28 Jan 2020
  • The GMIS ‘Higher Committee’ will provide strategic guidance on the themes of the Summit, ensuring it results in tangible outcomes and supports a universal consensus on the future of the manufacturing sector
  • The Committee will also support in inviting top industry players from all the world to participate in the discussions

 Berlin, Germany – 28 January 2020: The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), a joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has today announced the formation of the GMIS2020 ‘Higher Committee’ made up of renowned German organisations and associations, who will jointly support in delivering the third edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS2020). The announcement was made at a press briefing hosted by the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Berlin, which was followed by a meeting of the committee to discuss the progress and updates in regards to GMIS2020.

The global manufacturing sector stands at the cusp of a new era of progress with the wide-spread adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. The Summit is a platform established to forecast the future of science, ignite technological transformation, promote enduring partnerships, and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators to create a roadmap towards global prosperity. GMIS2020 will take place alongside Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial technology trade fairs, between 20-21 April 2020, under the theme –  Glocalisation: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Global Value Chains. Inviting high-level representatives from Germany’s industrial community to guide and shape the agenda of GMIS2020 will ensure relevance and strategic integrity of the universally agreed consensus for the future of manufacturing, that the Summit aims to achieve.

Badr Al Olama, Head of the Organising Committee for Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit said: “Since its inception, GMIS has gathered momentum and international recognition as the global platform for discussions and debate over the future of manufacturing. The central theme for GMIS2020, ‘glocalisation’, was selected as a reflection of industrial trends emerging worldwide and being enabled by digitalisation. By redefining global value chains, we must also safeguard inclusive and sustainable growth to ensure everyone everywhere benefits from industrialisation.”

The primary responsibility of the GMIS2020 ‘Higher Committee’ is to provide strategic guidance that will shape the themes, agenda, and discussions of the Summit and ensure high-level participation from Europe, and Germany in particular in order to deliver tangible outcomes.

Members of the ‘Higher Committee’ include leading German experts from the manufacturing sector – Holger Lösch, Deputy Director General and Executive Board Member of The Federation of German Industries (BDI), Dr. Volker Treier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Head of Foreign Trade of The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi, Secretary General of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GHORFA), and representatives from the Deutsche Messe AG, UNIDO, The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer’s Association (ZVEI), and Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE).

Commenting on their involvement and the preparation ahead, Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation for UNIDO said: “GMIS is a vital platform for designing a future for the manufacturing and industrial sectors that benefits all. I am honoured to join the GMIS Higher Committee to ensure that the discussions held during GMIS2020 include key players from all facets of the industry, so that we may facilitate the design of universal standards that make up the framework for the future of industry.”

Krister Sandvoss, Global Director, Industries & Logistics for Deutsche Messe added: “Germany’s manufacturing sector is a cornerstone in the history and future of our country, so as we enter the 4IR, it is critical that we forge a path that unlocks the potential of new technologies such as AI, machine learning and additive manufacturing. Hannover Messe is proud to be a pioneer of the digital revolution and therefore, we are delighted to be working with GMIS to further cement our standing on the global stage, whilst working with our international partners to ensure the global economy benefits from the changes ahead.”

Germany was selected to host the Summit due to its standing as one of the world’s most advanced industrial economies, and its actions in actively contributing to sustainable industrial development through innovation and the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies.

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and one of the world’s largest exporters. It is renowned as an international leader of the manufacturing sector due to the superior quality of its products across major industrial sectors, including automotive, aviation, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, energy and environmental technologies. Germany is also a pioneer of digital innovation, through the “Industry Strategy 4.0” initiative, one of 10 future initiatives launched by the German Government under the “Advanced Technology Strategy 2020”. Through its commitment to delivering the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Germany plans to invest 2.5 billion Euros in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies by the end of the year. As a result, its medium and high-tech exports account for 73 percent of total industrial exports.

The members of the Higher committees have been selected due to their significant experience and the potential to enable the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit to design uniform, global industrial standards that facilitate sustainable industrial development which will enable manufacturing sector to be at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), empowering global prosperity in the process.



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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 global platform that presents stakeholders with an opportunity to shape the future of the manufacturing sector and contribute towards global good by advancing some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The first two editions of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit were held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2017, and Yekaterinburg, Russia in July 2019, respectively, with each edition welcoming over 3,000 high level delegates from over 40 countries.

GMIS 2020, the third edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, will be held alongside Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair from 20-21 April 2020 in Hannover, Germany, and will focus on glocalisation towards inclusive and sustainable global value chains.

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