Emirates news agency – GMIS2021 ends in UAE with launch of GMIS America


DUBAI, November 23, 2021 (WAM) – The UAE’s industrial sector was in the spotlight on day two of the World Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (# GMIS2021) which also looked at the latest global trends in cutting edge technologies that help build resilient economies.

Co-chaired by the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the summit explored the role of data and connectivity in shaping the future of supply chains, green manufacturing, sustainable energy and climate action.

Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, opened the day by announcing that the ministry will adopt the Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI), the standard used by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to assess digital maturity, for the UAE industrial sector.

His remarks were followed by addresses by Dr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Republic of Austria, who virtually joined the Summit, and Cham Prasidh, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Cambodia Innovation, who delivered the speech on behalf of the Prime Minister of the country.

Karine Elharrar, Minister of Energy of Israel, opened the first roundtable of the morning, titled “The Twin Transition: Where Innovation, Technology and Sustainability Meet”. In her opening speech, she highlighted a new water and energy collaboration project between the UAE, Israel and Jordan as an excellent example of a cross-border innovation partnership that is helping to decarbonise the water sector. energy and thus mitigate the climate crisis. Moderated by Danny Sebright, President of the US – UAE Business Council, the session analyzed the concept of the twin transition – green and digital – and its role in driving sustainable development. Panelists included Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO of UAE Investments in Mubadala, Steven Kiefer, Senior Vice President and Chairman of General Motors South America and International Operations, and Saideep Raj , Head of Global Innovation at Accenture.

Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), delivered a virtual address at the panel discussion on “Government of the Future: A New Roadmap for Global Prosperity”, where he called on countries developed to invest in climate-friendly technologies and digital infrastructure to kickstart a fair recovery from COVID-19.

Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of Namibia, Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy, and Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister of France, discussed the surprising positive impact of the pandemic as an accelerator of digital transformation. They concluded that the governments of the future are digital governments and that it is their duty to ensure that no one is left behind.

An opening speech by Mohamed Abdelhameed Al Askar, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), preceded a round table entitled “Artificial intelligence and robotics: the machine conquers the human?” Which brought together cutting-edge technology experts to discuss the future of humanity in a world powered by AI. Participants included Dr Susanne Bieller, General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Behshad Behzadi, Vice President of Engineering at Google, Chip Pankow, Championship Director at Roborace, Professor Eric Xing, President of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, and Dr Howie Choset, professor of robotics, biomedical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, who joined the panel virtually. Panelists examined the boundaries between humans and machines, reviewed advances in the application of robotics in various industries, and discussed ethical concerns associated with the increasingly widespread use of AI.

At a panel discussion on “Women in Leadership: Leveling the Field”, a group of women technology leaders highlighted the role of science, technology, engineering and math education. (STEM) in leveling the playing field for gender equality in a future workforce, and agreed that talent has no gender. Dr Sekai Nzenza, Minister of Industry and Trade of Zimbabwe, gave a keynote address, in which she acknowledged that access to education had shaped her leadership abilities. Participants included Fatema Al Nuaimi, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Liquified Natural Gas; Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder and CEO of Women in Tech; Chiara Corazza, Special Representative of the G7 and G20 at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society; Tiffany Kelly, Founder and CEO of Beyond Bamboo; and Jan Ward, CEO of Corrotherm.

An opening speech by Abdulkarim Taqi, Director General of the Kuwait Public Authority for Industry (PAI), followed the session.

With a special focus on the host country of the Summit, a dedicated roundtable explored how the UAE’s national strategy for industry and advanced technology, ‘Operation 300 Billion’, aims to boost the development of ‘a diversified industrial economy in the country over the next 30 years. The strategy stems from an integrated vision of the UAE’s Ministry of Technology and Advanced Technologies to strengthen UAE’s industrial sector and make the country a global hub for future industries. Panelists included Abdallah Al Shamsi, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Industrial Growth Sector at the UAE Ministry of Technology and Advanced Technologies; Ing. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel; Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA); Khaleefa Yousef Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of TA’ZIZ; Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, CEO of Emirates Development Bank; and Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City.

Other sessions focused on dark and smart factories, health and safety in a cyber-physical environment, digital mobility and remote working, quantum machine learning (QML), 5G and the cloud, l ‘Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital twins, and the blue economy.

The second day of # GMIS2021 was also marked by announcements of the GMIS 2021 Legacy initiative, known as the “Global Biomedical and Industrial Center” in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Technology and Advanced Technologies and United Nations Industry Organization. Based in the United Arab Emirates, the Center will position itself as a leader in disruptive manufacturing in the organic life sciences sector, attract multi-stakeholder efforts to develop cutting-edge innovations, products and solutions to predict and prevent future pandemics and epidemics, and adopting inclusive, world-class approaches to health care.

“The Global Initiative for Future Industrial Security” was also announced today at a press conference that brought together the Initiative’s partners, namely the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the United Nations United for Industry and the World Summit on Manufacturing and Industrialization. The Global Initiative for Future Industrial Security will act as an international forum to address the security challenges of emerging technologies, fill gaps in security-related standards, open up the industrial landscape, ultimately gathering new ideas for business leaders. business and policy makers.

The closing ceremony, hosted by Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis, President, CEO and Founder of the American Middle East Institute (AMEI), saw the launch of GMIS America, announced by Namir Hourani, CEO of GMIS. The inaugural edition of the annual event will take place in 2022 in Pittsburgh as a tribute to a city that has overcome significant industrial challenges. The announcement was followed by opening remarks by Diane Farrell, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade at the US Department of Commerce, and Thomas Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania.

The session ended with a panel discussion between Michael Lordi, CEO of Elliott Group, a Pennsylvania-based turbomachinery company, Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Robotics Institute. in Manufacturing (ARM), and Danny Sebright. Chairman of the US-UAE Business Council. Bill Flanagan, director of corporate relations at the Allegheny conference on community development, and Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, joined the panel virtually.

# GMIS2021 was part of the six-day GMIS week which runs from November 22-27. GMIS week includes the Global Prosperity Conference and Green Chain Conference exploring alternative and renewable energy on November 24, and country-focused conferences in partnership with the UK, Australia and Italy. November 24 and 25. Throughout the week, the Summit is also hosting an exhibition to highlight the UAE government’s ‘Make it in the Emirates’ campaign, a one-of-a-kind initiative to encourage local and international investors, developers and innovators. to benefit from the facilities and incentives offered by the country’s industrial sector.


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