GMIS discusses the future of manufacturing in the SADC Region

GMIS discusses the future of manufacturing in the SADC Region

PRETORIA, 11 December 2019 - Around 200 participants attended Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) Connect Southern Africa, a regional discussion forum with the theme: “Advancing industrialization in Southern Africa: think globally, act locally- the impact of digital industrial transformation in Southern Africa”. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) co-organized the event in association with a number of counterparts, including the GMIS Organizing Committee, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA), and in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The first day of GMIS Connect Southern Africa saw a series of high-level discussion panels on the challenges and implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the SADC region, addressing global value chains; sustainability within regional value chains; and the need for industrial policy and innovation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals framework; and breakout sessions focusing on the agro-processing, mineral products and pharmaceutical sectors respectively. A number of local innovators, technologies and entrepreneurs also presented their advanced manufacturing innovations during the “lightning talks” segment, in association with the MBR initiative for Global Prosperity. Among the participants were Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa, and Helen Hai, UNIDO’s Goodwill Ambassador.

Government representatives included Vincent Merito, Vice President of the Seychelles; Soomilduth Bholah, Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives of Mauritius; Sekai Nzenza, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Zimbabwe; and Halebone Sets’abi, Minister of Trade and Industry of Lesotho.

On day two, participants were introduced to the “Enhancing the Quality of Industrial Policies” (EQUIP), industrial diagnostic and analysis methodology, jointly devised by UNIDO and GIZ, which promotes evidence-based policymaking for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The GIZ representative introduced the industrial policy training landscape in the region and UNIDO representative explained EQUIP’s new Industry 4.0 tool for industrial policymaking. Further information about EQUIP can be requested from UNIDO’s Anders Isaksson via email.

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) aims to harness the trajectory of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and advanced manufacturing technologies for inclusive and sustainable industrialization through global multi-stakeholder dialogue and action. GMIS Connect events are intended to gain local and regional experiences, expertise and perspectives in order to inform the third GMIS taking place from 20-21 April 2020 alongside the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Germany.

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For further information on GMIS Connect Southern Africa, please contact:

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, UNIDO