Russia aims for #GMIS2019

| May 21, 2019

After losing its bid to host Expo 2020, Russia’s Yekaterinburg is aiming for another ambitious event – The Global Manufacturing and Industrial Summit (GMIS- 2019). The 2nd GMIS will be held through 9-11 July and will become a part of the INNOPROM, the largest industrial annual trade fair, writes Olga Malik.

According to the authorities, the GMIS-2019 agenda will be focused on nature-like technologies, also known as biomimetic design and bionics. The main goal of GMIS-2019 is to emphasize the importance of using wisely opportunities offered by the nature and to combine innovative solutions and environmentally friendly design.

According to the region’s governor Evgeny Kuivashev, among the key tasks required for successful organization and hosting a large number of international guests is recreation development and creation of new parks and green zones in the city. The governor’s statement is widely discussed due to the recent events in Yekaterinburg where activists stormed one of the city’s central parks in protest against a new church saying that building St Catherine’s Cathedral would destroy one of the city’s few green zones. The protests widely covered by the international media services including BBC, AP and others, have finally come to an end as the city authorities promised to find a compromise.

Yekaterinburg was announced the city that will host the GMIS-2019 at the end of 2017, when a Russian delegation visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of a working visit. The first GMIS was held in March 2017 in Abu Dhabi (UAE) as the initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and with the support of the government of the UAE.

By the start of GMIS-2019’s exhibition centre Ekaterinburg Expo, the summit’s platform will have a new congress hall (with separate entrances and areas where top officials can be accommodated), while the number of parking spaces will be increased from 3,800 to 6,100. It is expected that the GMIS will be visited by more than 3,000 international guests and more than 10 presidents of different countries.


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