Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 29, 2017: Day one of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), taking place at the Paris-Sorbonne in Abu Dhabi, saw a keynote interview session with HE Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, and HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, discuss the relationship between economic growth and the environment.
The interview session, hosted by Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, EIU, The Economist, was titled Today Versus Tomorrow – Sustainable Strategies Today to Secure a Prosperous Tomorrow..
Setting the stage, Baptist explained how the economy and environment do not have to be in opposition with each other, even though the reality is that they often are unless appropriate policies and private sector actions are in place to ensure that they are not opposing.
HE Al Mazrouei said: “We will have almost 50 per cent totally green sources of power generation by 2050, which takes care of the environmental impact.” Referring to the UAE’s energy providers such as DEWA and ADDC, he added: “The best economical choice for those selling energy in the UAE was to go 50 per cent green. We don’t need to subsidise power generation any more, and I’m sure we don’t need to subsidise when it comes to industry. It was a surprise for us, but I think it’s achievable.
“We have a road map and our target is going to need a huge investment of around $192 billion over the next 30-32 years. It’s really a very exciting time for us to balance the equation and go from almost 98 per cent fossil fuel usage to 50 per cent renewables. We have one of the most advanced energy sectors in the world. However, while energy is important, we need to move towards those industries in which we can have a more competitive advantage, which we can excel in.”
Speaking in terms of what the UAE is doing to build an ecosystem to support industry and diversification, and on his vision for a more sustainable future for the nation, HE Al Zayoudi said: “Heavy industry is important, but small and medium businesses are equally so. The UAE has excellent infrastructure and mechanisms in place to provide the right direction for small and medium businesses, which is part of Beeatna, the green growth strategy announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum [Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai].
“Our economic sectors in the UAE are up to date with the latest technologies to support growth. There are three points I would recommend emerging nations to follow to create sustainable economies. One, investing in human capital is essential to building a sustainable economy. Two, the government has to ensure the right policies and mechanisms are in place to attract manufacturing and industry into their country. Three, energy is a main element to consider; the UAE is lucky in this aspect, in that sustainable and renewable energy is an attractive sector for industries.”
The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is taking place at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, UAE, until March 30, 2017, 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. The Summit, which is co-chaired by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together 1,200 decision-making leaders from governments, businesses and civil society organisations to shape a vision for the sector’s future.
The Summit is a global platform for participating attendees to learn from best practices from across the world. This unprecedented global gathering will spark new ideas and set the stage for debate and action – addressing ways in which manufacturing can shape and reshape the world, integrating activities between developed and emerging markets, and delivering on social responsibility towards future generations. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with representatives from civil society organisations, will gather to discuss global challenges within the manufacturing sector, looking specifically at six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards, and stakeholder alignment.
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 Industralisation 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,
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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