Bulgaria has indisputable experience and a large number of talents in the IT sector, and building on these achievements is one of the strategic priorities of the Ministry of Innovation and Growth, namely building Competence Centers in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and electronics. This was stated by the Minister of Innovation and Growth, Milena Stoycheva, at the inauguration of Infosys’ new proximity center in Sofia. The event was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Innovation and Growth Martin Gikov, the Ambassador of India in Bulgaria H.E. Sanjay Rana, Infosys leaders and employees.

According to Minister Stoycheva, in the past program period, Bulgaria has invested in the construction of Centers of Excellence and Centers of Competence, which will be supported in the current one as well. “Now is the time to strengthen the relationship between industry, business and educational research centers. The presence of your company in Bulgaria is another added value to the transformation of our country into an innovation hub for South-Eastern Europe”, said Stoycheva.

She stated that the vision of the Ministry of Innovation and Growth is to rebrand Bulgaria as a place for talent and attracting high-tech investments. “We are working to create an environment that promotes and develops the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem,” the Minister of Innovation and Growth also said.

“The opening of Infosys’ new center in Sofia is proof of the company’s commitment to promoting talent in our country. We appreciate that with the commitment to hire 500 employees in the next four years, the company contributes to our economy and offers new skills and opportunities for the talents in the technology sector”, said Stoycheva.

She stated that working in partnership, which includes all interested parties, according to the model of the so-called “open innovation”, is the key to the development of innovations and increasing the competitiveness of each of the participants.

Dinesh Rao, Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Delivery, Infosys, said, “Bulgaria is renowned for its excellent IT talent, and we’re excited to build an exemplary workforce that meets the demands for next generation skills and solutions, with a focus on catalyzing progress of our client’s AI and cloud first transformation. Continuous learning and reskilling are core components of Infosys’ DNA and we look forward to the important role our new center will play in our efforts to train our existing and new employees in Bulgaria”.

Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. Headquartered in Bangalore, India, the company has over 300.000 employees worldwide with a strong focus on Europe.