26/05/2021 – Chemicals / Petrochemicals / Gulf / Supply Chain / Conference / GPCA
GPCA to host virtual edition of Supply Chain Conference, 26-27 May
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 digitalisation in enabling a successful future, and lessons learned from the pandemic.
Hosting the upcoming virtual conference is the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), which voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 per cent 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.
Key insights from industry leaders
Hamad Abdulrahman Alterkait, Chairman of PIC – a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and a petrochemical industry leader in Kuwait and throughout the Middle East – 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, VP of Global Supply Chain at SABIC; Ahmed Abdulla Al-Salahi, Chief Commercial Officer at Qatar Chemical Company Ltd (Q-Chem); and Ahmed Al-Katheeri, Senior VP of Supply Chain Management at Borouge.
Live, immersive event
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 panellists from DP World and CEVA Logistics.
“Robust, agile supply chains” key in post-Covid recovery
Dr Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary General of the 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,” he continued. “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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