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    10 October 2016

    Re-issued as received

    UNIDO Director General commends Siemens for partnering with the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit

    VIENNA, 10 October (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) - Crucial new partnerships with the private sector are emerging as preparations continue for next year's first Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS), the latest one being with Siemens, the largest engineering company in Europe.

    LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which, together with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Economy, will host the summit, today welcomed the new partnership with Siemens.

    "UNIDO values Siemens' support for GMIS. This signals the start of a long journey that can help bring solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, as well as offer new pathways for transformation in global enterprise," said Director General Li.

    "GMIS is closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, and UNIDO's global initiative to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development. By creating a stage for policymakers and business leaders to share knowledge, GMIS is building a powerful coalition for action in areas that matter to communities across developing and developed nations."

    The Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit will take place from 27 to 30 March 2017, and will be a world-first gathering of global governments, manufacturing businesses and civil society. It will be organized in collaboration with the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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    For more information, please contact

    A. Alcorta
    Director, UNIDO's Department of Policy Research and Statistics
    Email: A.Alcorta[at]