Paris, France: The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) and France’s Alliance Industrie du Futur have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop growth opportunities in the manufacturing sector stemming from fast-emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. Representatives from both organisations signed the MoU at a high-level meeting in Paris, France, and discussed the new approach that manufacturers will adopt to thrive in the connected era.
Philippe Darmayan, President of the Alliance Industrie du Futur, signed the MoU with Badr Al-Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, in the presence of HE Maadhad Hareb Meghair Jaber AlKhyeli, UAE Ambassador to France.
The Alliance Industrie du Futur was established in July 2015, along with the New Face of Industry in France, to strengthen the nation’s industry and boost its role in globalisation. Specifically, the Alliance Industrie du Futur – meaning the Alliance for the Industry of the Future – aims to bring professional organisations from industry and digital technology sectors together with academic and technology partners, creating partnerships to cement France’s position as a leader in 4IR. The Alliance is mandated to support companies in the transformation of their business models, organisation, design and marketing methods, enabling them to best take advantage of the digital tools available to them in 4IR and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Speaking on the signing of the MoU, HE Maadhad Hareb Meghair Jaber AlKhyeli, UAE Ambassador to France, said: “The long-standing cooperation between France and the UAE will prove to be a key factor in knowledge exchange between our two countries, especially as our nations adopt the technologies and innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With so much to learn from each other, as well as from leaders of industry and manufacturing from around the world, platforms such as GMIS will prove to be indispensable, acting as catalysts for knowledge sharing that will boost economies globally .”
Speaking at the MoU signing, Philippe Darmayan, President of the Alliance Industrie Du Futur, said: “Innovation is the lifeblood of competitiveness. In the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, France is determined to channel the technological capabilities of the Internet of Things and the innovations of this new connected era to excel in terms of global competitiveness; building an industrial society that is based on forward-thinking solutions that revolutionise the ways in which we work, create, and do business. However, this will not happen in isolation. This growth demands collaboration between global partners from both the public and private sectors, and this is why GMIS is an important initiative that we support. Our objectives are well-aligned, and we will pursue, together, the promotion of global standards for 4IR technologies and international cooperation.”
Badr Al-Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, said: “Realising and adopting the potential of technology and innovation is critical for companies and countries. As 4IR technologies become key to global competitiveness, organisations such as the Alliance Industrie du Futur, which are mandated to pursue paths that will lead to further globalisation of trade, will play a central role in translating the benefits to communities through employment and improved standards of living. We are honoured by this partnership with Alliance Industrie du Futur, and we look forward to working together on new ways to promote technological innovation in manufacturing.”
The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will be held at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, UAE, from March 27-30, 2017. A joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and co-hosted withthe Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Summit will be 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. The Summit is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together decision-making leaders from governments, businesses and civil society organisations to shape a vision for the future.
The Summit is a global platform for participating attendees to learn from best practices from across the world. This unprecedented global gathering will spark new ideas and set the stage for debate and action – addressing ways in which manufacturing can shape and reshape the world, integrating activities between developed and emerging markets, and delivering on social responsibility towards future generations.Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with representatives from civil society organisations, will gather to discuss global challenges within the manufacturing sector, looking specifically at six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards, and stakeholder alignment.