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05 March 2017

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) Environmental Engineer Ms. Reem Al Bastaki took part in an expert’s workshop on the safe extraction, use and storage of carbon dioxide, organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in co-operation with the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA).

Ms. Al Bastaki’s participation was consistent with the orientations of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and the President of the Supreme Council for Women.

It came as Her Royal Highness dedicated Bahraini Women's Day 2017 to honour Bahraini women in the engineering field.

The workshop was part of the ESCWA’s Strategic Action Programme that aims to strengthen the ability of member states to achieve energy-related sustainable development goals in their national development plans. It also aimed to explore challenges and opportunities for the deployment, the extraction, use and storage of carbon dioxide on a large scale, while looking at its side effects in the context of international and regional environmental laws as well as shedding light on the issue of interconnection between water and energy.

In a statement, Minister of Oil, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, said he is proud and confident of the unlimited potential of Bahraini women, especially women engineers in the oil industry and the energy sector. He praised Ms. Al Bastaki’s participation in the event and her discussion on environmental challenges.

GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery spoke of the efforts of Company employees in all sections and Departments and said women have proven their ability to cope with and adapt to the nature of work, in spite of its complexity. He said the high-tech process requires specific professional skills and Bahraini women have shown they have the energy and appetite for work.

Dr. Jawahery said Bahraini women engineers are unmatched at work in all of GPIC’s facilities and said they have undergone specialized courses in the field of petrochemicals. They have also taken part in workshops within and outside Bahrain and the Company has spared no effort in providing them the skills necessary to work.

Ms. Al Bastaki thanked the Minister of Oil for his support to women in the oil sector and said GPIC Management’s support had given her to take part in this specialised workshop. She said the Company believed in the importance of supporting its human cadre and expressed the hope that her colleagues and fellow engineers had benefitted from the workshop.

GPIC Management is also working on providing opportunities for experience, education and training to equip those concerned with adequate skills to gain and achieve more. Training is also provided for employees to develop their knowledge and abilities to prepare them to meet the demands of their jobs and skills to meet the future needs of the Company.

ESCWA is one of four regional commissions set up by the United Nations to achieve economic and social goals set by its charter through enhanced cooperation and integration between countries. It aims to stimulate economic activity in member countries, promote cooperation and encourage development.