UAE’s industrial leaders head to USA to join global dialogue on net-zero future of manufacturing

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, US, As co-chair of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) will lead a UAE delegation of high-level government and industry leaders on a visit to the City of Pittsburgh to participate in a global platform that will shape the future of manufacturing in a net zero world.


The UAE’s delegation will be part of over 60 international experts that will convene at the inaugural edition of GMIS America from 28th–30th September 2022, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.


Seeking to explore new areas of growth and global cooperation, the UAE’s delegation will present the country’s business environment and many competitive advantages and incentives that make it attractive to foreign investors, manufacturers, innovators, and SMEs. Emirati experts will share their knowledge and fresh perspectives on advancing sustainable manufacturing practices and the global energy transition.


Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director, will deliver a recorded keynote address highlighting the UAE’s commitment to comprehensive and sustainable industrialisation, strengthening UAE-USA trade ties, and stimulating cross-border collaboration through the UAE’s national strategy for industry and advanced technology and the Make It in the Emirates campaign.


As part of GMIS America’s inaugural ceremony, Omar Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary of MoIAT, will join Diane Farrell, US Deputy Under-Secretary for International Trade to deliver keynotes while Bill Peduto, Former Mayor of Pittsburgh, and Richard Fitzgerald, Alleghany County Executive will give welcome addresses on Day 1 of GMIS America.


Al Suwaidi said, “The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology continues to drive the UAE’s national industrial strategy, focusing on cross-border collaborations and developing partnerships in line with the UAE leadership’s vision to enhance international cooperation and drive industrial progress. It works to establish an attractive business environment for local and international investors, positioning the UAE as a leading global destination for industries of the future.


“GMIS America provides a platform to showcase the UAE’s exceptional value proposition to international businesses, and the promising investment opportunities within the UAE’s industrial sector. It’s also an ideal event to present the unprecedented incentives it offers to local and foreign industrial investors, in a way that guarantees a conducive environment with advanced legislation and infrastructure that enables their products to access regional and global markets. We look forward to the dialogue and potential partnerships between the USA and the UAE that will spur greater strategic ties and bilateral relations between the two nations.”


MoIAT will host an interactive panel to present the country’s national strategy for industry and advanced technology – Operation 300bn – inviting industrialists, investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to engage and benefit from the UAE’s unique investment environment and fast-growing industrial sector. Omar Al Suwaidi will inaugurate the discussions while Humaid Mohamed bin Salem, Secretary-General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI); will join Mansoor Janahi, Group CEO of Sanad; Saud Abu Al-Shawareb​, Managing Director​ of Dubai Industrial City; Ahmed Awad, VP Program Management and & Business Performance of Strata; Ibtisam Al Saadi, Industrial Development Department Director of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, and Jake Skelton, CEO of EGA Americato, debate the role of advanced technologies in boosting sustainable industrial development and highlight collaboration opportunities within the UAE’s robust industrial sector.


The ministry-led panel session will also feature key UAE industrial champions, who will share their expansion plans and opportunities, highlighting the unique enabling environment the UAE offers to international businesses looking to launch operations in the country.


The USA and the UAE share a multi-faceted and rapidly growing partnership, one that is underpinned by extensive trade relations. The ministry will host a networking luncheon on Day 2, to share their expertise and highlight innovative areas of collaboration that can facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships and accelerate industry transformation.


Mansoor Janahi, Group CEO of Sanad will be joined by Daniel Crowley, CEO of Triumph Group, Elias Merrawe, VP UAE Civil Accounts of Thales UAE, and Richard Petrucci​, Managing Director​ of White Oak on a panel titled ‘Redefining value in the 4IR era: the future of industrial services’ to discuss how their companies are adapting to Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies.


Omar Al Mahmoud, CEO of ICT Fund, Foundation Partner of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, will be joined by Tariq Al Hashimi, Director of Technology Adoption and Development at the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT); Lonnie Love​, Corporate Fellow at the Energy and Transportation Science Division​ of Oak Ridge National Lab; and Audrey Russo, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Technology Council on a panel titled Forecasting the future of 4IR: Creating value from decentralisation, where they will debate the role of digitalisation and data exchange in decentralising global supply chains.


Mohammed Al Ahmedi, CEO​ of Ducab Metals​; Thomas Bruns, Regional Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi; and Kendrick Tang, Rail Planning and Sales Director at Etihad Rail, will gather on a panel to discuss how regional trade agreements can be structured to future proof supply chains and global economies.


Namir Hourani, Managing Director of the GMIS Organising Committee, said, “Following its inauguration in the United Arab Emirates, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit has been hosted in some of the world’s leading industrial and technology hubs to promote collaboration in the form of sharing resources, expertise, and knowledge, which is the foundation for long-term mutually beneficial partnerships. This will be our first of many GMIS America editions, which we plan on holding in the innovative city of Pittsburgh annually, and which we hope will encourage cooperation, empower businesses and accelerate industrial transformation. I look forward to engaging discussions between the UAE delegation and international leaders, which I am certain will result in exciting commercial opportunities.”


The UAE’s leaders will be joined by c-suite executives and senior leaders from leading USA-based organisations, including: Daniel Crowley, CEO of Triumph Group; Dr. Haakan Jonsson, Chairman and President of Covestro USA LLC; Bryan Salesky, Founder and CEO of Argo AI; Ian Walsh, President and CEO of Kaman; John Dyck, CEO of CESMII Smart Manufacturing Institute; Jeanne Cunicelli, President of UPMC Enterprises; Diane Holder, CEO of UPMC Health Plan; Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh; Mike Lordi, CEO (Ret.) of Elliott Group; Dr. Aziz Asphahani, Chairman and CEO of QuesTek Innovations LLC; Dr. Samuel Kernion, CEO of CorePower Magnetics; and Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection.


Source: Emirates News Agency