9 Jul 2019

Yekaterinburg, Russia, 9 July 2019 – The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) kicked-off today in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, with an attendance of over 2500 officials and dignitaries from all over the world, including leaders from the host country, the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), China, Austria, and India, as well as representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and other United Nations entities.

The second edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) got underway with a light show and technology display featuring robots to tell the story of the evolution of industrialisation. The show emphasised how technology, when inspired by nature, can offer the potential to bring about major transformation of the manufacturing sector and for humanity.

Delivering the welcome address, Badr Al-Olama Head of the Organising Committee, Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit focused on how we must turn to nature for inspiration as we develop new technologies in order for us to be able to provide a path to a more sustainable future for humanity.

Al-Olama said: “As custodians of the planet, we have a collective responsibility to protect it for all humanity. In an era in which the general talk is of smart phones, smart cars, and smart homes, it is smart thinking that is needed to turn a serious mind to our relationship with one another, and with society as a whole. The early seeds that were planted at the Paris Climate Accord are now taking root. We must not let ourselves stray away from the commitments that were made; commitments that were made with future generations in mind.”

Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation delivered a special address to delegates, welcoming them to Russia and emphasising Yekaterinburg’s ‘rightful claim’ to being the country’s industrial capital thanks to its establihsed manufacturing base. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak stressed that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) serves as a platform to strengthen industrial manufacturing cooperation and provide for a coordinated understanding of the future at a time when economic competition and rivalry was creating uncertainty.

H.E. Eng. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates, told delegates that the Global Manufacturing and Industrial Summit (GMIS) offered a way to share learnings on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it is transforming our way of life and can contribute to the prosperity of humankind by advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He told the audience that the UAE is fully committed to advancing its manufacturing sector and that the country is putting these words into action by launching multiple initiatives, such as appointing the first Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world, launching a national strategy for advanced innovation, and the establishment of the Dubai 3D printing strategy. He said these initiatives would prepare the UAE to play a key role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

He added that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, through its partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), would help the UAE to spread its commitment to advance manufacturing throughout the world.

LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said that technology offered the promise of making manufacturing more efficient, which could help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He cited the example of how drone technology is being used for precision agriculture which was contributing to global food security. Though the benefits of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies should not be underestimated, he said, we must be aware of the risks that new technologies might present so that we can prepare accordingly and focus on prosperity in the new industrial era.

Yong added: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect everyone, so everyone must be listened to; this is why we have created GMIS – to promote sustainable industrial development and to promote sectors that are not well-known, nature-inspired technology being one such sector.”

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation, said the changes being brought about by advanced technology would make manufacturing more efficient and raise living standards for the whole world. However, each previous cycle of the industrial revolution had led to an increase in humanity’s environmental footprint, climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation. He said all countries must prioritise the task of the rebuilding the biosphere, and key to this is the development of nature inspired technology, which can inspire us to advance without harming the environment.

He stressed the need for joint action and joint solutions and that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit offered a platform for wide ranging discussion on this subject. No country can do this alone, he said adding that we must set aside protectionism and restrictions of trade. A common approach would allow humankind to arrive at environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to all challenges in the coming decades. He also emphasised Russia’s determination to become a leader in nature inspired technologies.

Closing the opening ceremony, Mikhail Kovalchuk, President, Kurchatov Institute National Research Centre, delivered a presentation focusing on the theme of the 2019 Summit, nature-inspired technologies, and the role that they play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Humanity has reached a point where it is facing important decisions, he said. To pave the way for sustainable development we must consume resources in the right way, however economic and population growth in recent years means we are currently facing resource depletion which could lead to many serious challenges, including conflict. Turning to nature-inspired technologies can offer a way out of this conundrum and help us to restore the balance of nature, he added.

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a multi-stakeholder platform which aims to establish a global consensus on the future of manufacturing by convening leaders from governments, businesses, and civil society. This important global gathering of the manufacturing community aims to forecast the future of science, ignite technological transformation, promote enduring partnerships, and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators to create a road map towards global prosperity and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is the second edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, and was attended by high-level executives from global organisations such as Mubadala Investment Company, GE, Siemens, IBM, Honeywell, Solvay, Rockwell Automation, PwC, as well as major Russian organisations such as SBERBANK, and VostokCoal.


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About GMIS:
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 leaders from government, business, and civil society from over 40 countries to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally, and to identify key trends and opportunities across 6 themes.

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