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GPCA 2008

Posted: 26 October 2008

Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, will deliver the opening keynote presentation at the Third Annual GPCA Forum.

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) announced today that Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar, and Chairman and Managing Director, Qatar Petroleum will keynote the Middle East’s largest petrochemi-cals event in Dubai in December.

"We are extremely pleased that Mr Al-Attiyah will be keynoting the flagship event in the GPCA calendar," said Abdullah S. Bin Zaid Al Hagbani, Secretary General of GPCA.

"This addition to the prestigious list of industry leaders, visionaries and experts already confirmed to speak, further distinguishes the GPCA Fo-rum as the most important petrochemicals event in the Gulf region, and ensures attendees will gain in-valuable information and unmatched insight into the state of the global petrochemicals industry and its future."

The GPCA also announced several other industry leaders who will be speaking at the Third Annual GPCA Forum that will be held December 2 – 4, 2008 at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE.

The theme of this year’s Forum is Managing growth and competitiveness in a cyclical industry.

There will also be two separate breakout sessions on Human Resources and Supply Chain Management.

Following the Official Opening and GPCA Chairman’s Address by Mohamed H. Al-Mady, Chairman, GPCA, and Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Mr Al-Attiyah will deliver the GPCA Forum keynote presentation, entitled Meeting Energy and Feedstock Needs for the Region, which focuses on some of the most significant challenges facing the Gulf today.

Other speakers at the GPCA Forum are:

  • Mohammad-Ali Zardbani, Managing Director, Iran
    Petrochemical Commercial Company (IPCC)
  • Li Xihong, President/Economics and Development Re-search Institute, Sinopec
  • Ben van Beurden, Executive Vice President, Shell Chemicals
  • José Carlos Grubisich, CEO, ETH Bioenergía S.A. (ex-CEO, Braskem)
  • Jeffrey Lipton, CEO, Nova Chemicals
  • Florian Budde, Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Abdulrahman Jawahery, Board member, GPCA
  • General Manager, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC)

About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association

The GPCA was founded in March 2006. The GPCA aims to put its resources together to enhance the role of the region in international debate and policy making vis-a-vis petrochemicals and chemicals, to facili-tate regional cooperation, and to ensure that growth is both sustainable and socially responsible.

GPCA’s mission is to offer its members networking opportunities through various platforms to meet and share knowledge; exchange opinions and experiences and advocate the development, growth and prosperity of the petrochemicals and chemicals industry and related businesses in the Gulf.

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