President Putin gave a welcome address in front of High-level Ministerial Delegates, Government Officials and Industry Leaders at the Second Edition of the Summit, which will conclude on 11 July in Yekaterinburg, Russia
Yekaterinburg, Russia, 9 July 2019 – Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin delivered a keynote address at the second Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), a joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in Yekaterinburg today, telling delegates his country was open for broad and equal cooperation as the world grapples with tectonic challenges related to climate change.
Addressing an audience of more than 2,500 government officials, business leaders, scientists and non-for-profit entities, the president highlighted the hope that technology, which has changed the core principles of production, will save the planet from man’s footprint is an illusion. If nothing is done, he indicated that technology will not allay but aggravate the ecological challenges as by the mid-2020s 30% of global energy output will be consumed by communication devices and data storage and processing systems.
The president emphasised the digital and technological revolution and the Internet of Things must not be allowed to drive the world into a resource and environmental dead-end, but at the same time human progress should not be stopped in its tracks. The solution, the president highlighted, was to develop drastically new technologies and technological devices that are more efficient and less resource intensive.
The president added that such uber-scientific manufacturing solutions must strike a balance between the biological and the technosphere and include nature-inspired technologies. The president stressed that the responsibility for the future of the planet lies with everyone, the development of such new technologies needs to be a truly global endeavour, with broad international cooperation and collaboration between states and business and academia, not fragmented and restrained by attempts to monopolise progress.
President Putin indicated that Russia was willing to share its scientific infrastructure for joint research on nature-inspired technologies.
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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 platform that presents the manufacturing sector with an opportunity to contribute towards global good, and that is committed to bringing benefit to all. As the world’s first cross-industry initiative, GMIS offers a platform for leaders to engage on the issue of the future of manufacturing, highlighting the need for greater investment in capabilities to foster innovation and drive skills development on a global scale. Uniting key stakeholders – including world leaders, industry CEOs, and specialist researchers and academics – GMIS has placed manufacturing at the heart of economic transformation and government policy-making, promoting it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.
The first edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit was held 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, at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in March 2017. It brought together over 3,000 leaders from government, business, and civil society from over 40 countries to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally, and to identify key trends and opportunities across 6 themes.