03 July 2006 11:16 [Source: ICIS news]DUBAI (ICIS news)--The newly-formed Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), which opened its headquarters in Dubai on Saturday, will establish certain specialist sub-committees to coordinate chemicals activities in the Gulf countries, industry officials said.
“Once we get the GPCA activities underway, one of our main priorities will be to establish certain specialist sub-committees allocated to tasks such as safety, health, the environment and quality," said Hamad Al-Terkait, president and chief executive of Equate and vice chairman of GPCA. "Human resources and technical committees will also be set up.”
He added that GPCA would aim to provide best practice solutions to some of the concerns facing the industry, such as unmanageable demands being placed upon regional logistics in the wake of unprecedented growth.
The GPCA’s plans to build awareness and understanding of the industry in the Gulf include establishing an information website and attending and organising various events in the region to enhance its profile, said Abdullah Bin Zaid Alhagbani, secretary general of the GPCA.
The association’s long-term plans include encouraging research related to the industry, providing solutions to scientific and technical issues, and promoting human resource development within the industry.
GPCA also aims to promote mutual cooperation among companies, institutions, research centres, organisations dedicated to the industry’s safety and environmental matters, products standardisation authorities and committees, and other organisations and non-profit bodies related to the industry.
The GPCA would be the petrochemical and chemical industry’s spokesperson in all matters of public interest and general concern, and the new office would be the administrative centre for the body, the association said in a statement.
“The GPCA was established to ensure that the [petrochemical and chemical] industry finds a common purpose and realises common ambitions in the region and on the international stage and to build a greater awareness of the importance of the industry among our many stakeholders,” the first GPCA chairman, Mohamed Al-Mady, chief executive of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), said at the opening.
The GPCA was founded in March by eight members, and already has a burgeoning list of companies wishing to become members or affiliates. Its mission is to offer networking opportunities through various platforms to meet and share knowledge, exchange opinions and experiences, and to promote free and fair trade and competition.
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