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29 December 2019

GPIC held a celebration to mark its 40th Anniversary under the patronage of Chairman of the Board of Directors, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Ali Al Sharyan. Members of the Board of Directors were present during the ceremony, held at the Ghazal Hall of the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa.

  

Invited guests, including members of the Executive Management, the President and members of the company's Labour Union, employees and retirees were present.

GPIC’s achievements in 2019 and the awards it has won from local, regional and international organisations as a result of balanced strategies and policies of the Board of Directors and the professional efforts and sacrifices of the workers, were reviewed during the event.

  

Speaking on the occasion, GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery welcomed His Excellency the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors and congratulated them on the four decades of operations of the company, a successful model of co-operation with brotherly Gulf countries.

  

He said the achievements and accomplishments in the last 40 years did not come easy. “The path to success was full of many challenges that motivated employees to show excellence and high professionalism in their tasks and responsibilities.”

He said the company had made unprecedented achievements and had overcome challenges witnessed by global markets at all levels. He spoke of the strategies, policies and principles set by successive Boards of Directors that made it different in everything and contributed to its recognition as a global entity and as one of the most advanced in the region.

Dr. Jawahery said the Anniversary coincided with the Kingdom of Bahrain National Day celebrations and the Anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa taking over the reins of Government. He thanked and appreciated the wise Leadership for its continuous interest in harnessing all capabilities and providing them with a safe and stimulating atmosphere that enabled them to continue to work and perform to preserve the company's successes and gains.

  

Dr. Jawahery also thanked the leaders of the partner GCC Countries and said they always provided all kinds of support in enabling GPIC to become an example of successful cooperation. He expressed gratitude to all those who contributed and worked diligently to make the company what it is today. He particularly thanked the Government of Bahrain, represented by the National Oil and Gas Authority headed by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil.

  

Speaking about GPIC successes in 2019, he said a correct approach and strategic planning of the Board of Directors as well as the commitment of the Executive Management was responsible. “This is in addition to the cooperation from the company's Labour Union and the professionalism of the employees as well as their keenness to work in the one family spirit.” He praised the exemplary cooperation of the company’s shareholders and the safe investment climate in Bahrain.

  

Dr. Jawahery spoke of the professional and skilled Bahraini employees at the company and said they are today recognized for their excellence, know-how and knowledge of the latest technologies related to the vital industry. He said the company has strengthened this even further by its continued encouragement of these employees who are regularly sent to attend various regional and international conferences and workshops to gain confidence and experience.

  

During the event, Dr. Jawahery was honoured as the founder of the Responsible Care Committee of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), for obtaining an international diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from NEBOSH and for his selection as an international ambassador for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

His Excellency the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors later honoured distinguished workers who showed sincerity in their work during the current year, as well as the employees who completed long years of continuous service. The celebration was followed by a gala dinner.

  

GPIC received several awards in 2019, including the award of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Corporate Social Responsibility, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award and the Arab Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. 

The company also won the gold medal in the field of industrial excellence from the International Fertilizers Association, the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the Arab countries from the Regional Network of Social Responsibility in the field of occupational safety and a safety award, a certificate of excellence in maintenance and a procurement risk management award from ROSPA.

  

GPIC was established on December 5, 1979 as a joint venture for the manufacture of fertilizers and petrochemicals. It is equally owned by the Government of the Bahrain, the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and the Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait (PIC).

In recent years, GPIC has achieved progressive growth in production operations, which resulted in achieving rates and record numbers not only in terms of production, operation and export, but also in the field of maintenance and occupational safety, making it an example of a clean and successful industry in the region. 

GPIC has set a record for continuous working without a lost time accident, which strengthened the level of productivity due to its strict adherence to maintenance and occupational safety standards.

  



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