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2018-06-18 21:12

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英國政府決策者表示想要培養科技企業與穀歌或Facebook等美國矽谷的科技巨頭競爭。

週三,英國政府宣佈科技公司將在該國投資近23億英鎊(30億美元),預計將創造約1600個崗位。這筆資金的大部分是來自雲計算公司Salesforce,此計畫是在英國首相特裡莎·梅(Theresa May)主持的科技圓桌會議上公佈的。

英國數位化、文化、新聞與體育部長馬特·漢考克(Matt Hancock)在會後向CNBC表示,英國科技界行業的雄心很大。

漢考克在週三向CNBC的Steve Sedgwick表示:“在圓桌會議上,我們從企業家那裡聽到的是他們對英國持樂觀態度,他們認為在英國脫歐之後,英國也可以孵化出能與中國和美國大型科技公司比肩的大規模跨國公司,因為我們現在已經有了這一領域的生態系統。”

由於倫敦有很多科技公司在這一地區開展業務,老街環島(Old Street Roundabout)被稱為“矽環島(Silicon Roundabout)”。

儘管英國退歐存在不確定性,但倫敦仍是歐洲最大的科技投資中心。根據英國倫敦的官方宣傳機構London & Partners,2017年,英國科技企業獲得的投資幾乎是德國的四倍以上,且超過瑞典、法國和義大利的總和。目前,英國數位技術經濟中約有210萬人就業。

漢考克強調晶片製造商ARM和物流公司Ocado等企業的誕生和成長,這些企業讓英國能夠吸引科技人才。

漢考克表示:“幾年前,ARM以240億英鎊被日本軟銀收購,這是向英國科技生態系統注入了240億英鎊的資金。Ocado是一家市值約100億的公司,是亞馬遜全球最大競爭對手之一。”

漢考克補充道,目前英國擁有的獨角獸公司(即估值超過10億美元的私人控股的初創公司)超過了歐洲其他任何國家。

他說:“我認為現在是探索該科技生態系統深度的時候了,事實上,英國有很多不同的科技產業。例如,金融科技就發展得很好,因為我們既有國際金融中心,還有很好的科技氛圍。”

The U.K.'s top policymakers have said they want to produce tech companies to rival Silicon Valley giants such as Google or Facebook.

On Wednesday, the government announced that technology firms are to invest nearly £2.3 billion ($3 billion) into the country, creating an estimated 1,600 new jobs. The cash injection, the bulk of which came from cloud computing company Salesforce, was unveiled to coincide with a tech roundtable event, hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Speaking after the event, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock told CNBC there is huge ambition for the U.K. tech scene.

"One of the things we were hearing at the roundtable from the entrepreneurs was optimism that the U.K., post-Brexit, can be a home for global companies of a scale that we see coming out of China and the U.S. because we've got the eco-system," he told CNBC's Steve Sedgwick Wednesday.

London remains Europe's top hub for tech investment despite Brexit uncertainty, and in 2017 U.K. tech firms took in almost four times more funding than Germany, and more than Sweden, France and Italy combined, according to London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official promotional agency. Some 2.1 million people are now employed in the country's digital tech economy.

Hancock highlighted the creation and growth of companies such as chipmaker ARM and logistics company Ocado that was allowing the U.K. to attract tech talent.

"A couple of years ago ARM sold for £24 billion. That was injection of £24 billion into the ecosystem. Ocado is a 10 billion company — it is the biggest competitor in the world to Amazon in that particular space," the minister claimed.

Hancock added that the U.K. now has far more unicorns (privately held start-up companies valued at over $1 billion) than any other country in Europe.

"I think it is down to the depth of the ecosystem and the fact that we have many different industries here in the U.K. For example, fintech (financial technology) has done well, because we have both the international financial center of the world and a great tech scene literally side-by-side," the minister said.

Source: CNBC  | Translated by Vanessa Chen
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