Manufacturers play a crucial role in the exponentially evolving world economy. They generate wealth for investors, pay taxes to governments and employ half a billion people worldwide. They are also facing challenges from rapid transformations in technology and global value chains that are driven by the fluctuating impact of the digital revolution, automation and geopolitical reordering. These challenges can no longer be resolved in isolation, they require a global solution – a solution that will also connect manufacturing closer to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), for the benefits of businesses as well as the communities they serve.
The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 as an industry association to build bridges between manufacturers, governments & NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s transformation of manufacturing to the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), GMIS is a platform that presents the manufacturing sector with an opportunity to contribute towards global good, working to the benefit of all.
GMIS is the world’s first cross-industrial and cross-functional platform that offers a voice and venue for leaders to transform manufacturing, encourage greater investment in capabilities, foster innovation and drive global skills development. Uniting influential delegates, including visionary world leaders, expert industry CEOs and specialist researchers and academics, the summit aims to place manufacturing at the heart of economic regeneration and government policymaking, utilising it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.
In July 2019, the manufacturing community gathered together in the city of Yekaterinburg – the industrial heartland of Russia – for the second edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, #GMIS2019.
First announced by President Vladimir Putin in May 2018, #GMIS2019 was held under the theme of ‘nature-inspired technologies’ – also known as biomimetic design and biomimicry – the science of mapping design challenges to the natural world to find innovative solutions. The 2019 summit explored the impact of innovation and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies on the global manufacturing sector through the worldwide dissemination of knowledge, best practices and standards, while highlighting the role of manufacturing in enabling global prosperity through advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Under the theme – Glocalisation: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Global Value Chains, the virtual edition of #GMIS2020 bought together high-profile thought-leaders and business pioneers from around the world, for the very first time, to shape the future of manufacturing, to discuss the impact of a crisis on global value chains, and highlight the role of 4IR technologies in restoring in restoring economic and social activities.
Topics discussed by experts at the GMIS Virtual Summit included: