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The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)

What is the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)?

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments, multilateral organizations, technologists, the research community and investors, in order to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s transformative potential for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. A joint initiative between UNIDO and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, GMIS is a platform which helps us create new partnerships, initiatives and actions connected to digital manufacturing.

Previous Summits have been held in Abu Dhabi, Yekaterinburg and at Hannover Messe (virtually) respectively. The fourth edition of GMIS will be convened in parallel to Dubai Expo 2020, under the theme of “rewiring societies: repurposing digitalisation for prosperity” from 22 to 27 November 2021.

In addition to the plenary session, which will feature high level speakers from the worlds of policymaking, governance, the business sector and research community, GMIS 2021 will feature a number of additional elements, aiming to transition the Fourth Industrial Revolution from dialogue to action. Several thematic GMIS Working Groups have been established, addressing spillover issues, such as the Global Initiative on Future Industrial Safety(GIFIS); the creation of an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Performance Index (ISIP); the green chain initiative on decarbonization; and gender equality and women’s empowerment.

GMIS 2021 will also see advanced industrial exhibitions, side events and open days for the general public.

To learn more about the 2021 agenda and to register, click here.


What is the GMIS Digital Series?

The GMIS Digital Series is a high-level promotional webinar series, bringing together thought leaders from a multi-stakeholder perspective to address regional level concerns about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The GMIS Digital Series 2021 will address digital manufacturing challenges in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

To see the first episode in this series, addressing Latin American Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, click on the video below.

The remaining sessions will be broadcast in October 2021 via the GMIS Youtube Channel-


The 2020 Summit took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the auspices of Hannover Messe. GMIS 2020 addressed “glocalization: towards inclusive and sustainable value chains” and featured distinguished participants, including United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres; 5 Heads of State; 4 representatives of Heads of State; 13 government ministers; and over 10,000 online participants.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

15 November 2018 Trieste, Italy
1 October 2018 Geneva, Switzerland
25 September 2018 New York, United States
11 September 2018 Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 July 2018 Yekaterinburg, Russia
28 June 2018 Nice, France
11 May 2018 Toronto, Canada
25 April 2018 Hannover, Germany
28 August 2017 Beijing, China
12 October 2017 London, United Kingdom
9 October 2017 Vienna, Austria
6 October 2017 Dresden, Germany
1 March 2017 Madrid, Spain

Latest News from GMIS

  • UNIDO addresses the need for enhanced women's inclusion in Industry 4.0
    UNIDO addresses the need for enhanced women's inclusion in Industry 4.0

    Yekaterinburg, 10 July 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a panel discussion on ‘Industry needs Women: Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment in the Context of Digitalization’ during the second Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Sum

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Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Managing Director, Directorate of Digitilization, Technology and Agribusiness and Director, Department of Digitilization, Technology and Innovation, UNIDO.


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