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09 June 2019

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has set up a Bahrain-India Friendship Garden for neem trees within its complex in Sitra.

The garden was inaugurated in the presence of Indian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Alok Kumar Sinha and United Nations Environment Office in West Asia Regional Director H.E. Mr. Sami Dimassi. Invited guests and those interested in the environment sector were also present.

H.E. Mr. Sinha was received by GPIC General Manager Corporate Support Mr. Fadhel Al Ansari, members of the company’s Executive Management and senior officials. Mr. Al Ansari conveyed to the Ambassador the greetings of GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery and spoke of the developing bilateral relations between Bahrain and India. The Smbassador said the historical ties go back several years and stressed the strength of trade and economic relations.

Mr. Al-Ansari spoke of GPIC’s efforts to take care of the environment and its interest in setting up gardens. He said they had already set up the Bahrain-Japan Friendship Gsrden in Al Areen Park in support of Bahrain’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability and awareness. This garden, he said, contained more than 35 species of plants and flowers.

He said encouraged with the success, the company has now established the Bahrain-India Friendship Park for Neem trees. “We carry out many environmental initiatives within the complex and close to the company's factories and facilities. We make efforts to promote social awareness of the importance of preserving the environment and define how to deal properly with the components of the environment.”

The gsrden, which has 150 neem trees, has been built according to the latest designs and advanced irrigation systems to keep the evergreen trees healthy. These trees are characterized by their rapid growth and adaptability to desert conditions.

H.E. Mr. Sinha thanked GPIC for its efforts in the field of environmental care and gardens. He said the park is a translation of the friendly relations between the two countries and is appreciation of India’s status.

In a statement, Dr. Jawahery said the park is a new addition to the company's environmental initiatives and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development. He said the park is part of the company's strong commitment to protecting the environment and maintaining a balance of its elements. He said that for years, GPIC has taken care to observe these principles in general and has played a leading role in carrying out its ethical and social responsibility towards environment, while working diligently and sincerely to sustain it from all risks of the industrial boom and environmental hazards.

He said the neem tree had been selected as the main component of the Bahrain-India Friendship Park because it is one of the most successful in dry environments and has been nominated by a scientific study to become the 21st century tree or the nature pharmacy due to its many uses in the pharmaceutical and pest control industry, including agricultural and insect repellents. The tree is also a new source of biofuel production as well as its superior air purification capacity.

For his part, H.E. Mr. Sami Dimassi, Director and Regional Representative of the UN Environment West Asia Office said World Environment Day this year focuses on the theme of reversing air pollution and aims to motivate governments, industries and individuals to work together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve Air quality around the world. Based on our belief that tackling air pollution requires a comprehensive and integrated methodology and that every member of the community and every sector plays an important role in confronting this global challenge that threatens everyone, we hold many events in the West Asia region, including awareness-raising and action-oriented events aimed at Children, youth, governments and industries, stressing that civil society is particularly effective in spreading awareness and increasing knowledge about air pollution, as it can urge Governments to apply air pollutant laws and legislation.

GPIC has several parks within its complex as well as a nature reserve for birds and a large fish farm that contributes to and continues to enrich the fish stock in Bahrain.

Neems are large, dense trees that grow up to 20 meters high and their branches form a large crown. These trees produce high-quality ash and sand. They also have the ability to purify soil from salts and are known for their multiple medicinal uses in veterinary vaccines and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.