26 March 2019
Shenzhen, China: Renowned industry leaders, the China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE) and the Federation of Shenzhen Industries (FSZI), have partnered with the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) to bolster the future of manufacturing, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The partnerships reflect China’s commitment to leverage manufacturing as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration, and will aid in driving China’s industrialisation plans forward.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) culminated a successful roadshow in Shenzhen as part of the GMIS Connect programme, which is held in the world’s leading cities to engage key stakeholders from the manufacturing sector. GMIS Connect Shenzhen, themed on “Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and the Circular Economy: how innovation can enable inclusive and sustainable industrial development” was held at the Tuscincere Shenzhen Science and Technology Park in partnership with FSZI, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab. Following welcome addresses by the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, UNIDO, FSZI and CFIE, the panel discussions welcomed speakers from China’s public and private sector.
A joint initiative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and UNIDO, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is the world’s first cross-industry and cross-functional platform that unites manufacturers, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), technologists, and investors to collectively shape the future of manufacturing. A national social economic organisation, CFIE is China’s largest federation of industrial associations, and is tasked with actively advancing China’s industrial modernisation. Meanwhile, FSZI was founded in 2001 as an industrial and commercial sector NGO with the aim of promoting industrialisation and technological innovation.
Currently the world’s largest exporter, China has a significant manufacturing history, and the latest World Bank figures reinforce that it is amongst the few countries whose manufacturing sector contributes more than 20 percent of its GDP. Moreover, the country is renowned for pioneering the introduction of key 4IR technologies to the sector, particularly automation and robotics. The MoUs with CFIE and FSZI will bolster China’s role in global dialogue and spur progress in current initiatives focused on the evolution of technology, enhancement of international trade, and sharing of global best practices.
The partnership with CFIE and FSZI will also advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development in China – areas of national priority as outlined in its 2016 plan to implement the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, the MoUs are aligned with the country’s action plans for SDG 8, which aims to ‘promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’ and SDG 9 to ‘build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation.’ The Made in China 2025 and the Belt and Road initiatives were already introduced to propel the achievement of these goals, and the partnership with the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will further support these efforts.
Mr. Xiong Meng, Vice Chairman, China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE), said: “High-quality growth of China’s manufacturing industry relies on constant technological transformation and upgrading, including deep integration of digital technology within industry. China has accomplished major technological breakthroughs in recent years, but maintaining our position as a global manufacturing powerhouse depends on open and win-win global collaboration. As in 2017, CFIE will join GMIS2019 with a delegation of quality Chinese manufacturers in support of GMIS’ vision.”
Ms. Wu Li, Executive President, Federation of Shenzhen Industries (FSZI), said: “Shenzhen has risen quickly in recent years to become one of China’s leading industrial hubs, supplying the rest of the world with manufactured goods of all kinds from its port. Advanced manufacturing has become a hallmark of Shenzhen, and the next stage of this remarkable transformation will require the full embracement of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies to create sustainable industrial development in the years ahead, and this partnership with the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is very much in alignment with this vision.”
Badr Al-Olama, Head of the Organising Committee for the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), said: “China’s journey over the decades is unprecedented, it has emerged as a manufacturing powerhouse and a nation that is now at the forefront of the adoption of key new technologies. The unique experience of its industry leaders and their vision for the sector’s evolution is invaluable to the global dialogue that will help shape the future of manufacturing and its workforce, and CFIE and FSZI are the ideal partners to facilitate this. Moreover, our collaboration with CFIE and FSZI will enable us to explore synergies in advancing the UN SDGs with Chinese manufacturers, augmenting our global movement of industry players seeking to ensure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution delivers prosperity across all societies.”
The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit offers a voice and venue for leaders to transform manufacturing, encourage greater investment in capabilities, foster innovation and drive global skills development. The first inaugural edition of the Summit was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in March 2017. GMIS2017 left a lasting impression on all participants through global partnerships and innovations, bringing together over 3,000 leaders from governments, businesses and civil society to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally and to identify trends and opportunities in technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and the environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment.
GMIS2019, which will take place in July in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, will be held under the theme of ‘nature-inspired technologies’, highlighting the ways in which manufacturing is inspired by our surrounding environment to innovate. The Summit will also focus on the impact of the 4IR on global economies, and the role of manufacturing in advancing the SDGs.
Namir Hourani, Organizing Committee Member and Managing Director of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, signs individual Memorandum of Understanding with Mr Xiong Meng, Vice Chairman, China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE); and Ms Wu Li, Executive President, Federation of Shenzhen Industries (FSZI).
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The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) transformation of manufacturing, to enable 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, and that is committed to bringing benefit to all. As the world’s first cross-industry initiative, GMIS offers a platform for leaders to engage on the issue of the future of manufacturing, highlighting the need for greater investment in capabilities to foster innovation and drive skills development on a global scale. Uniting key stakeholders – including world leaders, industry CEOs, and specialist researchers and academics – GMIS has placed manufacturing at the heart of economic transformation and government policy-making, promoting it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.
The first edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in March 2017. It brought together over 3,000 government, business, and civil society leaders from over 40 countries to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally, and to identify key trends and opportunities across 6 themes.