By Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation at UNIDO
In October 2019, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the Organizing Committee of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), organized GMIS Connect Mexico, a multi-sectorial platform set up to analyze challenges and opportunities associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the progress Mexico has made in terms of manufacturing technology. The event took place at Industrial Transformation Mexico (ITM 2019), the leading Industry 4.0 tradeshow in Mexico and the first Hannover Messe in Latin America.
GMIS Connect Mexico was an opportunity for participants from the private sector, state and local governments, international and regional organizations, academia and civil society to analyze the realities of the country’s industry and evaluate the success with which public programs and policies have been implemented in some of the manufacturing sectors that are central to the Mexican economy.
The challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution were the starting point for GMIS Connect Mexico, which broached strategic issues like the circular economy, innovation and quality infrastructure for market access and integration into value chains. These topics clearly reflect UNIDO’s mission, which is to promote inclusive, sustainable industrial development and the four key pillars of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: smart manufacturing, smart agriculture, the circular economy and smart energy.
The final GMIS Connect Mexico report summarizes points of consensus that will help pave the way to the country’s transition to Industry 4.0. The document also includes the application of UNIDO’s technical models for Mexico’s digital transformation: the creation of knowledge, norms and standards; the development of capacities and the training of professionals; the digital transformation of small and midsize companies and the inclusion of vulnerable sectors; the adoption of specific technologies by sector; and the promotion of smart platforms and innovative ecosystems based on collaboration and strategic alliances. Likewise, it outlines four priority areas of influence: 1) Promotion of the creation of knowledge, marketing and the development of skills; 2) Assurances for the inclusion of vulnerable sectors of the population; 3) Creation of institutions (norms, standards and conventions) and; 4) Leverage of multiple stakeholders and associations.
UNIDO has participated in every edition of Hannover Messe in Germany since 2015 and has organized several events to promote Industry 4.0, helping identify and assess the risks associated with technological progress, and promoting collaboration platforms that benefit companies and attract investment.
Now, with the arrival of Industrial Transformation Mexico, Latin America has an effective business, educational and political platform for the promotion of transfers of knowledge and ideas that will accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies, in addition to attracting investment and empowering cooperation.
At its very first edition in 2019, ITM managed to bring together under one roof the most important industrial transformation events and national and international decision-makers (over 30,000 visitors), making this the ideal forum for drawing up Mexico’s first Agenda 4.0 and a testimony to the fact that there is the necessary will in the country to make an inclusive and sustainable transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
With the support of GMIS, ITM, its partners and allies, we firmly believe UNIDO can better dispose countries toward guaranteeing a positive transition to Industry 4.0 and capitalize on opportunities to create prosperity for their societies, while protecting the planet.
The final GMIS Connect Mexico report can be downloaded at: https://www.unido.org/sites/default/files/files/2020-04/ITM%202019%20Report_English_DIGITAL_FINAL_BCS.pdf