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06 August 2017

A group of Bahrain’s university students will take part in the Eighth Annual Conference of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) to be held in Bahrain from September 26 to 28.


The conference, on the theme, New Beginnings, is organised by the GPCA’s Fertilizer Committee and held under the patronage of Oil Minister H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

The students' participation comes in line with organizer’s plan to ensure they derive the maximum benefit from the specialized gathering. Key figures from the global and Arab fertilizer industry and government representatives are expected to attend.

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said the organisers looked at expanding participation to include university students. “The conference will enrich their studies and give them the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in this strategic industry.

He said the invitation to the students to take part in the conference is in line with the direction of the Company and GPCA has taken in serving Gulf communities and caring for the youth and to provide them with career opportunities.

The conference, a major regional event, and will be attended by industry leaders and heads of companies.

“Our students should be acquainted with such activities, which will allow them to identify a group of specialists and learn about their experiences and benefit from their experiences,” said Dr. Jawahery.

Dr. Jawahery said higher education institutions in Bahrain enjoy a respectable position, particularly in light of the huge growth in the number of graduates with university degrees in many disciplines. “Their participation in this important forum will be a valuable experience for them and their colleges and tell them what the industrial institutions require in terms of high quality human skills, abilities and competencies."

Dr. Jawahery conveyed his greetings and appreciation to GPCA for its initiative to exempt participating students from the registration fee.

He said the event would feature extensive discussions on many topics related directly to the fertiliser industry, the most important of which are the potential impact of changes in the fertiliser trade and the key factors behind future growth.

“A stable environment, the re-creation of global distribution channels, and the linking of business to innovation are key,” he added. “The conference is expected to witness the latest technological developments in the region and the world."

Established in 2006, GPCA has as its members 90 per cent of the petrochemical and chemical producers in the region. It is the first of its kind in the Middle East and aims to enhance the role of companies and enable them to play a key role in the global chemical industry to ensure a sustainable industrial growth that would bring prosperity and security to the people.”