27 Mar 2020

Since the decision that was taken by our strategic partner, Deutsche Messe, regarding Hannover Messe 2020 in light of the growing concern of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak globally, we have relentlessly pursued and assessed several options on how to best proceed with the 2020 edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (#GMIS2020) in Hannover, Germany.

Along with our co-chairs, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy and Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), we have collectively evaluated the economic and logistical uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, as well as the preventive measures that have been planned or undertaken. In order to arrive at the safest and most sensible outcome while convening thought leaders and business pioneers from all over the world, we required some degree of unconventional thinking to not just find a practical way forward, but to also charter a transformational outcome for global good.

When we first announced that #GMIS2020 would take place in Hannover, we were inspired by the reality that Germany has always been at the forefront of connecting the global manufacturing and industrial community with its Industry 4.0 technologies. Therefore, under the current circumstances, we have decided to leverage technology and march forward with #GMIS2020 by virtually connecting all participants in a series of digital sessions that truly embodies our 2020 theme of #GermanyConnects.

In a world where many discussions are taking place around some of the negative implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as the ‘digital disruption’ of the manufacturing sector, or the perceived threat to the livelihood of people and the economic prosperity of our society, we are now pivoting towards a new era of ‘digital restoration’ – where the Fourth Industrial Revolution is restoring many parts of our daily lives and helping us overcome unprecedented challenges.

On behalf of our co-chairs and our partners, we look forward to meeting you all virtually.

Badr Al-Olama
Head of the GMIS Organising Committee

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