we will develop Kragujevac in stages, said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister added that there are clear plans for Kragujevac and Sumadija.
This is an indicator that we know how to lead Serbia in the future, that our young people stay here and that young people from abroad return to Serbia and return to Kragujevac, said the Prime Minister.
On this occasion, Brnabic thanked the Oracle company for deciding to open their first regional centre in the State Data Centre in Kragujevac, the heart of Sumadija, and thereby showing their faith in Serbia, but above all in our people and capacities for further development in the future.
Jovanovic pointed out that the decision of Oracle, one of the largest IT companies in the world, to lease space on a commercial basis and store its data in Serbia, in the State Data Centre in Kragujevac, shows that we as a country, our institutions, our experts with their knowledge and efforts, managed to win on the very competitive and tough IT market of the most developed European economy.
Today is the culmination of the hard, determined and dedicated work of a large team, led by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, said Jovanovic.
The Minister emphasised that Serbia has once again shown that it is a regional leader in digital transformation and a more than reliable and responsible partner for the existing and all future foreign investments in the field of IT and advanced technologies.
The event was hosted by Kenneth Johansen, Vice President of Technology Cloud and Regional Managing Director Technology North and Central Eastern Europe of Oracle Corporation.
As part of the opening of the Oracle cloud regional centre, the first commercial contract was signed between this corporation and Telekom Srbija, making the largest domestic telecommunications company the first user of the public Oracle cloud infrastructure.
The large investment made by the Oracle Corporation in this regional centre opens up additional opportunities for the further development of the ICT sector in Serbia, as well as the training and employment of personnel from this field.
Every company in Serbia has the opportunity to take advantage of the performance and security of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), which flexibly supports the scale and growth of various industries and sectors, including healthcare, retail and banking.