GMIS Connect East Africa


Nov 2019


Nov 2019



Panels and Presentations

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  • 09:00 09:30

    Welcome for Participants

  • 09:30 09:40

    EAC Anthem

  • 09:40 10:20

    Opening Remarks from the MC

  • 10:20 10:30

    GMIS Presentation

  • 10:30 10:40

    Photography Session

  • 10:40 11:00

    Refreshment break

  • SESSION 1: Advanced industrial technologies in East Africa

    The session discusses the degree to which enterprises in East Africa use of advanced industrial technologies and the potential benefits and challenges associated with their further adoption.

  • 11:00 11:15

    Flash of Insight

  • 11:15 12:00

    Panel Discussion: Advanced industrial technology and their effects on East African Manufacturing

  • SESSION 2: Innovative approaches to technology adoption

    The session focuses on initiatives of innovative entrepreneurs and startup companies that draw from the application of new industrial technologies.

  • 12:00 12:15

    The Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) Initiative for Global Prosperity: Advanced Technology Solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • 12:15 13:00

    Elevator Pitch: Hear from innovative African entrepreneurs

  • 13:00 14:00

    Networking Lunch

  • SESSION 3: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Agricultural Value Chains

    The session aims at discussing how advanced technologies in the specific value chains can benefit workers, farmers, processors and consumers in East Africa and lead to the production of higher quality goods and contribute to development outcomes, such as improved nutrition, poverty alleviation, increased income, employment, and environmental performance, as per the 2030 Agenda.

  • 14:00 14:15

    Keynote: Disruptive technologies in agricultural value chains: insights from East Africa

  • 14:15 15:00

    Working Group Discussion: Coordination and collaboration along value chains to boost innovation in East African value chains

    Agro Foods

    Leather and Textiles

    Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Cosmetics

  • 15:00 15:30

    Reporting to plenary and discussion by Session Moderators

  • 15:30 16:00

    Refreshment break

  • SESSION 4: Policies to foster investment and technology adoption

    The third panel discussion will address the changing environment of industrial policy and measures to promote public and private investments in enterprise development, telecommunication and digitalization infrastructure, and technology adoption.

  • 16:00 16:15

    TED-X style talk: The Practice of Industrial Policy: Government—Business Coordination in Africa

  • 16:15 16:30

    Policy-maker insight: The importance of evidence-based policy making – introducing EQUIP

  • 16:30 17:15

    Third Panel Discussion: Policy and Investment – How to support East Africa’s participation in the 4th Industrial Revolution

  • 17:15 17:30

    Question and Answer Session


  • 17:30 17:45

    Summary of the day and outlook on future actions

  • 17:45 18:00

    Closing Inspirational Statement: The importance of education for the future of manufacturing

  • 19:00

    Participants meet for cocktail reception at the EAC Restaurant

  • 09:30 10:00

    Introduction to the EQuIP Toolkit and the new tool on Industry 4.0

  • 10:00 10:15

    Introduction on regional industrial policy initiatives

  • 10:15 11:45

    Introduction to new EQuIP tool on Industry 4.0 and implications for policy making

  • 11:45 12:00

    Discussion on next steps

  • 12:00 13:00

    Networking Lunch


  • 13:00

    Bus leaves from EAC Headquarters

  • 13:30

    Visit to A-Z Textile Factory in Arusha

    On site discussion with company staff and value chain actors

    Return to hotel

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