GLOBAL MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIALISATION SUMMIT 2020 TO BE HELD AS A VIRTUAL EVENT
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