Glocalisation: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Global Value Chains


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  • 10:00-10:10 Welcome Address

  • 10:15- 10:55 The Policymakers’ Challenge: Regulate or innovate: What must come first?

    The collective impact of digitalisation will alter the global distribution and organisation of production and value chains. Technologies associated with 4IR pose both opportunities and challenges for countries participating in GVCs. The panel will discuss the implications of a likely disparity of 4IR technology adoption in developed and developing countries and opportunities to comply with the goals of inclusive industrial development (SDG9). More importantly, should regulation to avoid potential risk come first? Or should application be allowed to progress while developed and developing countries alike are learning from it? Related issues are the following?

    • How will robotics, big data and the internet of things impact workers around the world?
    • Should 4IR progress be halted until we’ve figured out how to regulate it to support developing nations?
    • What policies do governments need to prepare their countries in general for the future of 4IR use in manufacturing?
    • What policy measures can developing economies consider in order to move up the technological ladder, increase their contribution to GVCs and ensure a growing GDP?
  • 10:55-11:45 Panel Discussion: Digital value chains: Building a superhighway for inclusive and sustainable industrial development

    For digital value chains to expand and deliver on their global prosperity promise, key enabling factors need to be set in motion on a worldwide scale. This session will dive deeper into these factors, focusing on:

    • What role does standardisation play as an enabler to digital value chains?
    • How can connectivity and advanced technology help the advancement of digital value chains?
    • What policies are in place to protect data and assure against cyber threats?
  • 11:40-12:20 Expert Talks: Migration and SMEs: Capacity building for survival and success

    SMEs account for 80-99% of firms in any given country, and 60-70% of global employment. While SMEs are usually under-represented in GVCs, the digital economy provides new opportunities for SMEs to play a more active role as propagators and instigators of 4IR. By using appropriate technologies, SMEs can become better integrated in GVCs. This would contribute to the goal of inclusive industrial development (SDG9) but also poverty reduction (SDG1) and reduced inequalities (SDG 10). This session will evaluate the questions of:

    • In what way do local SMEs and marginalised regions get engaged – or not – in the uptake of 4IR technology? How can 4IR technologies be used to include and integrate marginalised regions and SMEs in global value chains?
    • What policy measures need to be developed to ensure accelerated uptake of technology through developing country SMEs and their integration in value chains?
    • What evidence exists for local SME participation in international trade and production networks and how does digitilisation affect SME contributions to GVCs?
    • What opportunities and challenges exist in SMEs participating in the digital economy?
    • How can SMEs adoption and use of digital technologies be enhanced?
    • In cases of skilled labour migration from one country to another, what potentials exist to use skilled labor force without jeopardizing local SME development?
    • How can skilled labor be promoted in developing countries and be involved in local production that becomes integrated in global value chains?
    • What are good examples of policy measures and public-private partnership initiatives that can foster skills development across global value chains?


    Engin Eroglu, MEP (Member of the European Parliament), European Parliament

    Bright Simons, Founder & President, MPedigree

  • 12:20-13:00 Panoramic Panel: The future of production: organic growth or light-speed?

    More than two thirds of world trade occur through Global Value Chains (GVCs) where production crosses borders before making it to final assembly lines. Digital developments are transforming these GVCs further by creating a new digital thread across the chain, allowing for applying advanced systems of traceability and improved logistics and planning.

    • How would the local adoption of digital value chains help transfer knowledge, build capabilities and spread prosperity in developing and local economies helping to respond to goals of innovation (SDG9) and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)?
    • How will initiatives into roads and infrastructure, such as China’s BRI, affect local production and digital value chain expansion?
    • What measures exist to mitigate the negative effects of digital value chains on local labour markets in developing economies to better comply with goals of decent work and economic growth (SDG 8)?
    • How can digital value chains help mitigate the risks facing developed countries associated with aging workforces, migration and expanding gap between socio-economic classes to be able to deliver on the goal of reducing inequalities (SDG 10)?
    • Is the comparative advantage of natural resources as determinants of GVC strategic decisions eroded in the presence of new technologies and digital value chains?

  • 10:00 - 10:30 OPENING IN CENTER STAGE

  • 10:45 - 11:35 The Trailblazers’ Session: Thrive or survive? Industrial IoT trends for competitive advantage

    The only way manufacturers can stay ahead of competitors and win market share in today’s quickly morphing markets is to embrace change. Those who wish to thrive and not just survive must leverage latest growth-inducing 4IR technologies. Join the industry trailblazers in this session to understand the latest trends in IoT technology and how it can assist manufacturers to grow sustainably and comply with the goal of innovation and inclusive growth (SDG9). The issues to be discussed include:

    • What are the potential returns on investment of implementing IoT technology?
    • How does IoT enable a shift from Business to Business (B2B) to more integrated models of Business to Business to Consumers (B2B2C)?
    • How can IoT technology be leveraged to create competitive advantages for local producers in international value chains?
    • What needs to happen to use the analysis of big data to create more value added in manufacturing products?
  • 11:35-12:20 Panel Discussion: Here comes the machine revolution; unleashing smart machines to conquer production

    In the next few decades manufacturing will be virtually unrecognisable. The majority of advanced companies are planning investments in artificial intelligence in the next year. This presents a great opportunity to enhance societal prosperity and reinforce sustainable growth responding to the goals of economic growth (SDG8) and improved well-being (SDG3). Transforming conventional computing into a cognitive sys­tem in order to pave the way towards the large influx of data and the complexity of analytics, the new era of cognitive manufacturing will revolutionise the factories of the future. This session explores the following issues:

    • What are upcoming trends and innovations in hyper-connected intel­ligent machines and advanced artificial intelligence?
    • How will output and efficiency be affected by comprehensive cognitive operations?
    • How can the returns on investments in artificial intelligence be optimised? How can the investments be made in a collaborative manner and within partnerships that bring maximum benefits to all participating companies?
    • What are the risks associated with the adoption of artificial intelligence on the societal, organisational and individual levels?


    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sama Mbang, Manager Digitalization and Simulation Manufacturing Load cases, Daimler

    Steven Walker, CTO, Lockheed Martin

  • 12:20 – 12:50 Flash Talk: The golden era of robots

    Manufacturing automation has been common since the 1970s. Advances in technology, including robotics, big data, machine learning, AI, and the IoT have improved factory production since then. This session will shed insight on robotics trends that are driving the evolution of manufacturing automation.


    Chris Moehle, Partner, Coal Hill Ventures and the Robotics Hub

    Frederik Brantner, Founder & CEO, Magazino GmbH


  • 10:00 - 10:30 OPENING IN CENTER STAGE

  • 10:15 - 11:00 The Hot Topic: Can AI save our planet?

    The evolution of 4IR technology, such as IoT, big data analytics, and cyber–physical systems, among others, still have an unknown potential impact on sustainability and the environment and compliance with the goals of climate action (SDG13) and sustainable industrial development (SDG9). The pattern of current production and its sourcing methods is proving unsustainable and environmentally harmful. Society, public sector, and non-governmental organizations are demanding that the industrial sector produce in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner. This requirement is genuine since it has become evident that production, when focused only on profit, leads to an unequal distribution of wealth, poor working conditions, the depletion of environmental stocks and the overexploitation of ecological services. The advent of 4IR, with its potential for efficiency, circular manufacturing and zero-waste, can be the long-awaited solution to many environmental concerns.

    • How can 4IR support production within the paradigm of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency?
    • What are the benefits and competitive advantages of producing in an environmental proactive way?
    • What are the policy changes, regulations and standards required to assure that 4IR adaptation leads to a positive environmental impact?
    • Identifying 4IR characteristics that offer a plausible opportunity for integration with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • 11:00-11:50 Panel Discussion: Innovative value-chain approaches in conflict-affected areas

    Armed conflict, political strife and ongoing civil unrest in some parts of the world are creating pockets of disengaged communities that have been missing out on the opportunities presented by industrialisation for economic growth. 4IR and its technological advancements have the potential to permeate the physical and invisible borders surrounding conflict-affected areas and give residents the digital freedom to break out and achieve economic and social prosperity.

    • How can 4IR technology achieve peace for populations affected by armed conflict?
    • How can the international community provide support and what tools are needed for this to happen?
    • What are the challenges and how can these be overcome to keep the peace?

    Eng. Khaled Al-Salem, Director General, Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “MODON”

  • 11:50-12:40 Panel Discussion: Can we digitise global value chains to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

    The SDGs aim at a better and more sustainable future for all, and provide a global development framework that favors collective action by all countries. Adopted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, this session will take stock of global progress on the SDGs with special attention to the links between the transformation of manufacturing and production chains with societal and economic goals. Main issues to be discussed in the session include:

    • How sustainable and inclusive are global value chains currently and how likely they are going to be in the future after the application of new technologies?
    • How can companies participating in GVCs as lead firms commit to sustainable economic development through compliance with environmental protection standards, gender equity, labour standards and benefits, community development and quality assurance in ways that benefit both the business’ and society’s overall development?
    • How can government programmes and development agencies provide support to GVC actors that face challenges to participate, apply new technology or comply with standards?


  • 14:00-15:00 Official Opening Remarks

  • 15:00-16:00 The Keynote Panel: A Trillion Dollar Question: How can we progress in an age of disruption?

    We are living in an age of disruption. Technology is disrupting job progression and business models, while armed conflict, political polarisation, and protectionist measures are detracting from economic growth and long-term goals. How can we progress under these circumstances? What role will Governments and companies play to support the development of global manufacturing? Why is digitalisation important? How does standardisation come into the foray? How will developing countries keep up with these trends? What will the global value chain look like in a few years’ time and how will developing countries be integrated within it?


    Joe Kaeser, CEO, Siemens

  • 16:00-17:00 Hyde Park Corner Debate: Do we agree to disagree on digital standardisation?

    The vast variety of 4IR technologies make it difficult for companies to choose technologies relevant for them. It is argued that standardisation of these technologies could help companies decide which ones are useful. This is more complicated than it sounds, given the large variety of technologies and their innovative and changing nature. This session will review the current trends in absorbing digital technology worldwide and evaluate the opportunities for a systematisation of such technologies through international institutions to create transparency and standards. The following questions are prevalent in this respect:

    Is it important to have internationally recognised standards for 4IR technologies?

    Can the great variety of digital technological solutions be adequately categorised and standardised? How does the international standardisation landscape look like? How far have the national and international standards bodies, research institutions and the relevant political ministries reached?

    • How can standards be applied in an age of ever-increasing personalised manufacturing?
    • How can the multitude of international bodies relevant to 4IR standardisation work together to achieve international standardisation of 4IR technologies?
    • Are there any regulatory challenges affecting the dissemination and application of international standards?


    Ansgar Hinz, CEO, VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies

    Hermongene Nsengimana, Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation

    Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation, UNIDO

  • 17:15 END OF DAY ONE

  • 18:30 GMIS Evening Reception - ExpoWal

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  • 10:00 - 10:10 Keynote

  • 10:10-10:45 Panoramic Panel: Inclusivity in an age of diversity and disparity

    European countries are taking full advantage of 4IR technologies to support and advance their industrial sectors. Most European countries have set their own 4IR strategies, and as digital transformation brings new technologies, services, or business models to Europe, it requires a clear and supportive regulatory environment. Europe is in the midst of economic and political challenges that are forcing many countries on the continent to take stands towards global issues that will affect their industrial policies. These issues include an ageing workforce, migration, climate change, protectionism policies and international relations. This session will take a deep dive into these issues as they related to 4IR assimilation and dissemination throughout Europe.

    • What are strategies for 4IR technology adoption in the context of an ageing workforce and migration?
    • How do policy frameworks look that foster 4IR technology use in the age of protectionism policies and deteriorating international relations?
    • What potentials exist in the use 4IR technologies to mitigate climate change?
    • What are experiences in 4IR technology assimilation and dissemination?


    Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General, Consumer, Unity and Trust Society (CUTS)

  • 10:45 -11:30 Energies of the future: towards alternative and cleaner forms of energy

    Energy in the coming decades will look very different. But how? And more so, how can 4IR help ensure sustainable resources of energy for the factories of the future? The energy system must deliver access to safe, secure and reliable energy in an affordable and sustainable manner. The problem that exists is that for about 2 billion people, access to progressive energy solutions is still not available and affordability remains an unresolved issue. 4IR technologies will heavily steer the future of energy – as they blur the lines between physical, digital and biological spheres, from automation to AI, from big data to biotech. Bringing reliable, affordable energy to poorer and more remote regions is a necessary step towards closing the digital divide – which, in turn, will offer opportunities for those regions to plunge into the newest, digital-enabled technologies and vice versa.

    Renewably produced hydrogen is playing a bigger role in the conversation around future energy supplies in manufacturing. The transition from a high-carbon to a low-carbon energy system, with the increasing competitiveness of wind and solar are now massively shifting the investment in power generation towards these renewable technologies in developed and developing countries alike. 4IR technologies are making energy more flexible and productive. Renewables could grow to around 27% of total final energy consumption for global manufacturing by 2030, assuming the availability of low-cost, and sustainable, biomass sources as well as reduced capital costs for emerging technologies, and potentially around 34% if carbon-emissions pricing is widely implemented. Yet based on the limited deployment plans and policies today, this figure would remain at its current level of 10%. Manufacturing represents 54% of the world’s energy consumption and is responsible for 20% of global emissions. Increases in efficiency driven by technology can help reduce materials consumption and CO2 emissions. The manufacturing industry faces challenges in reducing carbon emissions from sectors such as aviation, shipping, trucking, heavy industry and high-intensity heat. But decarbonizing these sectors, with today’s innovative technology is both doable and affordable. This panel will explore the following:

    • What will be the social impact of future changes in the energy sector?
    • Green Hydrogen Energy: what are the applications? How can we work globally to build a hydrogen based economy and shift toward a zero-emissions world?
    • What will this mean for the future of manufacturing? How can 4IR technologies help expedite countries’ goals towards a cleaner and green economy?
    • How will this energy transition benefit energy security and resilience?
    • How can the global community strengthen the value-chain for low-carbon industry and hydrogen technologies?
    • What policies are being developed to ensure the support of the low-carbon emission processes and reduction of manufacturing energy costs?

    Ali AlZaabi, COO, ENEC

  • 11:30-12:20 Future Talks: How is 5G technology game-changing for the manufacturing sector?

    The 5G wireless communication standard is the next technological revolution in broadband communication and it’s already upon us with countries like Germany, USA and UAE already launching it in 2020.  5G is expected to open up whole new possibilities for industry and manufacturing. But is it all it’s hyped up to be? This discussion will focus on:

    • What are the expected effects of the application of 5G technology on the industrial sector?
    • What sorts of preparations are industrial users making for 5G? What are their expectations and requirements?
    • Are public networks operated by communications service providers geared to the infrastructural needs of industrial users? What are the solutions available to industrial users until full 5G infrastructure is achieved and delivery on the goal of improved communication infrastructure (SDG9) are in place?
    • What are the expected returns for industrial users who are planning on investing in overhauling their network infrastructure to accommodate for 5G applications?


    Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director, Smart Internet Lab / Co-director, Bristol Digital Futures Institute, University of Bristol

    Philippe Poggianti, Vice President, Head of End-to-End 5G Solutions, Europe, Nokia

    Dr. Patricia Solaro, Member of the Executive Board, German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer’s Association (ZVEI)

    Gareth Mills, Partner, Charles Russel Speechlys

    Arun Bansal, President, Europe and Latin America, Ericsson

  • 12:20-13:00 The Industry Leaders Forum: Can we future-proof ourselves by adopting smart technologies?

    4IR technologies, including artificial Intelligence, robotics, and IoT, have the potential to enhance the capacity of informed decision making, affecting all industry sectors and demanding high skilled professionals to operate the machines. Organisations are at risk for underappreciating and underinvesting in this crucial area. Educational strategies and policies across the globe are required to keep up with the fast-changing employment needs of the industrial sector whose demand for technologically skilled professionals grows exponentially. Educational systems need to change towards new curricula and new means of continuous education complying with the goal of improved quality of education (SDG4). Related issues include the following:

    • How real is the risk of technology driving greater levels of unemployment, or will technology open up new jobs in the future?
    • What measures can be taken to help shape job creation in 4IR? How are industries responding to the growing needs of the current workforce for skills-upgrading and training?
    • What educational reforms are required to align education systems with the needs of innovative industries and the rapid advancements associated with the adoption of 4IR technologies?
    • How do we ensure that 4IR technologies are adopted safely?

    Frank-Andreas Hatzack, Futurist and Senior Advisor, Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies

    Harald Kayser, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC Europe

    Wendy Perry, Managing Director (Workforce BluePrint) and Entrepreneurship Facilitator (Switch Start Scale), Workforce BluePrint and Switch Start Scale

    Richard Clegg, CEO, Lloyd’s Register Foundation


  • 10:00-11:45 Ask the CEO: Co-opetition and co-creation; a new form of collusion or creativity?

    The success of digital technology in manufacturing is dependent on factors such as overall adoption by all parties, investment costs, human resources deployed, skills development and more. One factor that stands out and merits further discussion is the role played by international cooperation between private sector, public establishments and international organisations to support dissemination of information, technology and skills worldwide complying also with the goal of partnering across countries and institutions (SDG17). This session will review the opportunities and challenges facing industry leaders and policymakers alike as they seek further collaboration to increase productivity and benefit from all prospects posed by 4IR across the globe.

    • What is the role of industry agreements in creating market opportunities for small and large corporations?
    • What advantages can joint ventures offer across the digital value chain?
    • Which multi-level and multi-stakeholder partnerships for technological transfer in Global Value Chains can be pictured?
    • Are there regulatory issues specific to 4IR that need to be taken into consideration by those entering into partnerships and joint ventures?
  • 10:45-11:30 Ask the CFO: ICO’s; is this the new age of financing?

    4IR machines, technology and equipment are revolutionising manufacturing by digitalising production processes, quality assurance, maintenance, planning, forecasting, innovation and discovery, time to market, supply chain efficiency, and many other aspects of the manufacturing eco-system. Digital data capture and data flow is enabling a degree of flexibility and efficiency that dramatically lowers production costs while increasing scale, agility and profitability. How quickly can that be sustainably achieved, and more importantly for most manufacturers, at what cost?

    • What are the commercial benefits of digital technology adoption?
    • What are the financing options and techniques available to smaller corporations to implement their digital transformation?
    • How can joint ventures and partnerships support the acquisition and financing of digital technology?
    • How can partnerships support inclusive and sustainable industrial development?

    Ralf Kubli, Director, CV VC

    Meryem Duygun, Co-Director, Global Centre for Banking and Financial Innovation, University of Nottingham

  • 11:30-12:15 The Heavy Weights Panel: Physical and virtual compatibility: making heavy industries fast, lean and resilient

    It’s not an easy job if you are an executive in the heavy industries sector. You are most likely looking at how to transform your frequently large and conservative operation into agile enterprises capable of meeting new competition and opportunity head on with faster, leaner and more resilient operations. You are also under societal and legislative pressure to conserve energy, use fewer natural resources and ensure environmental sustainability. This session will offer unique insight into these challenges:

    • Using 4IR technologies to identify gaps, needs and resource requirements
    • Difficulties and challenges facing heavy industries in adopting 4IR technologies
    • How can 4IR support the dissemination of circular manufacturing in heavy industries?


    Gustavo Brito, Digital Industry Director, IHM- Stefanini

  • 12:15-13:00 Views from the Private Sector: Is creating shared value (CSV) the new CSR?

    Traditional CSR programmes of global companies have focused on humanitarian aid, education and improving living conditions of people in developing countries. However, large players in global value chains may need to consider their responsibility in the development of producers (suppliers) in developing countries and ensure they source sufficient products from people that are in need of development while helping them in the adoption of the right technologies to produce high quality outputs. Issues to be discussed during the session include:

    • How far can global companies go in sourcing products from less developed companies?
    • Can global players develop voluntary standards for the industry (similar to fair-trade for example) that ensure sourcing of materials from less developed environments
    • How can global companies support SMEs to adopt and use advanced (digital) technologies?

    Drs Daan Elffers, Founder and CEO, EMG Group

    Mr. Patrice Fonlladosa, Member of the Strategic Committee, Avisa Partners

    Ms Sabine Content, Director Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement, GRI

    Dr. Gerhard Hrebicek, President, European Brand Institute (EBI)

  • 10:00-13:00 Technologies and Industrial Safety - INNOVATION THEATRE

  • 10:00-10:45 Panel: Developing a digital blueprint: making it happen anywhere and everywhere

    Innovation is paramount in modern manufacturing, but even the most ambitious manufacturers struggle with the technology, infrastructure, and executive support they need to realise their goals. IoT infrastructure is most-cited as the primary disruptor in manufacturing (16%), and most-cited as the number-one technology or capability manufacturers require to transition to the “factory of the future”. This session will tell the story of the challenges of this transition and how factories are utilising 4IR technologies, to create efficient, cost-effective and smart manufacturing facilities.

  • 10:45-11:00 Additive Manufacturing Lightning Talks: Logistics 4.0: digitise, transmit, print

    It seems like it was only yesterday that the world of manufacturing started to hear about 3D printing, let alone use it in industrial manufacturing. Currently, innovators are taking steps to go beyond the 3D printing model into 4D printing, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for industrial use. This session will shed light on new trends in additive manufacturing and what they mean for the future of the sector.


    Andre Wegner, Founder and CEO, Authentise

  • 11:00-11:45 Cost, safety, workforce: the Bermuda triangle of self-driving cars

    It has been well documented that self-driving vehicles will have an immense impact on individual consumer travel, but it will also greatly impact logistics and supply chain management as well. Why and how will supply chains be impacted? What effect will this have on the current workforce? This session will focus on:

    • Cost; how much will it cost companies and logistics centres to overhaul their operations and invest in robotic transport systems?
    • Safety measures; how safe will autonomous B2C delivery and logistics really be? How can companies, and policy makers alike, ensure the safety of personnel and the general public?
    • Workforce; what effect will the dissemination of robotic transport have on the existing workforce? How do companies and policy makers plan to mitigate the associated lack of employment risk?
  • 11:45-12:15 Case Study: Bringing VAR to the shopfloor

    The extra layer of digitalisation produced by using AR and its counterpart, VR, is not immediately visible when it comes to industrial machinery. This session will offer real-life case studies of augmented and virtual reality applications that have the potential to change the operational processes of factories and manufacturing facilities, saving time, money and energy.


    Elizabeth Baron, VP, Immersive Solutions, Silverdraft Supercomputing

    Mike Eissele, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), TeamViewer

  • 12:15-13:00 Expert Talks: Big data = Big opportunities

    The amount of data produced by digital technology is massive. One of the main challenges facing organisations is how to interpret all this data and make use of it in ways to benefit them and their consumers. This in-depth discussion with industry leaders will shed light on:

    • Organisational capabilities and resources available for data interpretation and analysis
    • Data-driven manufacturing and ensuring quality data only is used in decision making
    • When does manufacturing process data pass its useful life and can be deleted?


    Marcus Borba, Founder, Borba Consulting



  • 14:00-14:50 Europe and USA: What does the future hold for international trade policy?

    Manufacturing has always been integral to the European and US economies. However, now manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic stand at a critical point. As demographics and economic climates shift, trade barriers increase and partnering with technology leaders is less open-source and restricted, companies find it more difficult to innovate and stay competitive, especially in view of the competition in Asia. This session will review the challenges and opportunities facing European and US manufacturing, including:

    • Growing skills gap in the workforce
    • The effects of migration on workforce and consumer markets for industrial products
    • Global competition and a growing protectionist policy
    • Adoption of new technologies, not only on the factory floor, but also in sales, marketing and supply chain management to remain globally competitive
    • Rapid upscaling of small and medium manufacturers to the appropriate technologies, thus ensuring that the small suppliers can meet the needs of the large manufacturers, the market, and the world


    Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce

  • 14:50-15:40 Africa and the Middle East: Can manufacturing overcome conflict and instability?

    Industrialisation is still nascent in both regions and most policy-makers believe that manufacturing will guarantee job-creation and future prosperity for their countries. However, both regions are riddled with issues and challenges, including armed conflict, political instability and declining economic conditions. If trade between the two regions could be intensified, could there be benefits to be realized from the differences in economic structures and specialisations?

    • What are the key drivers and policy constraints for manufacturing in both regions? Why have they lagged behind in industrialisation and adoption of digital technology?
    • What impact will digitisation have on industrial production and the integration in global value chains?
    • How can manufacturing and digital technologies create opportunities for the regions?


    Eng. Khaled Al-Salem, Director General, Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “MODON”

    • How can both regions produce at a competitive rate and what would they produce?
    • What impact will de-globalisation, protectionist policies and localised manufacturing have on the region’s manufacturing future?
  • 15:40-16:30 South East Asia and Latin America: Will digital transformation bridge the wealth between South and North?

    It is claimed that 4IR technology has the potential to reinvigorate SEA’s manufacturing, potentially delivering productivity gains worth $216 billion to $627 billion. On the other hand, Latin America seems to be far from picturing such benefits. Is it that technological advances have less benefits in Latin America? Structure and skills wise, Latin America could eventually reap much more benefits from 4IR and become better integrated in global value chains. The two regions, given their different economic structure, could also improve the exchange of manufactured goods and technologies. The session will explore different growth path and strategies for development in the two regions with particular focus on:

    • What is the status of integration of the two regions in GVCs?
    • How will the local and regional value chain be affected by the digital transformation of the regions?
    • How will the manufacturing footprint in 10-15 years’ time look like for SEA and Latin America?
    • How can Latin American countries accelerate the deployment and adoption of digital manufacturing technologies? How can they partner with SEA to accelerate technological development?


    Douglas Foo, President, Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)


  • 14:00- 14:50 Lessons learned from corporations completing industry 4.0

  • 14:50-15:40 Expert Talks: Women in Leadership in Industry 4.0

    Women and girls are often negatively affected by integration in global value chains. There is sufficient evidence showing that they are: losing jobs when companies start producing for global brands, or they remain employed to perform tasks that require minimal skills and are thereby underpaid. Moreover, women and girls are not often provided the necessary tools and knowledge to develop their digital skills in emerging markets. The manufacturing industry is in a state of reinvention; whereby in Western countries, women are becoming pioneers and leaders in the industry. Therefore, educating and empowering women in emerging markets is critical to the future of industry, not only in terms of innovation and growth, but the overall improvement of emerging market economies. This session explores the effects of countries integrating in global value chains on women employment and remuneration.

    • Can digitalisation in the industrial sector advance gender equality in manufacturing, promoting women as innovators and entrepreneurs?
    • How can the UN best facilitate and promote investments toward access to digital skills and economic opportunities for women and girls?
    • What policy measures and public-private initiatives can be implemented to promote the role of women in science, technology, engineering and production?
    • What are some of the lessons learned and best practices that can be adopted by emerging markets from Western countries, where we now see women leading in the industry?


    Peggy Gulick, Director, Digital Transformation, Global Manufacturing, AGCO

    William Reichert, Partner, Charles Russel Speechlys

    Chiara Corazza, Managing Director, Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

  • 15:40-16:30 Green Talks: The millennial investor: taking a green view

    Many countries are adopting green economy strategies based on reuse and recycling of product materials to sustain resources for a better future. Are investors following suit? This session examines green funding trends across the globe, focusing on:

    • How are emerging tech­nologies, affecting and driving industrial investment in sustainable manufacturing methods?
    • What type of investments are being made into industries and businesses that support green manufacturing?
    • What further action can be taken by international organisations, governments and private sector to enhance investment and financing for the purpose of using 4IR for the advancement of circular economy strategies and actions?


    Sebastian Barleben, Director, Investment Banking (Industrial Technology, Automotive, and Capital Goods), Credit Suisse

    Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer, Bee’ah

    Jason Dekker, CEO, GoChain

    Stefan Sicars, Director of the Department of Environment, UNIDO


  • 14:00-14:20 Flash Talk: Will Blockchain eliminate jobs?

    According to Forbes, by 2023 30% of manufacturing companies with more than $5B in revenue will have implemented 4IR pilot projects using blockchain. Is all the hype around blockchain real? This session will shed light on the following:

    • Blockchain applications in the field of manufacturing
    • The expected ROI of implementing blockchain; is it worth the hype?
    • Challenges in implementation and how to overcome them

    John O’Shea, Business Intelligence & Transformation, Dell Technologies

  • 14:20-15:00 Expert Talks: Can big data, AI and 3D Printing revolutionise the chemicals industry?

    For many years the global chemicals industry has been fighting declining margins, product commoditisation, rapidly expanding competition in developing countries, and customers demanding more at lower prices. Although a wide range of digital advances — including the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data, and wide-area networks — are transforming virtually every industry, chemicals companies have by and large stayed on the sidelines. This session will offer an insider view into the changes taking place in the chemical industry and the impact 4IR may have on tipping the scales in its favour.

    • Highlighting the technological and digital advances that have the potential to change the chemicals industry as we know it
    • Is there a business case for implementing digital services in chemicals companies and manufacturers?
    • How and where do chemicals companies start implementing digitisation strategies?

    Jens Schmidt, Global Technology Director, DOW The Chemical Company

    Adrian Keppler, Managing Director, EOS Gmbh

    Douglas Ramsey, Partner, Coal Hill Ventures and the Robotics Hub

  • 15:00-15:25 Fireside Chat: Will trading consolidate into digital marketplaces?

    How is digitisation altering specific steps in the value chain, and even optimising the makeup of the chain itself? The marketplace is seeing vibrant innovation in many specific areas; how can these unique innovations be integrated to help create an end-to-end digital value chain that creates unparalleled business opportunities? What are the possibilities for companies when digitisation does not just improve one part of the value chain but optimises multiple aspects of it?


    Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre

  • 15:25-15:55 Flash Talk: Scaling Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

    Artificial Intelligence- AI – finds its way into production. The BMW Group uses AI for optical inspections in car manufacturing, for example. Individualisation and the integration of a wide variety of derivates on the same line increase the complexity in the production of premium vehicles. AI is a tool for managing complexity in production and optimising quality. Neural networks and AI frameworks experience high dynamics regarding the performance and robustness of image processing. It is relevant how AI applications are integrated into production.

    • How does artificial intelligence contribute to shortening quality control loops?
    • The self-service approach: how does AI scale in the BMW Production System?
    • Open Source in AI: Why does BMW publish AI algorithms?


    Matthias Schindler, Head of AI, BMW Group

  • 15:55-16:40 Expert Talks: Cybersecurity: how sure are we that our business hasn’t been hacked?

    Digitalisation may render current industrial safety regulations obsolete due to emerging trends that pose new challenges to the management, use and protection of data. In this context, regulation of industrial safety needs constant adoption of innovative approaches to improve effectiveness and invest in building their monitoring capacities for ensuring industrial safety and security. The main challenge for improving cyber security in industry is the lack of information and uncertainty surrounding the possible impact of new human-machine interactions and the potential physical and psychosocial hazards for workers and users of new technology.

    • How can the international community develop a unified vision on the future of digital safety in industry?
    • What are the safety standards for the use of digital technology?
    • Are there platforms and interest groups to raise awareness and share information on specific safety issues?


    Dr. David Leal-Ayala, Senior Policy Analyst, Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University

  • 16:45-17:00 Delegate Transition to The Main Theatre for Closing Ceremony


    As the third Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit draws to a close, this session will reflect on key take-aways, the GMIS Declaration and look ahead to GMIS2021. The official host of the 2020 will also make an official statement and ceremonial handover to the GMIS2021 host country.




  • 09:00 - 10:00 Delegate arrival and networking

  • 10:00- 10:45 Safety in the era of 4IR, a Lloyd’s Register panel

  • 10:45 - 11:45 Exploring the Nexus of mini-grids and digital

    Access to clean, reliable and affordable energy is one of the key challenges for many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is particularly the case in rural and remote areas which are often not connected to the national main grid. Mini-grids are expected to play an important role in providing access to sustainable and reliable energy in these areas. Mini-grids need to meet a set of key requirements to become future-proof and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also foster the integration of renewable energies. They should provide for equitable and affordable electricity costs and reliable electricity supply, but also designed in a way which reduces their ecological footprint as far as possible.

    • This panel explores how two levels of application of digital technologies could be applied to mini-grids to help meet the requirements mentioned above:
    • The level of technical functionalities and system balancing which includes generation and storage, distribution and control as well as demand side management
      The level of the mini-grid value chain, which includes finance, planning and design, operation and maintenance, customer management and the productive use of electricity

    Furthermore, the following questions will be raised:

    • What challenges and risks, specifically with regards to privacy and data security, emerge with the use of digital technologies in mini-grids in rural Sub-Saharan Africa?
    • How can digital technologies contribute to achieving future-proof mini-grids that serve sustainable development in rural Sub-Saharan Africa?
    • How can policymakers, donor organisations, and companies work together to foster collaboration between communities, innovators, and local researchers to support the creation of knowledge about the effects of digital technologies in mini-grids?
    • How can policymakers and companies work together to develop standards using open-source software and share their data and experiences from successes and failures? Moreover, what are the required policy changes, regulations and standards needed to assure that digital technologies in mini-grids will lead to a positive environmental impact?
  • 11:45- 13:15 Exploring future manufacturing and industries

  • 13:15 - 14:00 LUNCH

  • 14:00 - 14:45 Increasing Foreign Direct Investment for Industrialisation of Africa

    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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for the benefit of businesses as well as the communities they serve.

    Public sector financial support is not sufficient to scale up industrialisation in Africa. There is a need for a new approach to partnership and alliance between the public and private sectors in order to achieve SDGs. FDI into Africa continent has been lagging other regions such as Asia, North and South America. The selected panellist will provide their views on how the financial institutions can partner with development partners to increasing the flows of capital into Africa.

    • In 2019, there were over 5,471 deals worth US$60bn in Asia market compared to 138 deals worth US$0.6bn (Source: Preqin). From an investment decision standpoint, what differentiate Africa from Asia?
    • What are the preconditions that must be in place in Africa in order to attract more FDI?
    • What are the key prerequisites for investment decisions either through private equity schemes, Fund of Funds, Debt financing?

© GMOL. Please note that this is a working draft programme and sessions, topics, dates and timings are all subject to change.

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