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30 September 2018

United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain H.E. Mr. Justin Sieberl and his accompanying delegation visited the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) on Thursday (Sep 27).

They were received by Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, members of the Executive Management, the Chairman of GPIC Labour Union, and the senior officials.

Dr. Jawahery said the Company is keen to strengthen cooperation with US industrial companies working in the petrochemical industry and wished to benefit from the modern technologies they applied.

Dr. Jawahery briefed the Ambassador about the Company's exports of Methanol and Urea to the United States and said while the total export of Methanol was 13.6 million tonnes, Urea exports was 12.3 million tonnes. He said GPIC benefitted from the free trade agreement between Bahrain and the United States.

Dr. Jawahery said the Company’s achievements were possible because the management and the Labour Union worked together in a one family spirit.

Dr. Jawahery spoke of GPIC’s strategy of closer ties with foreign companies to benefit from international expertise. He said the distinguished trade and historical relations between companies in Bahrain and the United States were for the benefit of both nations.

Dr. Jawahery also reviewed cordial relations between GPIC and the US National Safety Council, of which he had been elected as the first non-US member of the Board of Directors.

He said GPIC joined the council in 1990 and has since benefited from the partnership. He stressed his presence on the Board worked to increase and strengthen that relationship.

The Ambassador was given an explanation on GPIC’s operations, production and exports. He was also told of the Company’s most important achievements in the fields of safety, quality and environmental protection as well as the state-of-the-art carbon dioxide recovery plant, the first in the Middle East, which contributes significantly to reducing harmful emissions from plant operations.

The Ambassador was briefed on the training programs and programmes of the Learning and Leadership Academy and the e-Learning Center. He later went on a tour of the complex, during which he inspected the Company's factories and environmental projects that reflects the harmony between the industry and the environment.

The visitors saw the Princess Sabeeka Garden for Aromatic Plants and the Medicinal Plants and Herbs Garden, where rare medicinal herbs used in the past for therapeutic purposes, are grown and preserved.

The Ambassador planted a palm tree to commemorate his visit and went to the charity fish farm and the bird sanctuary.

H.E Mr. Sieberl expressed his pleasure and admiration at GPIC’s operations and infrastructure and said his visit was an opportunity to get to know about how GPIC is committed to preserving the environment as well as the leadership’s commitment to a clean industry.

The visitors thanked Dr. Jawahery, the members of the Executive Management and all the employees for the reception and the hospitality and praised the dedication of the employees in making GPIC unique.