VIENNA, 3 June - The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) 2020 Virtual Edition will consist of a series of online webinars taking place weekly, starting from 30 June, culminating in a two-day Virtual Summit, to take place from 4-5 September 2020. The GMIS 2020, a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, is a platform which aims to promote advanced manufacturing and innovation through multi-stakeholder dialogue, action and partnership.
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMIS 2020, which was originally scheduled to take place alongside the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair from 20-22 April 2020, was postponed due to the public health risks associated with a mass gathering.
Public health remains the foremost consideration, and this made the convening of a traditional, face-to-face summit impossible. Yet the present crisis illustrates how vital manufacturing and advanced innovation are. Advanced innovation is meeting urgent medical needs with the production of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits and the development of vaccines; ensuring quality infrastructure and adequate standardization in laboratories; maintaining the continuance of vital supply chains; ensuring detection and monitoring of new COVID-19 cases; and assisting in transportation of medical supplies through robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Given the centrality of advanced manufacturing to these efforts, it has been decided to convene GMIS 2020 as a digital series leading up to a Virtual Summit focusing on “glocalization: towards sustainable and inclusive global value chains”, which will enable participants to share their ideas on the future of manufacturing from the safety of their own homes or workplaces.
UNIDO Director General, LI Yong, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how vital industrial productivity and advanced innovation are to the functioning of our global society. This is particularly true in how the manufacturing sector is assisting our overburdened healthcare systems, from robots and drones transporting medical supplies, to artificial intelligence-based detection systems to production of personal protective equipment and testing kits. Advanced technologies will play a major part in the rehabilitation and recovery of our society following the pandemic. We look forward to engaging with partners in the private sector, government, academia and civil society in harnessing these innovations for inclusive and sustainable industrial development worldwide”.
His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates said:"The emergence of a global pandemic, and the widespread disruption that has ensued as a result, reinforces why it is crucial to accelerate the transformation of manufacturing through 4IR technologies, which have the potential to further enhance resilience in all areas of the economy and permit the restoration of industrial activity. However, to do so,solidregulatory frameworks must be put in place, as without rigorous policies and cross border planning, less developed countries risk being left behind. From innovators to large industrial conglomerates, standards and policies must transcend geographical and physical barriers, so they may nurture both inclusive development and global prosperity. We look forward to welcoming manufacturers, innovators and governments to the GMIS2020 virtual edition, to inspire and drive the 4IR conversations forward for the benefit of all.”
Badr Al Olama, Head of the GMIS Organizing Committee, added: “The pandemic has undoubtedly shocked the manufacturing sector and disrupted global value chains forcing us to swiftly move into an era of digital restoration - one in which we must deploy 4IR technologies to restore activities and jump-start the economy. While each country battles the pandemic and mitigates its effects, efforts must focus on building local capabilities, knowledge transfer from developed to developing countries, and engaging youth to contribute with their skills and energy. A coordinated policy response and a multilateral approach are required for continued cross-border collaboration that enables inclusive and sustainable industrial development for the prosperity of all.”
For further information, please contact:
Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Managing Director, Directorate of Digitilization, Technology and Agribusiness and Director, Department of Digitilization, Technology and Innovation, UNIDO.