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GMIS PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH AND THEIR ROLE IN THE FUTURE GLOBAL ECONOMY
The first-ever Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) being held in Abu Dhabi has offered young people key insights into the future of manufacturing and the role they can play in promoting global prosperity.
As the inaugural gathering of manufacturing and industry policymakers, private sector companies and civil society, GMIS organisers say a key goal is to incentivise young minds to think about ways they can connect with the monumental changes taking place around them, namely the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
With digitisation reshaping the global economy - from artificial intelligence to robotics - GMIS' Youth Workshops gave its participants the opportunity to meet with leading companies and key stakeholders, to develop opportunities and knowledge transfer.
Commenting on its involvement in GMIS' Youth program, Niels Caszo, Global President of AIESEC - one of the world's largest non-profit youth organisations - said:
"I realised it was extremely important to bring that youth element, to bring that human element, to realise that with technology and change and digitalisation, there also needs to be a bigger sense of being human... to get man and machine to work together."
Leading GMIS partner and global technology company Siemens took the opportunity at GMIS to announce a $108m grant to five UAE universities to develop local skills.
Commenting on the move, Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East said:
"We believe that education is an essential part of the road that we have to go down, which is digitalisation. And it starts at the universities, where young students get acquainted with technologies that are today available, and that they can use to shape this digitalisation of the future."
The software grant will be used to develop future talent in the UAE - as the country looks to become a centre for high-tech manufacturing and future technologies.
GMIS, which is being co-hosted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), runs at the Paris Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi until the 30th March.
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