The rapid advance of digital technologies has had profoundly positive impacts on the human condition, yet the gains have not always been distributed equitably. When it comes to access to current information and communications technology, for example, it’s still very much a world of haves and have nots. Just consider this finding: Almost half of the world’s population is still without Internet access.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is working to bridge this “digital divide,” in part by facilitating collaboration among organizations in the public and private sectors to accelerate digital transformation around the world. That’s a key goal of the UN-backed Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS).
GMIS was established in 2015 to build bridges among manufacturers, governments, multilateral organizations, technologists, the research community and investors, in order to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s transformative potential for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. A joint initiative between