The key topics of the Industry and ICT Ministerial Meeting
The G7 ICT and Industry Ministers meet on 25-26 September in Turin (Reggia di Venaria). The agenda of the meeting includes the transformation enabled by digital technologies, advanced robotics and data-driven production processes.
"The Next Production Revolution (NPR)" as defined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is already in place, empowered by developments in robotics, the industrial application of artificial intelligence, the diffusion of 3D printing technologies and real-time big data analytics. The transformations related to the diffusion of Industry 4.0 will have a deep impact on society and on the labor market in the coming years: while the NPR is a crucial opportunity to modernize production, it could lead to negative effects on employment levels if not adequately planned and guided.
The G7 countries have adopted strategies to address NPR's complexity challenges, such as the "Industrie 4.0" plan in Germany, "Industrie du Futur" in France, "Society 5.0", "Connected Industries” and “IoT Comprehensive Strategy” in Japan, "Innovation and Skills Plan" in Canada, as well as the "Digital and Industrial Strategies" introduced in the United Kingdom. A similar path was undertaken by the European Union, which in April 2016 launched the Industrial Innovation Plan called "Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market".
In Italy, last year, the Ministry of Economic Development presented the Industry 4.0 National Plan. Industry 4.0 has a central role in the G7 Industry and ICT, whose key words are: inclusive, open and secure.
Ahead of the Ministerial meeting, there will be a side event: the“G7 ICT and Industry Multistakeholder Conference".