GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit tackles glocalization and inclusive and sustainable value chains

GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit tackles glocalization and inclusive and sustainable value chains

VIENNA, 3 September - A high-level audience of international policymakers, private sector leaders, renowned academics and civil society representatives are addressing “glocalization: towards inclusive and sustainable value chains” during the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation (GMIS) 2020 Virtual Summit taking place online from 4- 5 September.

The third edition of GMIS was originally scheduled to take place in April alongside Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade exhibition and fair, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with the accelerated digitalization of society at this time, GMIS co-chairs - the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates  - agreed to convene GMIS 2020 as a virtual summit, allowing viewers to watch the discussions from the safety and comfort of their homes or workspaces.

GMIS 2020 will host a high-level representation of national and international policymakers, including:

  • His Royal Highness Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, Crown Prince of Jordan
  • João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of Angola;
  • Armen Sarkissian, President of Armenia;
  • Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil;
  • Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia;
  • Nana Akufo Addo, President of Ghana;
  • Nevin Gamea, Minister of Trade and Industry, representing Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt;
  • António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General;
  • LI Yong, Director General, UNIDO;
  • Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

 A series of expert panel discussions will seek to explore how the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact on various aspects of the international economy, environment and society, and how digital transformation can be leveraged for the creation of shared prosperity in the spirit of the Abu Dhabi Declaration. These will address themes as diverse as Germany’s Marshall Plan for Africa; digital restoration; policymaking during a recession; advanced robotics; standardization; energies of the future; telecommunications, health and education; and glocalization, inter alia.

Following the Summit, the GMIS Digital Series will convene a series of expert webinars addressing various thematic aspects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to build on the momentum of the GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit.

To view the previously broadcast UNIDO-led webinars on Society 5.0 and glocalization, please click here.

To view the GMIS 2020 Virtual Summit, register here.

To learn more about the agenda, click here.

For further information, contact:

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, UNIDO