VIENNA, 27 November 2018 - Representatives of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and representatives of the private sector comprised the audience for an informative session on the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) to hear more about driving transformative industry change forward. Held on the sidelines of the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board, the session was jointly organized by UNIDO, the GMIS Organising Committee and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation.
The GMIS, a joint initiative between the United Arab Emirates and UNIDO, was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments, NGOs, technologists and investors harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) evolution of manufacturing to enable the regeneration of the global economy, fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.
A series of national and regional roadshows, held in high-income and developing countries, aim to build momentum and consensus that will contribute to forming the programme and agenda of the upcoming GMIS, which will take place in July 2019 in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia. The GMIS 2019 summit will be themed on ‘nature-inspired technologies’, highlighting the ways in which manufacturing is inspired by our environment and ecosystems.
UNIDO Deputy to the Director General, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, opened the session, noting that, “Today, we are seeing a growing convergence of digital and manufacturing industries. Advanced manufacturing technologies and processes, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, wearable technologies, and the Internet of Things, will revolutionize industry on a global scale.”
“Several countries have put strategies in place to capture the potential benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Yet these strategies tend to focus on only a few priority sectors: what is needed is a global perspective, fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said.
The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNIDO, Mikhail Ivanovich Ulyanov, also addressed participants, adding that the development of industry was one of the most important priorities for his country, including the construction of new industrial parks and manufacturing clusters and the development of digital solutions.
According to Ulyanov, GMIS is an important platform for discussing the whole complex of questions related to industrial development as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He also took the opportunity to cordially invite the audience to the second GMIS in July 2019 in Yekaterinburg.
The Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to UNIDO, Hamad Al Kaabi, underlined the strong relationship between UNIDO and his country and concluded, “As the United Arab Emirates moves to the planning of the second edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit, I am confident GMIS2019 will intensify the impact of innovation and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies on the global manufacturing sector through the worldwide dissemination of knowledge, best practices, and standards.”.
Badr Al-Olama, Head of the GMIS Organizing Committee said: “Although advances in technology are the backbone of a country's industrial competitiveness, we need a roadmap for the manufacturing industry that paves the way for it to be inclusive and sustainable. There are many who remain deprived of the impact of the digital age and we believe that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit provides a transformative platform for meaningful discussion and, potentially, action in this regard.”
“Our summit has attracted a multi-stakeholder audience from all over the world, and this only serves to bolster our efforts to make the world a better place by repositioning manufacturing as a means to promote global good and not just economic trade. We are delighted to be here today at the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board to share the ambitious vision set by the GMIS, and drive a global dialogue and consensus on the future of the sector.”
Veronika Peshkova, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador, who also participated at the session, hailed the potential for business matchmaking through GMIS, noting that “GMIS is a fruitful platform to exchange knowledge and meet potential clients and investors.” Furthermore, she noted the importance of gender equality, stating that if women play an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as $28 trillion could be added to global annual GDP by 2025.
Participants later joined an interactive session, where they could add their opinions and pose questions about the GMIS initiative, using the instant messaging application Slido. Ninety per cent of participants rated the session as four or five star in terms of its informativeness, according to the live Slido poll.
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