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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.

GMIS will offer a voice and venue for leaders to transform manufacturing, encourage greater investment in capabilities, foster innovation and drive global skills development. The Summit will unite over 1,200 delegates including visionary world leaders, expert industry CEOs and specialist researchers and academics to provide long-term innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturers play a crucial role in the exponentially evolving world economy, accounting for almost 17% of global GDP over the past 5-10 years. 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. These challenges can no longer be resolved in vacuum; they require a global solution.

The first edition of GMIS will be hosted in Abu Dhabi on March 27-30, 2017 by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Centred between the emerging East and the industrialised West, between the affluent North and the developing South, Abu Dhabi is  the ideal strategic location for GMIS.

H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri
UAE Minister of Economy

“We will be witnessing an elite gathering of minds, stalwarts of public and private sectors as well  as  key figures in society. Together they will carve out  a road map for manufacturing industries globally. GMIS will facilitate knowledge transfer from leading international experts, bring potential partners to  the UAE to encourage investment and increase inflow of foreign direct investment, and help develop local SMEs by exposing them to international best practices and capital sources.”

H.E. Li Yong
Director General of UNIDO

“We need to strengthen our efforts to build a  resilient manufacturing infrastructure to promote inclusive sustainable industrialisation while fostering innovation. The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit offers a unique and special opportunity to debate these issues and identify the solutions. We need to think how to develop the manufacturing capabilities of countries, including their SMEs, and how to promote global value chains across key manufacturing sectors.”