As the world’s first ever cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) is designed to create a universal consensus by unifying governments, businesses and civil society to take a transformational approach towards shaping the future of manufacturing. GMIS aims to promote a roadmap for future development to echo the evolution in international trade and global best practices.

The manufacturing sector is a crucial part of the industrial mix. In its own right it accounts for 500 million jobs, 17% of global GDP and 84% of exports in world trade. It’s also an economic multiplier that creates opportunities, innovation and wealth up and down the supply chain. Manufacturing has therefore a leading role to play in economic regeneration. But it’s going through tremendous upheaval with digital transformation as the combustion engine of the new industrial revolution.

The world’s first ever global gathering of the manufacturing community, held in Abu Dhabi in March 2017 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, GMIS brought together 3000 leaders in government, business and civil society to identify trends and opportunities in technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and the environment; infrastructure; and standards and stakeholder alignment.