GPCA: Energy minister to open GPCA Forum

12 September 2012 10:57  [Source: ICB]

The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Minister of Energy, His Excellency Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al-Hameli, will open the 7th Annual GPCA Forum, which takes place in Dubai on 27-29 November this year. The event is expected to attract more than 1,800 industry delegates.

Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al-Hameli, Minister of Energy of the UAE

Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al-Hameli, Minister of Energy of the UAE

The Forum will debate how best to maintain competitiveness in the petrochemicals and chemicals sector amid rapid change in the global economy and the industry landscape.

Among the top-level speakers confirmed are:

  • Cheng Siwei, former vice chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress, the People's Republic of China
  • Chad Holliday, chairman of Bank of America
  • Mohamed Al-Mady, chairman of the GPCA and vice chairman and CEO of SABIC
  • Moayyed Al Qurtas, CEO of Tasnee Petrochemicals
  • Peter Huntsman, CEO of Huntsman Corporation
  • Carlos Fadigas, CEO of Braskem
  • Wayne Smith, board member, BASF
  • Randy Woefel, CEO of Nova Chemicals
  • Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board, Evonik Industries
  • Ashok Aram, CEO Middle East and North Africa, Deutsche Bank.

Since its inception in 2006, the Annual GPCA Forum has attracted a growing number of delegates and an increasingly prestigious line-up of speakers from the region and overseas. More than 1,600 executives attended last year's Forum in December 2011, and 45% of them came from outside the Middle East.

Technology transfer, cross-market collaboration and the active development of local talent are three critical areas for attention if the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) petrochemicals and chemicals sector is to maintain its competitive edge. These will be the hot topics for debate at this year's Forum.

The event will also include a pre-conference seminar, "Exploiting change to deliver value - insights to stay ahead of the competition", presented by chemical consultancy Nexant.

The 7th Annual GPCA Forum, entitled "Sustaining competitiveness in a rapidly changing world", will take place at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.


By: John Baker
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