Post-Covid recovery, role of industrials highlight GMIS

Leaders and industry experts will discuss and debate the best ways to prepare for the post-Covid-19 recovery and determine the role of the industrial sector to accelerate this recovery at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS).

To be held at Expo Dubai on November 22 and 23, the fourth edition of the summit will discuss the role of technology in shaping the future of industries and how to take advantage of the opportunities and solutions it presents to address various challenges, said Dr Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

The event, co-chaired by the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, will be the second summit the UAE hosts, after holding the inaugural edition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution has contributed to the rapid development of the industrial sector in a short period of time. It is essential to discuss the role of technology in shaping the future of industries and how to take advantage of the opportunities and solutions it presents to address various challenges,” said Al Jaber.

“We are confident that hosting the Summit alongside Expo Dubai will give impetus to this important event that promotes cross-border collaboration to shape the future of industries and contribute to global economic growth. Furthermore, it highlights the distinguished position of the UAE and the pioneering role the country plays in supporting initiatives that serve the interests of humanity,” said Al Jaber.

GMIS brings together leaders from the global manufacturing and technology communities to discuss, debate, and shape the future of manufacturing. The summit aims to place manufacturing at the heart of economic regeneration and government policymaking, and utilise technology as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration. “Hosting the event at Expo Dubai will position industrialisation at the centre of the global dialogue, reinforcing the sector’s important role in driving economic growth and global prosperity,” organisers said.

Inspired by Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the summit will explore how the fourth industrial revolution can be utilised to enhance productivity across the manufacturing ecosystem and create shared value for organisations and society.

“As the world recovers from the unprecedented disruptions caused by Covid-19, the emphasis on digitalisation of industries, and the need to create an ecosystem that can seamlessly connect and operate across platforms and geographies, has become critical for survival.”

Li Yong, director-general of Unido, said GMIS partnership with Dubai Expo enables the organisation to reach a global audience of policymakers, private sector companies, research partners and civil society organisations. “The future of manufacturing must be inclusive, one that leaves no one behind. A future that creates feasible mechanisms, allowing women, young people, SMEs and developing countries to claim a fair stake in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. GMIS 2021 will be a catalyst for transformative ideas and actions,” said Yong.


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