From July 9 to July 11, the Second Global Summit of Production and Industrialization (GMIS) will take place in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, practically in the center of Russia.

Let’s try to figure out whether the name of the forum corresponds to what will happen in Yekaterinburg.

For a start – a little historical background. The first such summit was held in March 2017 in Abu Dhabi (UAE) at the initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and with the support of the Government of the UAE. The event gathered more than three thousand participants from different countries and became an effective platform for expanding international industrial cooperation in accordance with the new realities of the fourth industrial revolution.

The holding of the GMIS-2019 summit in Yekaterinburg became known at the end of 2017, when a Russian delegation visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of a working visit.

It should be noted that a congress center was built especially for the summit in Yekaterinburg with separate entrances and zones for the location of the top officials.

The summit will be held in conjunction with the 10th International Industrial Exhibition INNOPROM-2019, which is the largest international event held in Russia in the field of industry and scientific and technological innovation.

It is expected that more than 10 heads of state will take part in the summit, its main topics will be nature-like technologies: biometric design and bionics. Discussions will take the form of interactive debates, sessions, and workshops designed to inspire the next generation of industry leaders, innovators, and pioneers.

According to the organizers, the global production and industrialization summit is the first forum in the world to establish global production planning, share best practices, dialogue and make decisions on how to shape the future of production and promote transformational ideas aimed at achieving inclusive sustainable industrial development. By bringing together all relevant stakeholders, GMIS aims to create a global consensus on key issues related to production.

At the same time, the official Russian authorities attach great importance to the upcoming summit: the deputy head of government and part-time chairman of the GMIS-2019 organizing committee Dmitry Kozak, Denis Manturov, minister of industry and trade, and Vladimir Putin’s adviser Anton Kobyakov, have repeatedly spoken about its scale.

In general, the event promises to be interesting both for business representatives and for academia. Despite the persisting disagreements between the West and Russia, a year ago, this country has already shown us that it can perfectly hold events of the highest level. Let’s see if the Russians manage to organize GMIS-2019 as well as a year ago – the World Cup, some of whose games were also held in Yekaterinburg. It may seem illogical to someone to compare football and the industrial summit, but in the age of globalization and the widespread introduction of new technologies, these two events are quite correlated.  

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