Industrial Transformation MEXICO
October 7 - 9, 2020, Poliforum León, León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Industry 4.0 and Social Equality

Last Wednesday I attended “Toward a South-Southeast of the Future”, an event in Oaxaca hosted by Concamin and the state government of Oaxaca.

Those of us who took part had the opportunity to witness the signing of the Oaxaca Pact and learn at firsthand about the four pillars of regional growth proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: support for micro, small and mid-size companies; tax incentives; infrastructure and the attraction of private capital.

President López Obrador underlined the importance of horizontal, equitable development  nationwide.

Like the President and many of the executives and industrialists present, I believe that promoting equal opportunities needs to be a priority for Mexico.

In this regard, I see Industry 4.0 as an unprecedented opportunity, because there is a place for it in every one of the development pillars mentioned by the President, but more importantly, it has the capacity to bring us closer to social equality.

In 2018, UNESCO organized the International Innovation Forum in Guanajuato.

The forum’s concluding document states that: “the Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to educate individuals and communities, creating new opportunities for economic, social and personal development.” The goal is to bring Internet access and education to every region of the country and use technology as a tool for social equality.

For example, Industry 4.0 is more beneficial to the top parts of value chains, i.e.  those with an innovation component or that promote design and bespoke products.

Our country’s artisans enjoy international prestige and putting a community of 3 billion consumers within their reach will directly improve their possibilities for economic development.

For example, I know of groups of artisans from Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, that use social media to sell their rugs around the world and KPMG has published several case studies on how access to technology and Industry 4.0 have been instrumental in empowering indigenous communities in Australia by tearing down trade barriers and straddling distances.

A few questions remain unanswered though: How can we ensure every state in the Mexico of the future plays a leading role?

What part do we want Industry 4.0 and innovation to play in the Oaxaca Pact?

How can we make Industry 4.0 a platform that reinforces the development pillars outlined by the Mexican government?

We will be discussing these and many other questions at Industrial Transformation Mexico, the first Hannover Messe fair in Latin America, on October 9-11 at the Poliforum León, Guanajuato.

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By Bernd Rohde
Director-General of Hannover Fairs Mexico

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