GMIS Outcome document heralds new initiatives on digital transformation

Since 2017, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) has gathered policymakers, private sector leaders and academic experts to catalyze action, partnerships and networking concerning the future of manufacturing. UNIDO is a Co-Chair of GMIS, in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates.

GMIS 2021 took place last November, in parallel to Dubai Expo 2020, under the theme of “Rewiring societies: Repurposing digitalization for prosperity”. As ever, the Summit featured contributions from thought leaders worldwide, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres; Prime Minister of Namibia, Saara Kuugongelwa; President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani; President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen; and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, inter alia.

The Summit also featured over 250 global speakers, including five Heads of State, four Heads of United Nations entities, 16 ministers and government representatives, as well as experts from 178 countries. More than 16,000 people registered for the Summit, over 3,170 of them as in-person attendees.

UNIDO played an integral role in the programming of GMIS 2021, including the working group sessions on global industrial safety, gender empowerment within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and inclusive and sustainable industrial performance.  A number of flagship initiatives were announced at GMIS 2021 touching upon the greening of value chains; harnessing manufacturing against global shocks; and global industrial safety, inter alia.

The next GMIS Summit is planned for 2023 and discussions are ongoing to determine the final host country candidates. 

Learn more about GMIS 2021 outcome document here.

For further information contact Stefan Kratzsch (S.Kratzsch [at] unido.org)

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