HANNOVER, 2 April 2019 – For the fifth year in a row, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) maintained high visibility at Hannover Messe - the world’s largest industrial and technology fair. Advancing economic competitiveness and strengthening knowledge and institutions are two of the four pillars of UNIDO, and Hannover Messe serves as an ideal venue for achieving and promoting these objectives: it covers the entire industrial value chain from research and development to complete manufacturing solutions; it is a platform where technology demands, including those of developing countries, meet technology supply.
By showcasing Industry 4.0 solutions to the key challenges faced by industrial enterprises worldwide, UNIDO again partnered with Hannover Messe to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing and emerging economies, as per the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2019, a line-up of exhibits, high-level business conferences and workshops drew attention of a record number of political and business delegations from all over the world. Sweden was the official partner country of Hannover Messe 2019.
A UNIDO booth, placed in the Global Business & Markets section, mobilized institutions and industrial enterprises to promote themselves for business lead generation, as well as for investment promotion and technology acquisition. In this respect, a strong presence of UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) from ITPO Bonn and ITPO Shanghai, UNIDO's Programme for Country Partnerships (PCPs), including Ethiopia, Morocco and Senegal and investment promotion institutions from Colombia (ProColombia) and Iraq was secured, joined by UNIDO’s partners such as the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
In his address during the inauguration ceremony of the UNIDO booth, the UNIDO Director General LI Yong said, “UNIDO’s vision and approach is based on enhancing collaboration with all stakeholders, in order to achieve common development objectives, especially in matters related to investment promotion.” Following the ceremony, UNIDO renewed its successful cooperation − which was first formalized in 2014 − by signing a new memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Messe AG (DMAG). The partners agreed to strengthen collaboration and to bundle efforts to link technology solution providers with technology beneficiaries.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, UNIDO also co-chairs the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), which serves as a platform to promote the Fourth Industrial Revolution and works to achieve a global consensus on the future of manufacturing benefitting all people. GMIS came to the Hannover Messe for the third consecutive year and organized a series of educational sessions at the GMIS booth dedicated to “Industry 4.0 and the Future of Manufacturing: Insights, Innovations and Design Thinking Methodologies for the New Digital Age”.
GMIS also hosted a Gala Dinner at the ExpoWhale around the topic of “Collaboration and Cooperation in the New Industrial Era”. During the dinner, GMIS representatives, UNIDO and DMAG sealed a joint partnership and agreed to host the third edition of the GMIS Summit on the margins of Hannover Messe 2020.
UNIDO’s Li also held talks with Bostjan Skalar, CEO of WAIPA. They discussed the modalities for engagement in joint investment promotion initiatives and technical assistance support to investment promotion agencies (IPAs). Li also informed WAIPA about the start of UNIDO’s large-scale investment promotion programme titled, “Supporting business-friendly and inclusive national and regional policies, and strengthening productive capabilities and value chains” for the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific region.
The UNIDO Director General also visited the Festo Didactic stand which is the world-leading provider of equipment and solutions for technical education. Representatives of Festo Didactic signed a joint declaration on future collaboration with UNIDO’s Li. Li further visited the stands of Siemens as well as FANUC.
There was also a bilateral meeting between the Director General and the Executive Board Member of the German Industrial Association (BDI), Stefan Mair, in which future cooperation potential between UNIDO and German industry was discussed for investment promotion, technology transfer and sensitization on industry 4.0 issues in developing countries.
In many of the discussions, the UNIDO Director General remarked: “What better place than Hannover Messe could there be in getting an impression of where technological change under the Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to take us in the decades to come.”
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