IFC 2nd Global Manufacturing Conference




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.



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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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Opening Keynote

Learn how emerging markets benefit from global supply chains in manufacturing from Ricardo Hausmann, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University.

Closing Keynote

Learn how renewable energy creates new opportunities for manufacturers from Michael Liebreich, Founder and Advisory Board Chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Highlights Video

Watch short video of the exciting discussions and interactions that took place at the conference.

All Sessions

Watch full video recording of the panel discussions that took place during the days of the conference.




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