Jim was the opening keynote speaker at the 2nd Global Manufacturing Conference for the International Finance Corporation, a part of of the World Bank Group, held in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The conference saw the attendance of government ministers, business executives, development experts and other officials, with al focus on the economic development opportunities that can come from the acceleration of manufacturing opportunities throughout emerging economies around the world.
This follows up on other high profile global keynotes, including the World Government Summit in Dubai, the WorldSkills Conference in Sao Paolo, the International Roads Union Transportation Summit in Muscat, Oman, and the Swiss Innovation Forum in Zurich, Switzerland.
The booking came after extensive discussions with senior executives at the International Finance Corporation / World Bank on my views on the future of manufacturing, previous keynotes around the world in the manufacturing sector, and of critical importance, my views on the accelerating opportunities of emerging economies including the region of Africa.
Of note, my 25 Trends for 2025 document, a grab bag of trends that examine the future, crystallized several of my viewpoints on emerging market opportunities.
It has long been my belief that we live in an era of the ‘great equalization,’ in which power is shifting from long established regions to those who have the agility, flexibility and wherewithal to adapt and align to fast moving trends.
In the world of manufacturing, a variety of trends – 3D printing, rapid prototyping and design, the acceleration of new materials, accelerating skills shortages, changes in logistics and supply chain methodologies and more – has led us to a period of time in which opportunity abounds in innovative thinking. I’ll be covering these issues and so much more in my upcoming talk, and you’ll certainly hear more about it in the months and weeks to come.
Also, to close, the fact that I’m a Canadian didn’t hurt! Since 2016, I have learned that our nation of diversity, welcoming attitude towards immigration, support of emerging economies, and compassionate thinking, provides us a brand and reputation that aligns well to those who want to focus on the real opportunities of the 21st century, manufacturing opportunities rather than building walls.
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