Asseco's response to coronavirus pandemic
At the investor conference, during which the financial results for 2019 and Asseco's development prospects were discussed, Adam Góral, President of the Management Board of Asseco Poland, referred, among others, to the actions taken by Asseco in Poland in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
When it comes to Asseco's development prospects in 2020, I am aware that due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the whole world is now in a situation whose impact on the economy is difficult to estimate. We have taken all necessary steps to provide our employees with safe working conditions and our customers with full readiness to serve them and meet their obligations. We are also developing various scenarios of events to prepare Asseco for actions during and after the pandemic. In 2020 we will focus on further improvement of efficiency and simplification of the Group’s structure, continued development of competence areas and international expansion.
However, there is no doubt that this year will be very demanding on many levels. That is why Asseco is joining in to help in this difficult situation, which is the coronavirus epidemic. We focus on the areas where we have experience and competence:
1. We believe that it is very important to act responsibly and ensure the continuity of the operations of our clients – the companies and institutions important for the functioning of the state, the financial system or the health sector. Therefore, despite the prevailing epidemiological situation, our employees are fully available on duty to ensure the smooth operation of our clients' systems.
2. We provide additional activities for hospitals free of charge, aimed at adapting their systems to the needs of patients at risk of the pandemic. We are also in constant contact with the Ministry of Health and the National Health Fund (NFZ), carrying out ad hoc actions which support the fight against coronavirus.
3. We support universities - we have provided a platform for educational activities free of charge. "Partnership for universities" – it is the offer of Asseco, the Home Cloud Operator and Google, aimed at providing free infrastructure and tools for conducting remote classes at universities for 6 months.
4. We are also working with the Ministry of Digitization on speeding up the regulations enabling the introduction of video-verification, which is necessary, for example, for the remote activation of the electronic signature. Such a solution would enable many people, forced to quarantine today, to continue to function and sign documents remotely.
In addition, the Management Board of Asseco has decided to allocate PLN 1 million to support the health sector. We also operate locally - the Podkarpacki Business Club (PKB), of which Asseco is one of the founders, has decided to provide financial support to the medical sector in the Podkarpackie region in order to counteract the effects of the pandemic. PKB will allocate PLN 300,000 for this purpose, while Asseco will provide additional PLN 100,000 - said Adam Góral.