GMIS a platform for technology standardisation, says UNIDO at Moscow roadshow

25 Nov 2016
  • Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will enable discussion on standardising new technologies for industry-wide applications
  • Current lack of standardisation means developing Internet of Things technologies are unable to communicate universally, limiting their potential

Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 25, 2016: The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) will further global discussions and spur international action on emerging technology standardisation, said Ludovica Alcorta, Director of the Development Policy, Statistics and Research Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), at a roadshow in in Moscow this week.

Alcorta joined representatives from the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, led byTaizo Nishikawa, Deputy to the Director General of UNIDO. The roadshow opened with an address from Georgy Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation followed by a speech from Oleg Naraikin, Vice-President of “Kurchatovsky Institute”.

GMIS will be held in Abu Dhabi in March. It is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together leaders in business, government and civil society to shape a vision for the sector’s future through the confluence of collaboration and sustainability.

“The Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates have much in common,” said Georgy Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. “Both are energy powerhouses that are embarking on a drive towards diversification into non-oil industries. Close collaboration in manufacturing between these two countries can result in benefits for their respective economies, meet national development plans and create jobs.”

Ludovica Alcorta, Director of the Development Policy, Statistics and Research Branch, UNIDO, said: “There is an increasing need for standards and standardisation of equipment, as the technologies we have seen developed over the past few years have needed to communicate with each other in order to integrate successfully. The problem is that with new technologies, we do not know exactly how they are going to evolve, especially if there is no international, industry-wide standardisation to unify them.

“The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a platform that will allow companies to talk to one another and identify where the possible areas of standardisation are. It’s not about creating the standards now, but about creating the environment in which standards will eventually be created.”

Communication between technologies is more pertinent than ever, as the Internet of Things – a vehicle that enables the fourth industrial revolution – requires cyber-physical systems to be able to connect and cooperate with each other. Standardisation will ensure that all connected technologies have the capacity to share information, thereby creating a seamless network that will power the success of all manufacturers to take advantage of technologies that enable the fourth industrial revolution. By leveraging data, technology, customer experience and the internet as enablers for the next wave of manufacturing – which is often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution – the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit can power new progress in human endeavour.

GMIS will bring together world leaders from industry and government to explore an outcomes-driven agenda focused on the manufacturing sector’s role in overcoming global challenges. Globally, manufacturing is valued at around US$15 trillion, employs around 500 million people and represents approximately 16 per cent of the world’s GDP.

Badr Al-Olama, CEO of Strata and member of the GMIS Organising Committee, said: “With our co-hosts UNIDO and the UAE Government, as well as with industry partners including PwC, GE and Siemens, GMIS will address how we can not only ensure we create economic opportunity but that we ensure that any growth created is sustainable, and that it reflects the needs of our societies over the long term, as we grapple with issues related to climate change, growing populations, urbanisation and diminishing finite resources.”

“By acting as a catalyst in the sector’s continued growth, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will enable industry decision makers and governments to develop strategies that sustain economic growth and address unemployment issues around the world, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, as every 100 jobs created in manufacturing have the potential to create 250 more in related sectors.”

Russia’s economy is currently experiencing an upswing, with the manufacturing industry reaching a four-year high in October 2016, as measured by the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index. A recent study by Deloitte claims that the current state of manufacturing companies in Russia is predominantly positive, with a high degree of optimism for continued improvement. Beyond its primary energy exports which represent 63 per cent of total international trade, Russia exports metals, machinery and equipment, chemical products, and foodstuffs and agricultural products.

The GMIS roadshow featured a discussion panel with the theme ‘Development of Industrial Sectors of the Economy as the Driver of Economic Growth in Russia and the World: Actual and Coming Challenges of Industrial Development’. Moderated by Sergey Korotkov, Director of the UNIDO Centre for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation, panel participants highlighted the key areas that must be developed within the manufacturing sector, in order to mitigate the challenges of today and tomorrow for sustainable, and sustained, industry development. Among the organisations taking part in the panel were Gazprom, Ministry for Economic Development and Industry of the Tula Region, the Kurchatovsky Institute, and the Technology Transfer Agency.

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will be held at the Paris-Sorbonne – Abu Dhabi from March 27-30, 2017, bringing together leaders from the manufacturing industry across business, government and civil society to shape the future of manufacturing, focusing on the transformational role of technology in global enterprise and the public sector.

About GMIS

As the world’s first cross-industry forum, GMIS is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics. GMIS will deliver (i) a voice for transformational ideas, (ii) a venue for the generation of new networks and cross-industry partnerships, (iii) a showcase for pilot projects arising from cross-industry research, and (iv) a post-event report with recommendations for action to be submitted to global stakeholders. It is planned that GMIS will be held in leading global cities every other year, with the inaugural GMIS in Abu Dhabi in March 2017. See

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