President of the Russian Federation, addresses the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

Calls for international approach to combatting global challenges with new technologies

President of the Russian Federation, addresses the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit
  • President Vladimir Putin gave a welcome address in front of High-level Ministerial Delegates, Government Officials and Industry Leaders at the Second Edition of the Summit, which will conclude on 11 July in Yekaterinburg, Russia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: – Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, used his keynote speech on the opening day of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) to call for a collaborative approach to addressing some of the fundamental and civilizational challenges of our time, and said Russia was open to a broad and equal cooperation.

A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), President Putin indicated it was vital to find systematic responses to the challenges we are facing in order to improve people’s lives, which he added was the ultimate goal of technological progress that remained a  responsibility for the future of the planet and required people from all nations to work together.

Addressing the Summit in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, which he described as a necessary international platform for an in-depth conversation on the challenges of our new technological era, the President said the hope that technology alone could save the planet from our ever-increasing environmental footprint had thus far proved to be an illusion, and warned that if nothing was done to address it, booming technology will not allay but aggravate ecological challenges, such as resource depletion and climate change.

President Putin added that ensuring clean air, water, food and quality of life for billions required drastically new technologies which are less resource intensive and ecologically friendly. He stated “Such uber efficient scientific engineering and manufacturing solutions will allow us to strike a proper balance between the biological and technological spheres to reduce and control the human footprint. This includes nature-inspired technologies which imitate natural processes and follow the laws of nature.”

Earlier in day, the Summit opened with a live technology display featuring robots that told the story of the evolution of industrial technology and explored how it can be harnessed to develop the manufacturing sector in harmony with nature to solve some of the major challenges that have emerged in tandem with industrialisation. 

Badr Al-Olama, Head of Organising Committee, Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, delivered the Welcome Address to the Summit, focusing on how nature can inspire the development of technology that could provide a path to a more sustainable future for humanity.

Al-Olama added: “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.”

Further keynote addresses and panel discussions were delivered by Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, H.E. Eng. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation, Li Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Mikhail Kovalchuk, President, Kurchatov Institute National Research Centre.

Other high-level delegates in attendance at the Summit included H.E. Eng. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates, H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Group Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala Investment Company, Gulnaz Kadyrova, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation, H.E. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Cambodia, Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Republic of Kazakhstan, and Pavel Utyupin, Minister of Industry, Republic of Belarus, along with along with several other high-level ministerial delegates and private sector leaders from around the world.

A special youth and start-up programme took place alongside the first day of the Summit. The programme featured a number of workshops, panel sessions and inspiring presentations that highlighted the role of young professionals in industry and how they can drive the agenda towards building sustainable industrial development. 

Another main programme attraction was the  ‘Billion Ruble Pitch’, a competition where industrial start-ups pitched their innovative solutions to potential investors. The competition aimed to increase the pipeline of industrial and innovative start-ups to meet the objectives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade departmental project Russian Federation "Digital industry".

In a panel discussion focusing on manufacturing FDI to accelerate industrialisation and boost economic growth, the role of private-public partnerships were discussed along with the key factors to FDI inflows impacted by the changing manufacturing landscape.

H.E. Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of Senaat, highlighted that the UAE is very active in attracting FDI and have been clear about what they’re trying to achieve. The UAE has been putting in a lot of effort into infrastructure, Al Dhaheri said, with a huge industrial landscape attracting businesses and investments.

Dr. Sergey Kravchenko, President of Boeing Russia/CIS, Boeing International, Innovation Accelerator Leader, Boeing Global Services, emphasised that what is important when it comes to FDI is capacity, capability and global talent. The digital economy is inevitable, he noted, with services being as important as platforms if not more so. Kravchenko said that historically, foreign direct investments were made to build plants or engineering centres and now the essence is to invest in great ideas.

During a panel discussion on industrial policy and development in the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the discussion was pivoted to developing countries while looking at how the intelligent crafting of industrial policy is becoming a crucial activity for governments.

Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Chief, Innovation and Partnership (IP) Department of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said that ITU has been contributing to core technologies such as internet of things, cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence has been adding value to education, healthcare, manufacturing, and mining among other sectors, she noted. With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the role of the government has entered a new age, Kim said. No single organisation can form industrial policy, she said, and added that it meant unprecedented collaboration among government, industry, academia and the civil society.

H.E. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Cambodia, highlighted that not all businesses or individuals have embraced the resulting technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As policy makers, he stressed, it was important to bear this in mind. The benefits of adopting new Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies aren’t necessarily clear to many SMEs which means they fear investing in such innovation. Governments, therefore, need to build public awareness around this issue and build the right infrastructure to do so, while citing the Cambodian government’s willingness to be early adopters and lead by example.

Panellists during a discussion also concluded that a combination of government regulation and social responsibility among manufacturers would be needed for the circular economy to truly take off. Petri Peltonen, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland emphasised the circular economy was common sense. He said the world needed science and technology to push at one end and it was also important to create a market pull for sustainable solutions.

In a session focusing on best practice caused by digitisation, the effects of digitisation on the mining sector were discussed. Dr. Martin Wedig, Expert of GIZ and Managing Director of German Federation of International Mining and Mineral Activities (VRB), highlighted that there is a tremendous impact for the mining industry with the upcoming digitisation, the value chain integration and the real time data transmission over different locations of mines.

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) is taking place from 9 to 11 July in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg and will address key topics that are emerging as Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies continue to drive the transformation of the global manufacturing sector.


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About GMIS:

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) transformation of manufacturing, to enable the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), GMIS is a platform that presents the manufacturing sector with an opportunity to contribute towards global good, and that is committed to bringing benefit to all. As the world’s first cross-industry initiative, GMIS offers a platform for leaders to engage on the issue of the future of manufacturing, highlighting the need for greater investment in capabilities to foster innovation and drive skills development on a global scale. Uniting key stakeholders - including world leaders, industry CEOs, and specialist researchers and academics - GMIS has placed manufacturing at the heart of economic transformation and government policy-making, promoting it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.

The first edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in March 2017. It brought together over 3,000 leaders from government, business, and civil society from over 40 countries to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally, and to identify key trends and opportunities across 6 themes. 

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