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The Global Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Industrial­isation Sum­mit (GMIS), a joint ini­tia­tive by the UAE and the United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNIDO), has an­nounced that its 2020 edi­tion will be held vir­tu­ally, com­menc­ing with a se­ries of on­line ses­sions, the ‘GMIS 2020 Dig­i­tal Se­ries’, on June 30, 2020, and lead­ing up to the vir­tual sum­mit that will be held on Septem­ber 4-5, 2020.

GMIS2020 was ini­tially planned to take place in April along­side the Han­nover Messe 2020 in Ger­many un­der the theme of #Ger­many­con­nects – in­spired by the coun­try’s lead­er­ship in con­nect­ing the global man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­dus­trial com­mu­nity with its trans­for­ma­tional dig­i­tal and tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions. The vir­tual edi­tion was an­nounced fol­low­ing the eval­u­a­tion of the grow­ing eco­nom­i­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal un­cer­tainly sur­round­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic.

Un­der the theme ‘Glo­cal­i­sa­tion: to­wards sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive global value chains’, the sum­mit will bring to­gether high-pro­file thought-lead­ers and busi­ness pioneers from around the world to shape the fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing, dis­cuss the im­pact of pan­demics on global value chains, and high­light the role of fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion (4IR) tech­nolo­gies in restor­ing eco­nomic and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

The GMIS 2020 vir­tual sum­mit in Septem­ber will ad­dress how the dis­rup­tion of global value chains (GVCS) is forc­ing a fun­da­men­tal rethink by man­u­fac­tur­ers to be­come more re­silient in the fu­ture. The ses­sions will ex­plore how the adop­tion of 4IR tech­nolo­gies, lo­cal­is­ing pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ca­pac­ity build­ing, and spread­ing in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment will all be crit­i­cal to the fu­ture of GVCS.

Top­ics that will be dis­cussed by ex­perts at the GMIS2020 Dig­i­tal Se­ries in­clude health and safety in the work­place dur­ing a global cri­sis; cy­ber­se­cu­rity con­cerns as a re­sult of in­creased on­line ac­tiv­ity; har­ness­ing AI to sup­port de­ci­sion mak­ing in fac­to­ries and the shift to­wards ro­bot­ics to pro­tect the work­force from ex­po­sure to health risks; and in­te­gra­tion of IOT with Big Data to mon­i­tor and con­trol the spread of any po­ten­tial pan­demic.

Suhail Mo­hamed Al Mazrouei, UAE min­is­ter of en­ergy and in­dus­try and co-chair of GMIS

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