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20 September 2017

Some of the world’s leading experts in the fertiliser industry will be in Bahrain to take part in the 8th Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA) Fertiliser Convention.

The event, from September 26 to 28, being held at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, will also host leading industrial leaders from the Gulf and beyond.

Participants will discuss important issues, including the potential impact of changes in fertiliser trade, key factors of future growth, and topics related to creating a stable environment, re-create global distribution channels, and link innovation to business.

It will also showcase the latest and most important regional and global technological developments in the industry.

The conference is being organised under the patronage of Minister of Oil H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, who will speak on the support of governments in the Gulf for the fertiliser industry and help them overcome challenges and to counter instability. H.E. the Minister will also speak about the effective role of fertilizers in maintaining food security, especially due to the increasing world population.

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery will also speak about the development of the industry in the Gulf region. His speech will focus on the important role the Company plays in the growth of the fertiliser industry in the region.

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) Chief Executive Officer Mr. Khalid Al Madifar will speak on the Company's vision for future projects and the importance of their being positive and focussing on innovation so that it benefits millions of undernourished people.

Secretary General of the International Fertiliser Industry Association (IFA) Ms. Charlotte Hebebrand; National Chemical Information Advisory Centre Chief Executive Officer Mr. Peter Huang and Ms. Maire Tecnimont Innovation Centre Vice President Mr. Robert Sumlders will also address delegates while speaking on achieving global food security and building a sustainable future, while reviewing important technological developments in the global fertiliser industry. They will also discuss modernising production units to controlling quality, prices and pollution.

GCC Countries are a major source of Urea and Ammonia globally, and petrochemical producers in the GCC have the advantage of having access to gas at competitive prices, which contributes to their good profit margins.

The GPCA, established in 2006, has as its members, more than 90 per cent of the region’s petrochemical and chemical producers. It is the first of its kind in the Middle East, and aims to enhance the role of companies while enabling them to play a key role in global chemical industries to ensure sustainable industrial growth.