High-Level GMIS Panel debates the role of standards in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

High-Level GMIS Panel debates the role of standards in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

NEW YORK, 25 September 2019 – The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) convened a high-level panel on “Standards for digitalization of inclusive and sustainable value chains”, which was attended by over 130 public and private sector representatives as well as academia. Stressing the need for inclusive dialogue to enhance industrial standards and measurements within the Fourth Industrial Revolution, UNIDO Director General LI Yong said:

“We cannot hope to govern the Fourth Industrial Revolution with standards relating to a bygone era as the data capacities associated with machine-to-machine innovations are likely to be far more powerful than existing technologies. The measurement of standards may well be enhanced as a result. Multilateral forums will continue to provide us with the markers of progress; at the same time, forums such as GMIS will play a key role in facilitating discussions on how we implement these standards, and how we can overcome barriers in a variety of development contexts: I strongly believe that GMIS can amplify these important messages”.

Speakers exchanged opinions on how standards can help accelerate the digitalization of global value chains; including Ghanaian Minister of Trade Industry Alan Kyerematen; Peruvian Minister of Production Rocío Ingred Barrios, Mexican Secretary of Economy Graciela Marquez; World Bank Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships Mahmoud Mohieldin; and UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova.

“Despite the great benefits that we all anticipate the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring, the disruptive nature of these technologies is also likely to present a number of risks and uncertainties for all stakeholders”, said GMIS Organising Committee Head Badr Al Olama. Establishing a clear and reliable standards framework for these advanced technologies will help achieve inclusive and sustainable development in this age of rapid digital transformation, and make global value chains accessible to all. Working towards a standards framework will be high on the GMIS agenda as we continue to host our GMIS Connect Roadshows around the world and build towards the next edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, which will take place from 20 to 21 April 2020 at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology trade Show held annually in Hannover, Germany”.

“GMIS is a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and of the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates”, said UNIDO Director of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento. “GMIS seeks to harness the trajectory of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for inclusive and sustainable industrialization through multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships”.

All GMIS processes are fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal 9 that promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization. A series of GMIS Connect events will take place at national and regional level, in developed and developing countries ahead of the 3rd GMIS Summit. The GMIS high-level panel was convened on the margins of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

For more information, contact:

Anders Isaksson 

Senior Research and Industrial Policy Officer

UNIDO Research & Industrial Policy Advice Division