GPCA to recognise Gulf petchems industry founding figures

Author: Tom Brown


LONDON (ICIS)--The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is to launch a new programme to recognise players that have contributed significantly to the development of the industry in the Arabian Gulf, it said this week.

The GPCA Legacy Initiative and GPCA Legacy Award are intended to recognise individuals who have had contributed to how the industry has grown in the region.

This year, the GPCA has posthumously recognised Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Industry and Electricity from 1976-1983 and founder of Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC), along with Yousif Al-Shiwari, Bahrain’s Minister of Development and Industry and founder of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).

Abdulbaqi Al-Nouri, former chairman of Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) will also be recognised. Abdulbaqi also had a role in establishing the Kuwait chemical Fertilizer Company (KCFC), GPCA added.

“These prominent individuals were the first to realise and explore the potential of setting up a chemical industry in the region by challenging the status quo, by overcoming any obstacle on the way and illuminating the road for the next generations to come,” said GPCA secretary general Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun.

“Through this initiative, GPCA seeks to pay tribute to their life and achievements, foster national pride and inspire current and future generations to emulate outstanding individuals from our industry’s past,” he added.

The official launch will take place on the opening day of the GPCA Forum in Dubai on 28 November.