GPCA: Focus is on competitveness

22 November 2012 16:25  [Source: ICB]

More than 1,600 delegates are expected to gather at this year's Annual GPCA Forum, being held in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on 27-29 November. Now in its seventh year, this represents a record attendance for the event, which has become the premier petrochemicals event in the Middle East.

Al-Mady

GPCA chairman Mohamed Al-Mady will once again open the Annual GPCA Forum

With global economic conditions remaining challenging, especially the slow growth in the eurozone and slowing growth in major Asian economies such as China and India, GPCA has taken a topical theme for the speaker programme at the forum, which focuses on "Sustaining Competitiveness in a Rapidly Changing World".

The world is, indeed, changing at a rapid pace, and with it the relative strengths and competitiveness of petrochemicals producers across the main regional economic blocs. On the speaker programme, chemical leaders from foremost industry companies will share their experiences of remaining competitive and staying ahead in today's changing petrochemical landscape.

"Once again, the Annual GPCA Forum will be the meeting place for the petrochemical industry in the region," says Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of GPCA. "The unique mix of high-level market intelligence and vast networking opportunities make this an essential meeting in the global industry calendar, and the leading forum in the Middle East."

The forum has assembled an international line-up of speakers, not only from the Middle East but from North and South America, Europe and Asia. The meeting will open with the plenary address by His Excellency Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al-Hamli, the Minister of energy for the United Arab Emirates.

The keynote address is being given by Professor Choon Fong Shih, president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His address will give a KAUST perspective on "Growing innovation and building capacity for global competitiveness".

Professor Shih is ideally placed to discuss the role of research universities in furthering technical innovation and building capability in the region to maintain a competitive global position.

Under Professor Shih's leadership, KAUST has become established as a leading institution serving to advance science and technology in the Kingdom, and in so doing has attracted the highest quality faculty and postgraduate students to the university.

Other high-level speakers at the two-day event include Mohamed Al-Mady, chairman of GPCA and vice chairman and CEO of SABIC, who will give the welcome address; and Dr Moayyed Al Qurtas, vice chairman and CEO of TASNEE Petrochemicals, who will explore the need to build innovation and technical capabilities in the Middle East as a key route to maintaining competitiveness.

GPCA fertilizer committee

 GPCA conducted its second workshop on product stewardship under the aegis of the GPCA Fertilizer Committee from 8 to 10 October in Bahrain. The event was attended by over 50 delegates and was hosted by GPIC. The event was facilitated by Abdullah Aljassar, HSE&Quality management representative at Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait

Speakers from the US include Peter Huntsman, president and CEO, Huntsman Corporation; Chad Holliday, chairman, Bank of America; and Randy Woelfel, CEO of Nova Chemicals. These will give their perspectives on the US resurgence as a result of shale gas and the drive to sustainability within the petrochemical industry and its role in long-term competitiveness.

From Europe, the speakers are Dr Klaus Engel, chairman of Evonik Industries; Bernadette Spinoy, senior vice president, Total Refining and Petrochemical and Wayne T Smith, member of the board of BASF. They will present on the topics of keeping European players competitive, the role of partnerships and refocusing business to meet the new world order, respectively.

Other speakers include Anon Sirisaengtaksin, CEO, PTT Global Chemical, on Asian competitiveness; Carlos Fadigas, CEO, Braskem, on green petrochemicals; Ashok Aram, CEO Middle East and North Africa region at Deutsche Bank, on developments in the financial sector; and David Seaton, CEO, Fluor Corporation, on the role of engineering contractors and partnerships in maintaining competitiveness.

Alongside the speaker programme, conference sessions also include two optional seminars run by leading consulting companies, Nexant and AT Kearney.


By: John Baker
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