Dubai, United Arab Emirates: – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, will host the 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference in a virtual format on 26-27 May 2021.

The conference which will take place under the theme ‘Powering a resilient, responsive and agile supply chain’ will feature leading industry speakers from the region and the world to discuss the challenges facing global and regional supply chains, the role of sustainability and digitalization in enabling a successful future and the lessons learned from the pandemic.

Hamad Abdulrahman Alterkait, Chairman, PIC, will deliver a keynote address on how GCC chemical supply chains can prepare for a transformed world. An inaugural panel on the future of chemical supply chains will feature insights from Hosam Al-Zamil, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, SABIC, Ahmed Abdulla Al-Salahi, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Qatar Chemical Company Ltd. (Q-Chem), and Ahmed Al-Katheeri, Senior Vice President - Supply Chain Management, Borouge.

This live immersive event will offer delegates an opportunity to attend a series of 40-minute digital supply chain seminars – the newest conference feature – with live demonstrations and case-studies of promising technologies. Held on day two, 27 May, the seminars will be led by speakers from leading technology providers including Siemens Digital Logistics, Elemica, IBM, and TradeLens.

Another key feature at the event includes a masterclass on supply chain sustainability, which will cover key areas such as design and implementation of green supply chains, the role of sustainable investment and formulating an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy. Led by BCG, the session will include expert panelists from DP World and CEVA Logistics.

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented, “Robust and agile supply chains played and continue to play an instrumental role in facilitating the world’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic from its onset in March 2020 until this day. The timely production, delivery and transportation of PPE, essential medical equipment and more recently – the vaccine – have been possible thanks to the existence of a well-connected global supply chain network and the chemical industry’s efforts to ensure an uninterrupted flow of services and goods.

“Nevertheless, the pandemic revealed critical risks in chemical supply chains that must be addressed. The virtual edition of the 12th GPCA Supply Chain Conference will explore the challenges that lie ahead for a chemical supply chain transformation; it will seek to answer some of the key questions on industry leaders’ minds and facilitate a dialogue among peers, brining in perspectives from the region and the world on timely topics. Join us for this exciting live immersive event to gain an insight into the future of chemical supply chains and the move to more resilient and agile supply chain networks.”

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About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over US$108 billion worth of products every year.

GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.

Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports.

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Slavka Atanasova                                                                                             
Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association                                   
P. O. Box 123055,                                                           
United Arab Emirates                                                                     
T: + 44 7561 525126 

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