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The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat is set to host the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) Connect Roadshow from November 14-15, 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Organisers say the objective of the GMIS is to explore in detail the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) on the region’s manufacturing, industrialization and investment prospects.

The two–day roadshow will focus on showcasing the importance of the 4IR for industry development in Eastern Africa and provide examples on how its adoption can be further accelerated.

The roadshow will also identify opportunities to promote investments into the 4IR and craft policies to foster it’s absorption as well as explore opportunities for the development of, and linking to, national and regional projects that could foster industrial transformation.

The roadshow will introduce policy-makers and private sector representatives to an analysis, based on statistical indicators, on progress that countries and sectors have made in the adoption of advanced technologies and use the information for evidence-based policy-making.

Further, the roadshow will promote GMIS 2020 Hannover among important stakeholders in industrial development in East Africa, showcasing the types of partnerships and linkages to key players in the industry.

The GMIS roadshow, organised in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), brings together representatives of East African industrial and manufacturing companies including SMEs and start-ups; business associations; representatives of African Governments (industry and related); academia; think tanks; training and education institutions; UN organizations and civil society organizations, including representatives of youth and women.

The GMIS roadshow is expected to create a greater awareness about the opportunities and challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the regional industrial sector and the associated decision makers as well as other stakeholders.

A joint initiative by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) is a multi-stakeholder platform that brings together partners in advanced manufacturing to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for inclusive and sustainable industrial development

The GMIS Connect Roadshow in Arusha is part of GMIS Connect programme that prepares for the large GMIS 2020 Conference to be held Hannover, Messe in Germany.