ABU DHABI, 27 March 2017 – The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) opened today, providing a voice and a venue for leaders to transform manufacturing, encourage greater investment in capabilities, foster innovation and drive global skills development. The GMIS, which runs over three days at Abu Dhabi’s Paris-Sorbonne University, will bring together 1,200 delegates including world leaders, expert industry CEOs and specialist researchers and academics. The GMIS is hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Addressing the official opening ceremony, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, UNIDO Director General, LI Yong welcomed delegates and said he was “gratified to be in the midst of prominent leaders and industry experts who are shaping the world of manufacturing”.
Li said the GMIS “will allow the international community to connect the fundamental challenges faced by manufacturing with transformational ideas that will make possible sustained industrialization and achieving the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)”.
The UNIDO Director General emphasized the importance of partnerships, saying, “The New Industrial Revolution is too vast, too complex, and too universal for any single entity or country to embrace it on its own. We need to create multi-stakeholder partnerships that will allow us to drive the necessary industrialization and industrial retrofitting processes forward.”
In his opening address, GMIS co-chair, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates, said, “Today, the UAE might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of manufacturing. But, as we stand on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is nations like the United Arab Emirates which have the most to gain, and the most to offer, amid rapid changes in the manufacturing sector.”
Delegates were asked to find long-term innovative solutions to the challenges faced by manufacturing industry, in particular in the context of the structural shift towards more innovation- and technology-oriented production, which will change the nature of manufacturing, reinvent the notion of work, redraw the traditional boundaries of industries, and create new sources of value for people, firms and entire economies.
As part of the opening ceremony, there was a panel discussion moderated by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the UAE Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs. The debate, between Ibrahim Saif, Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources; Joe Kaeser, Global CEO of Siemens, and Neils Caszo, President of the world’s largest youth-led organization, AIESEC International, focused on the role that manufacturing can play in restoring global prosperity, and how it can support the reconstruction of economies in crises whose populations have been forced to migrate.
The GMIS is expected to conclude with an agreement on a global vision of the future of manufacturing, as well as on some transformational ideas that will improve the livelihoods of all.
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