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Global Manufacturing and Inudtrialisation Summit and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises to promote public-private sector collaboration

● First Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit to open doorways to encourage public-private sector dialogue

● Inter-sector cooperation to be a key topic of discussion between representatives of government, companies, and NGOs at Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

13 March 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (La Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc – CGEM), to further strengthen collaboration between the Moroccon public and private sector and the global manufacturing community, promoting favourable regulatory and business environments to boost manufacturing activities worldwide.

Established in 1947, CGEM is the prominent representative of private sector companies in Morocco. The Confederation has 88,000 direct and affiliated members, with the main goal of facilitating conversation that leads to the development of an optimal business environment. CGEM is a strong advocate of the private sector’s contribution to economic and social development, and works on an international level through its 43 business councils, encouraging and promoting policies that foster enterprise development.

The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will be held at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, UAE, from March 27-30, 2017. A joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and co-hosted with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Summit will be 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. The Summit is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together leaders in business, government and civil society to shape a vision for the sector’s future.

From traditional to high-tech industries, developed to emerging economies, the Summit will encourage the values pursued by CGEM; in addition to focusing on the development of manufacturing capabilities, promoting global value chains, finding ways in which to foster sustainable practices and job creation, and implementing standards that will govern the technological progression of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).


“Collaboration between the public and private sectors is a driving force in economic development,” said Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun, President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises. “CGEM was established to act as an intermediary for businesses – creating an open line of communication with government and public authorities. This ensures that decisions made are in the best interests of those companies that contribute to the growth of the economy, by supporting the specific needs and requirements they may have. By signing an MoU with GMIS, we are reaffirming our commitment to promoting the development of optimal economic conditions for businesses in Morocco and beyond.”

Badr Al-Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, said: “Collaborative efforts between the public and private sector are the key to ensuring sustainable, inclusive economic growth. The work that CGEM does is a benchmark for the world. Enabling industry players, whether established or start-ups, to fully benefit from legislation through public-private partnerships cannot be overlooked, and we hope to highlight the work done by CGEM as a case study at GMIS.”

“Successful economies cannot be built isolation; it requires the collaboration of both the public and private sectors to lay a solid foundation that will be conducive to sustainable growth and, in turn, the generation of wealth and employment. The manufacturing sector in particular will benefit from increased communication between governments and manufacturers, given that we are in an age of disruption as 4IR technologies revolutionise processes and products.”, Al-Olama added.

The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit aims to build strategic alliances that can leverage opportunities surfaced by industrial development, especially digital transformation and global value chains, to restore global prosperity.


About The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit
As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics. The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit will deliver (i) a voice for transformational ideas, (ii) a venue for the generation of new networks and cross-industry partnerships, (iii) a showcase for pilot projects arising from cross-industry research, and (iv) a post-event report with recommendations for action to be submitted to global stakeholders. It is planned that the Summit will be held in leading global cities every other year, with the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in Abu Dhabi in March 2017. See www.gmisummit.com.

Global Agenda on the Future of Manufacturing
The conference will focus on the role of manufacturing in reconstructing the global economy and restoring global prosperity. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with civil society representatives, will gather together to discuss global challenges facing the manufacturing sector. The discussions will focus around six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment. The participants will form working groups to identify concrete action plans and recommendations that outline potential solutions to global issues, as well as showcase best practices and case studies from across the world. To highlight an example of global issues, the inaugural conference will focus on the issue of economic migration with the aim of establishing a manufacturing platform that will bring together countries facing emigration or immigration challenges, with regional countries that seek to support economic reconstruction.  These countries will work together with manufacturers and the wider United Nations network on restoring global prosperity.

The Manufacturing Expo
Capitalising on the huge presence of the global manufacturing community under a single meeting venue, the Manufacturing Exhibition will offer space to corporations looking to showcase their products, services and latest innovations or technologies that can further contribute to promoting global economic development. The Manufacturing Expo consists of four components: an exhibition showcasing the manufacturing capabilities of the host country; international pavilions showcasing the manufacturing capabilities and economic incentives of each participating country; an innovation exhibition that demonstrates the latest fourth industrial revolution technologies; and an event for SMEs to present their products and solutions to potential customers.

The Global Value Chain Market:
The Global Value Chain Market (GVCM) is a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and opportunities. The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meetings with the vision of forging investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, and encouraging technological transfer and knowhow. The platform will enable countries to identify and meet global manufacturers to promote industrial development, and familiarise global manufacturers with targeted industrial activities in various countries. The GVCM will become a source of valuable information for global investments, providing insights on legislation and regulations, sovereign risk, political stability, and physical and logistical infrastructure.

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