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26 September 2017

The two-day Eighth Annual Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Conference is being held in Bahrain on September 27 and 28.

It is the first time that the event, to be held at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, is organised in the Kingdom.

Key personalities in the fertiliser industry from the region and beyond will be at the event, under the patronage of Minister of Oil H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

Consumers of fertilizers, government representatives, and innovative technical companies for manufacturing technologies, specialized bodies and international institutes will also be represented.

It is organised by the GPCA in cooperation with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) and in coordination with the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA). Various work papers covering current and future developments in global markets, presentation of the latest technologies in the industry and other topics related to the theme of the conference will be discussed.

Between 250 to 300 participants from around the world, who will attend, are expected to meet with their counterparts to discuss trade issues and opportunities to enhance cooperation. The accompanying exhibition will include participation of fertiliser producers, contractors, related industrial technology companies and advisory institutions specialising in the fertiliser industry and the markets.

Thirty students from local and GCC universities, specially invited to the event, will attend a workshop to learn more about the vital role played by the fertiliser industry worldwide and to create future leaders. The participants will also visit GPIC.

The annual event brings together key industry figures, fertiliser consumers and government representatives to exchange information, explore and discuss key issues related to food security and long-term strategies.

The GPCA, set up in 2006, has as its members 90 per cent of the region's petrochemicals and chemicals producers. It is the first of its kind in the Middle East, and aims to enhance the role of companies and to enable them to play a key role in the global chemical industry.

The fertiliser industry in the Gulf countries accounts for about 25 per cent of the total production of petrochemicals and has annual sales of more than 38 million tonnes.