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The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 as a platform to build bridges between manufacturers, governments & NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s transformation of manufacturing to the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), GMIS is a platform that presents the manufacturing sector with an opportunity to contribute towards global good, working to the benefit of all.

GMIS is the world’s first cross-industrial and cross-functional platform that offers a voice and venue for leaders to transform manufacturing, encourage greater investment in capabilities, foster innovation and drive global skills development. Uniting influential delegates, including visionary world leaders, expert industry CEOs and specialist researchers and academics, the summit aims to place manufacturing at the heart of economic regeneration and government policymaking, utilising it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.

Manufacturers play a crucial role in the exponentially evolving world economy. They generate wealth for investors, pay taxes to governments and employ half a billion people worldwide. They are also facing challenges from rapid transformations in technology and global value chains that are driven by the fluctuating impact of the digital revolution, automation and geopolitical reordering. These challenges can no longer be resolved in isolation, they require a global solution – a solution that will also connect manufacturing closer to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), for the benefits of businesses as well as the communities they serve.

The first edition of GMIS was held 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, at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in March 2017. GMIS2017 left a lasting impression on all participants through global partnerships and innovations, bringing together over 3,000 leaders from governments, businesses and civil society to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally and to identify trends and opportunities in technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and the environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment.

GMIS will continue to work with UNIDO to align manufacturing activities more closely with progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will also work with partners to expand relationships between four constituents – manufacturers, government and NGOs, technologists, and investors – both within and between geographies, and through participation at the formal bi-annual GMIS gathering.