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19 February 2019

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) took part in the 25th meeting of the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA) in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, from February 12 to 14.

Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said GPIC is always keen to participate in various AFA activities and gatherings.

Dr. Jawahery spoke about the large participation in the activities of the forum and praised the attendance at the accompanying exhibition, which had some of the largest Arab and international companies specialized in the fertilizer industry and equipment taking part.

The President praised the organizing committee in preparing for the event and said those attending had expressed great satisfaction at the facilities.

Dr. Jawahery also spoke of the response of companies keen to attend and participate in the exhibition and said these had been keen to attend and share the good reputation and prestige of the regional association. He said exhibitors presented the latest industrial equipment for the fertilizer industry, which attracted a lot of interest.

He said the fertilizer industry in the Arab world is today considered one of the most important strategic industries and a key pillar in the countries’ economies. He said the AFA is looking to identify problems facing production and bottlenecks that lead to reducing capacity while also ensuring qualitative consumption of raw materials and reducing waste.

He said the countries in the region had shown keen interest in the development of this sector, an important tributary of the national economy of the countries of the region as part of its quest towards achieving sustainable development. He said the share of Arab exports in world markets had reached 71 per cent phosphate rock, 81 per cent superphosphate, 49 per cent ammonia, 25 per cent urea and 41 per cent of other products.

He said the AFA seeks to establish a network of communication between Arab companies through direct contact and organizing technical workshops, conferences and forums to develop solutions to these problems while closely reviewing the experiences and vision of these companies, taking into account the applied cases and achievements in the fields of protection of the environment and occupational safety.

The event discussed several important issues, including the fertilizer policy in the region, factors affecting it and the changing of views regarding the conditions and standards of global supply and demand markets. IT also discussed global outlook for oil and gas and the implications of agricultural and fertilizer markets, awareness and effective use of fertilizers, especially in the African continent.

The event addressed sustainable development issues of this industry, as well as explored ways to promote global food security, environmental protection, solving economic challenges and insurance issues and modernizing and developing the dry cargo market.

More than 133 companies and organizations, as well as representatives from the largest representative bodies of the sector from more than 33 countries were present at the event, along with over 500 well-known personalities in the fertilizer sector from around the world.

The AFA Forum is the leading economic event in the fertilizer industry of the Arab and the Middle East region.

The GPIC has a global reputation in the fertilizer industry and has been awarded the World Federation of Fertilizers Award for Protection and Sustainability. The company is closely associated with the AFA, of which Dr. Jawahery is a former chairman.