Manufacturers play a crucial role in the exponentially evolving world economy, generating wealth for investors, taxes for governments, and employing half a billion people worldwide. They are also facing challenges from rapid transformations in technology and global value chains that are driven by the unpredictable impact of the digital revolution, increasing cost pressures and geopolitical uncertainty. These challenges can no longer be resolved in isolation, they require a global solution – a solution that will also bring manufacturing closer to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), for the benefits of businesses as well as the communities they serve.
As the world’s first cross-industry initiative, GMIS offered a voice and venue for leaders to engage on the future of manufacturing, highlighting the need for greater investment in capabilities to foster innovation and drive global skills development. Uniting key stakeholders, including visionary world leaders, expert industry CEOs and specialist researchers and academics, GMIS placed manufacturing at the heart of economic transformation and government policy making, promoting it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.
By addressing the future of manufacturing, we need to recognise the role of the future workforce. Hence, hosting the first edition of GMIS at the Paris Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi was an unconventional, yet appropriate and symbolic, venue. By bringing together over 3,000 leaders from governments, businesses and civil society organisations, I am confident that #GMIS2017 left a lasting impression on all participants. I am pleased to enclose the #GMIS2017 Report which includes the Outcome Statement and Summary Report, both of which capture the spirit and aspirations of the special collaboration created by an international audience that spanned from over 40 countries to collaborate and contribute towards global good, working for the benefit of all.
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