The digital economy in Asia Pacific is expected to contribute USD 1 trillion to GDP over the next decade. Digitalisation and sustainable development are key to this growth.
Watch Ministers from Indonesia & Cambodia and other high profile policymakers from Vietnam and Philippines debate the importance of adequately utilising technology enabled solutions to contribute to a system-wide transition and achieve decarbonisation targets.
The convergence of digital technologies and the manufacturing sector has been proceeding at an unprecedented pace over the past decade, leading to advanced innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3D printing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) inter alia disrupting the global industrial landscape. The economic gains associated with this shift are enormous, with the UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2016 estimating the increase in added value at between USD 16 and 35 trillion per annum by 2025. However, the advanced manufacturing landscape remains severely lopsided, with the UNIDO Industrial Development Report 2020 finding that just four economies (those of the United States, China, Japan and Germany) account for some 77% of advanced innovation patents globally, while 88 economies in the Global South play little or no role in the global advanced technology sector, either as users or consumers. Africa is particularly concerned with these growing inequalities for a number of reasons, as it is home to the majority of the world’s Least Developed Countries and faces a number of legacy issues preventing easy access to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), most notably in terms of digital infrastructure.
Digital transformation was already underway before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Latin America and the Caribbean last year. But the health crisis accelerated this process, advancing technological penetration, the use of digital tools and the development of innovative solutions in the form of products, processes, and business models.
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis can generate a steep learning curve and sustainably improve corporate resilience as a result.
Innovation, during times of struggle, remains the driving force behind the advancement of humanity and the acceleration of global good.
It is important for manufacturer’s today to leverage the increasing preference of consumers to purchase online and reflect the purchasing patterns to predict and plan future production requirements in order for the business to thrive.
Cross-examining regional approaches to Glocalisation
The session explores what the challenges in Latin America are of reviving the industrial and manufacturing sectors and transforming them to drive innovation and growth post-pandemic.
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we will undoubtedly see countries shift towards more domestic production and capacity building programmes for the local workforce
Hydrogen has emerged as an important part of the clean energy mix needed to ensure a sustainable future. Falling costs for hydrogen produced with renewable energy, coupled with the urgency of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, has given hydrogen unprecedented political and business momentum.
The fast technological advancements facing our world today is unleashing exciting opportunities and at the same time creating challenges for us as experts and decision-makers. All in the backdrop of the COVID 19; is a further challenge on MSMEs sustaining their current operations, let alone developing growth plans.
The regulation of industrial safety and health needs constant adoption of innovative approaches to improve effectiveness and enhance monitoring capabilities.
The Society 5.0 is conceptualised as “human society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space.”
This session will shed insight on robotics trends that are driving the evolution of manufacturing automation and explore how robots could be used to meet our production needs during the remote-work nature of a pandemic.
The proposed session explores how gender lens investing contributes to building back better by applying a gender lens in the identification of long-term recovery solutions.
Further efforts should be made to integrate MSMEs into the digital ecosystem, providing them with new tools and technologies so that they can more intensively compete in the market.
This session will examine how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
This session explores how Chinese manufacturers proved themselves to be a crucial stabilizer for global industrial and supply chains, and what specific China experiences can be shared globally