Global leaders from government, industry, and academia came together in the UAE this week to chart a greener future for the manufacturing sector at the GMIS2021, which kicked off on Monday and was co-chaired by the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology as well as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
GMIS Week convened over 250 state actors, industry leaders, and civil society members with over 5000 attendees across 70 sessions.
“Our world has come to a critical juncture. It is one where the decisions we make today will have a vital bearing on what our future will look like tomorrow. Many factors have brought us to this point. Technology is just one of them. Just about every way in which we do and experience things has changed, much for the better,” said the Head of the GMIS Organising Committee Badr Al-Olama.
He added that the COVID-19 pandemic, like no other, has severely impacted all economic and business sectors, yet it has given the world the opportunity to make the required shifts to achieve growth and meet the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Climate action took centre stage on day one of the summit. Heads of state, ministers, and other high-level speakers asserted the importance of developing advanced zero-carbon technologies to help industry drive a sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery and achieve global climate targets.
During the event, the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Jaber pointed out that real recovery requires resilience and that the industrial progress depends on smart partnerships
Meanwhile, the UK Minister for Investment Lord Gerry Grimstone addressed the global audience at the GMIS platform, stating that the UK is looking to secure free trade agreements (FTAs) with countries of the GCC region over the next 12 months.
GMIS America was announced at the close of GMIS2021 by Namir Hourani, Managing Director of GMIS. The inaugural edition of the annual event will take place in 2022 in Pittsburgh as a tribute to a city that has rebounded from significant industrial challenges.
On the other hand, The GMIS Working Group for Promoting Gender Inclusivity discussed how evidence suggests that the developments seen across the manufacturing sector and driven by Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies disproportionately benefit men in comparison to women, primarily because the gender bias in the job market sees women more densely concentrated in sectors that are more susceptible to automation.
A final GMIS working group gathered policymakers, manufacturers, and safety innovators from around the world as part of the week’s mandate to develop the Global Initiative for Future Industrial Safety.
Highlighting the latest trends in alternative and renewable energy during the week, the Green Chain Conference concluded that a clean energy transition is essential for keeping global warming within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, they added that hydrocarbons will remain part of the global energy mix for the foreseeable future.
Moreover, young adults engaged with experts in sustainability and technology from the industrial sector at the youth-oriented Federation Future Conference that took place over the last two days of the week.
Dedicated to empowering the new generation to make its mark in industries of the future and sustainable development, the event aimed to advance knowledge transfer and skills development through a series of masterclasses and workshops by partners from the public and private sectors as well as academia. The agenda included sessions hosted by Dubai Future Foundation, Mubadala, General Motors, G42, SAP, Accenture and Schneider Electric.
GMIS was established in 2015 aiming at linking manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists and investors in harnessing the FIR’s transformation of manufacturing to enable the regeneration of the global economy, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
GMIS is a joint initiative by the UAE and UNIDO launched as a global platform that presents stakeholders with an opportunity to shape the future of the manufacturing sector and contribute towards global good by advancing some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.