NOVEMBER 13-14, 2019
The 2nd IFC Global Manufacturing Conference will be held in Marrakech, one of the busiest and most well-connected cities in Africa that serves as a major economic center and tourist destination. The conference will bring leading firms with a significant footprint in emerging markets together with government officials and international experts to network, share experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges of harnessing technology for development.
Technology plays a pivotal role in manufacturing by giving companies a competitive edge. Rapid evolution in technology has spawned advances in connectivity, efficiency and cost reduction. Manufacturers operating in emerging markets can harness new technologies to achieve sustainable success. The impact of technology in manufacturing encompasses products, processes and value chains across a spectrum of economic complexity.
Over two days, participants will discuss how technological evolution in manufacturing is changing how products are designed and made; integrating supply chains and creating new value chains; enabling the sustainable manufacturing of products with lower environmental impact; allowing for leapfrogging of development stages in production, process or value chains; and impacting the labor force and support services needed.
The keynote will be delivered by Jim Carroll, an international thought leader and authority on future global trends and how to incorporate innovation and creativity for success. The author of Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, Carroll has been featured in BusinessWeek as one of four leading sources for insight into future trends and innovation, and was a featured expert on the CNBC Series, The Business of Innovation.
Q&A with Jim Carroll
This session will explore how various advanced technologies can help increase the competitiveness of industrial firms based in emerging markets. It will discuss cases of in-house built up acquired knowledge, technological cooperation through JVs or licensing agreements, or targeted acquisitions.
This session will explore what technology means in a manufacturing environment, including how process technologies are changing and how manufacturers can future-proof their operations. Manufacturers in emerging markets can use advances in connectivity, monitoring and data processing to improve productivity, energy efficiency and quality to enhance their competitiveness and business performance.
This session will address the importance of manufacturing for job creation and developing a productive workforce in emerging markets and how technological advancements in manufacturing are impacting the type and quality of jobs. The session will provide examples of some of these impacts and how technology can be used to improve labor conditions in manufacturing.
This session will focus on how technology is impacting companies and influencing the length, complexity and transparency of their value chains. It will also seek to distill and exchange best practices from one value chain to another. Discussions will focus on issues such as sustainability along value chains, creating a level playing field, and connecting value chain actors as well as the drivers or production such as trade policies and logistics that are critical to well-functioning value chains.
This session will present views from leading private sector companies along the value chain on what sustainability means to them, and how are they integrating sustainability principles into their corporate objectives and investment plans. It will probe and present examples of how technology change has helped them address environmental impacts or adapt to increased business risks.
There is a strong positive relationship between the complexity of a country and its level of GDP growth, with technology in manufacturing playing a pivotal role in the development of complexity. This panel will bring together key stakeholders from a spectrum of countries with manufacturing sectors in different stages of complexity portraying the results, challenges and opportunities that arise from the implementation and/or enabling of technology from the private sector’s and government’s perspective.
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IFC brought together business, government and thought leaders from developed and emerging markets at its inaugural manufacturing conference on October 24-25, 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Read conference eMagazine for a roundup of industry and thought leaders' discussions at the conference.
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