The second edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) got underway with a light show and technology display featuring robots to tell the story of the evolution of industrialisation. The show emphasised how technology, when inspired by nature, can offer the potential to bring about major transformation of the manufacturing sector and for humanity.
Delivering the welcome address, Badr Al Olama, head of the organising committee, Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit focused on how we must turn to nature for inspiration as we develop new technologies in order for us to be able to provide a path to a more sustainable future for humanity.
Al Olama said: “As custodians of the planet, we have a collective responsibility to protect it for all humanity. In an era in which the general talk is of smart phones, smart cars, and smart homes, it is smart thinking that is needed to turn a serious mind to our relationship with one another, and with society as a whole. The early seeds that were planted at the Paris Climate Accord are now taking root. We must not let ourselves stray away from the commitments that were made; commitments that were made with future generations in mind.”
Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, delivered a special address to delegates, welcoming them to Russia and emphasising Yekaterinburg’s ‘rightful claim’ to being the country’s industrial capital thanks to its established manufacturing base.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak stressed that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) serves as a platform to strengthen industrial manufacturing cooperation and provide for a coordinated understanding of the future at a time when economic competition and rivalry was creating uncertainty.
Engineer Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry, told delegates that the Global Manufacturing and Industrial Summit (GMIS) offered a way to share learnings on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it is transforming our way of life and can contribute to the prosperity of humankind by advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
He told the audience that the UAE is fully committed to advancing its manufacturing sector and that the country is putting these words into action by launching multiple initiatives, such as appointing the first Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world, launching a national strategy for advanced innovation, and the establishment of the Dubai 3D printing strategy. He said these initiatives would prepare the UAE to play a key role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
He added that the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, through its partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), would help the UAE to spread its commitment to advance manufacturing throughout the world.
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin also delivered a keynote address in which he emphasised that the Internet of Things must not be allowed to drive the world into a resource and environmental dead-end, but at the same time human progress should not be stopped in its tracks. The solution, the president highlighted, was to develop drastically new technologies and technological devices that are more efficient and less resource intensive.
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