Innovation and connectivity required for a smooth transition to Industry 4.0

Innovation and connectivity required for a smooth transition to Industry 4.0

ABU DHABI, 5 November 2019 – On the sidelines of the 18th Session of its General Conference, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized an event on ‘Fostering Innovation and Connectivity for a Smooth Transformation to Industry 4.0’.

The event offered a platform for experts to explore new options to mobilize collective actions to foster collaboration, innovation, and connectivity in order to ensure a smooth transformation to Industry 4.0 as the challenges incurred by the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) require new thinking and new approaches.

The event also sought to increase awareness on industry standards and regulations for Industry 4.0, and highlighted the role of multi-stakeholder platforms that promote the development of innovation ecosystems.

“UNIDO will work with its Member States to build competencies and absorptive capacities in least developed and developing countries to prepare them for a smooth transformation to Industry 4.0”, said UNIDO Director General LI Yong. “UNIDO will foster partnerships with other international organizations, development finance institutions and private sector entities to mobilize resources for large-scale Industry 4.0 infrastructure projects”.

During the event, several new UNIDO publications were launched, namely ‘Nature-like and Convergent Technologies Driving the 4IR’, ‘Ensuring Industrial Safety - The Role of Government, Regulations, Standards and New Technologies’, ‘Bracing the New Industrial Revolution, Elements of a Strategic Response, Discussion Paper’, and ‘Unlocking the potential of Industry 4.0 for developing countries: Asia and Pacific’.

"A few years ago, an idea of implementing new information technologies and smart inventions in industries was perceived with skepticism, but today, we see that digital technologies are increasingly used for the sake of industrial safety," noted Alexander Rybas, State Secretary & Deputy Head of Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor).

The event concluded that, in order to embrace the opportunities from the development of Industry 4.0 technologies, collective actions are needed: a smooth transformation to Industry 4.0 can only be safeguarded by fostering innovation and connectivity. UNIDO will therefore continue to exercise its role on advancing frontier technologies to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The side event brought together government officials and policy makers, the international community, representatives of the private sector, academia, and the civil society.

For more information, please contact:

Olga Memedovic
Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division
Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII)