GMIS signs MoU with General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises

13 Mar 2017
  • First Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit to open conversational doorways that encourage public-private sector collaborations
  • General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises exemplary as a facilitator of optimal business environments
  • Inter-sector cooperation to be a key topic of discussion between representatives of government, companies, and NGOs at Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 13, 2017: The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (La Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc – CGEM), to further strengthen communications between the public and private sector in Morocco and beyond, leading to a favourable environment for business and the economy to thrive.

Established in 1947, the CGEM is committed to representing private companies in Morocco before public institutions and institutional actors. The Confederation represents 88,000 direct and affiliated members, with the main goal of facilitating conversation that leads to the development of an optimal business environment. CGEM is a strong advocate of the private sector’s contribution to economic and social development, and works on an international level, through 43 business councils, to encourage and promote policies that foster enterprise development.

At the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, which will be held in Abu Dhabi from March 27-30 and co-hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government, 1,200 of the world’s leaders from government, industry, and civil society will convene to discuss the most pressing issues faced by manufacturing today. From low- to high-tech industries, developed to emerging economies, the Summit will encourage the values pursued by the CGEM, in addition to focusing on developing manufacturing capabilities, promoting global value chains, ways in which to foster sustainable practices and job creation, and the necessity of implementing standards that will govern the technological progression of the next industrial revolution.

“Collaboration between the public and private sectors is a driving force in economic development,” said XXXX, XXXX, CGEM. “The CGEM was established to act as a middleman for businesses to have an open line of communication with the government and public authorities. This ensures that decisions made are in the best interests of the companies that contribute to the growth of the economy, by supporting the specific needs and requirements they may have. By signing an MoU with GMIS, we are reaffirming our commitment to promoting the development of lucrative economic conditions for businesses in Morocco and beyond.”

Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said: “Collaborative efforts between the public and private sector are the key to ensuring sustainable, inclusive economic growth. The work that the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises does is critical to developing a framework within Morocco that enables all industry players, whether they are established or fledgling businesses, to fully benefit from legislation that is in their favour. The importance of public-private partnerships is something that should not be overlooked, and we look forward to discussions on the matter at the GMIS between members of international governments and representatives of the world’s manufacturing and industrial businesses.”

Badr Al-Olama, Associate Director, Mubadala Aerospace & Defense Services, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, said: “Successful economies cannot be built by the public or private sector alone; it requires collaboration in order to lay a solid foundation that will be conducive to the sustainable growth of businesses and, in turn, gross domestic product. The manufacturing sector in particular will benefit from increased communication between governments and companies, given that we are in an age of disruption as Industry 4.0 technologies revolutionise processes. Collaboration is the way forward to ensure a regulated, supportive environment for all to benefit from.”

Co-hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the UAE Government,
the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will be held at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi from March 27-30, 2017. The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit aims to build strategic alliances that can leverage opportunities surfaced by industrial development, especially digital transformation, to restore global prosperity.

About The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit 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. The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit 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 the Summit will be held in leading global cities every other year, with the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in Abu Dhabi in March 2017. See

Global Agenda on the Future of Manufacturing

The conference will focus on the role of manufacturing in reconstructing the global economy and restoring global prosperity. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with civil society representatives, will gather together to discuss global challenges facing the manufacturing sector. The discussions will focus around six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment. The participants will form working groups to identify concrete action plans and recommendations that outline potential solutions to global issues, as well as showcase best practices and case studies from across the world. To highlight an example of global issues, the inaugural conference will focus on the issue of economic migration with the aim of establishing a manufacturing platform that will bring together countries facing emigration or immigration challenges, with regional countries that seek to support economic reconstruction.  These countries will work together with manufacturers and the wider United Nations network on restoring global prosperity.

The Manufacturing Expo

Capitalising on the huge presence of the global manufacturing community under a single meeting venue, the Manufacturing Exhibition will offer space to corporations looking to showcase their products, services and latest innovations or technologies that can further contribute to promoting global economic development. The Manufacturing Expo consists of four components: an exhibition showcasing the manufacturing capabilities of the host country; international pavilions showcasing the manufacturing capabilities and economic incentives of each participating country; an innovation exhibition that demonstrates the latest fourth industrial revolution technologies; and an event for SMEs to present their products and solutions to potential customers.

The Global Value Chain Market:

The Global Value Chain Market (GVCM) is a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and opportunities. The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meetings with the vision of forging investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, and encouraging technological transfer and knowhow. The platform will enable countries to identify and meet global manufacturers to promote industrial development, and familiarise global manufacturers with targeted industrial activities in various countries. The GVCM will become a source of valuable information for global investments, providing insights on legislation and regulations, sovereign risk, political stability, and physical and logistical infrastructure.

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