CAIRO, 21 March 2019 - More than 100 private sector leaders, national and international policymakers and academics have participated in the latest Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) Connect event. The theme of the session, led by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the GMIS Organising Committee, in partnership with the American University Cairo, was “Industry 4.0: boosting employment, innovation and competitiveness in Egyptian manufacturing”. In addition to discussing the way forward for the Fourth Industrial Revolution locally, the session also served as the first consultation round of the UNIDO Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) in Egypt. The PCP seeks to accelerate industrialization in Egypt through a comprehensive and holistic approach that harnesses multi-stakeholder partnerships and that is fully aligned with the Egyptian Government’s national industrialization strategies, priorities and capacities.
The event presented a unique opportunity to hear from a cross-section of key industry stakeholders as they shared their thoughts and experiences on one of the key priority issues of Egypt’s PCP: mainstreaming Industry 4.0 in Egyptian industry. It also gave an opportunity for a broad range of stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Egypt.
Giovanna Ceglie, Director and Country Representative of UNIDO, stressed the importance of the GMIS initiative for achieving inclusive and sustainable industrialization through multi-stakeholder dialogue and action. She said: “Fora such as GMIS are vital for building towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Bringing together thought-leaders in academia, policymaking and industry globally is essential for creating new development initiatives, original research and knowledge, partnerships and investments.”
“Today’s GMIS Connect session discusses how Egypt can achieve its sustainable development targets through advanced manufacturing technologies and new production processes. It also spotlights a number of dynamic young entrepreneurs in Egypt, showcasing their innovations and ideas,” said Ceglie.
The opening panel discussed the national sustainable development plan, “Egypt’s Vision 2020”, and featured inputs from Professor Amr A. Adly, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for Universities Affairs of Egypt; Emad Ghaly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Egypt; Khaled Hashem, President, Honeywell Egypt and Libya; and Sherif El Diwany, Founder and CEO, Solution by Design.
UNIDO’s Frank Hartwich then presented a TED-style talk on how the Fourth Industrial Revolution can stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the agro-industrial sector, focusing on how agricultural production capabilities can be improved through digitalization and improved connectivity. A number of Egyptian start-ups also showcased how domestic innovations are facilitating economic, environmental and social development.
GMIS Connect Cairo concluded with a Direct Impact Smartshop, which examined how design-thinking principles can influence problem-solving around people and technology. The session was led by Kai Bruns, Innovation Manager of GMIS and Hoda Mostafa, Associate Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Learning and Teaching, the American University in Cairo.
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