SHENZHEN, 26 March 2019 - More than 150 participants took part in GMIS Connect Shenzhen today to gather insights, experiences and knowledge regarding the Fourth Industrial Revolution landscape in China. The event was co-organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) Organizing Committee, in cooperation with the Federation of Shenzhen Industries and the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.
GMIS Connect Shenzhen featured two expert discussion panels, the first addressing industrial policy, innovation and Industry 4.0, while the latter reflected upon Industry 4.0 as an enabler for achieving the circular economy.
In her welcome address, LI Wu, Executive President, Federation of Shenzhen Industries, said "Shenzhen has risen quickly in recent years to become one of China’s leading industrial hubs, supplying the rest of the world with manufactured goods of all kinds from its port. Advanced manufacturing has become a hallmark of Shenzhen, and the next stage of this remarkable transformation will require the full embrace of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to create sustainable industrial development in the years ahead, and this partnership with the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is very much in alignment with this vision.”
ZHAO Xiaolei, Head of the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office Shanghai, in her address, stressed the importance of advanced manufacturing for industrial development and also for achieving a circular economy approach to production. She said: “The achievement of a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution can help China in its objectives of advancing to higher value industrial production and achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns… These twin objectives represent both a smart business proposition and climate friendly production.”
Namir Hourani, Managing Director, GMIS, presented the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity, an initiative which aims to unite the world’s leading manufacturers, start-ups and entrepreneurs, governments, UN agencies and philanthropists, academia and researchers, to form a community dedicated to spreading global prosperity through the art of ‘making’, utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies.
UNIDO Research and Industrial Policy Officer Adnan Seric then presented research concerning technology development and integration in regional and global value chains, including a recently released joint UNIDO-OECD publication entitled, “ Integrating Southeast Asian SMEs in Global Value Chains: Enabling Links with Foreign Investors”, funded by the Government of Canada. The study presents research and lessons learned from five southeast Asian countries.
The session concluded with a smart design thinking workshop, led by Kai Bruns, Senior Research and Innovation Manager, GMIS Organizing Committee, which prominently featured UNIDO case studies on the role of global value chains for facilitating technology development.
The takeaways and consensus points gathered at GMIS Connect Shenzhen will inform the 2019 GMIS Summit, taking place in July in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, which aims to elaborate a global consensus on the trajectory of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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