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Convention to take place for the first time in Oman on 18-20 September 2018

GPCA is proud to announce that the 9th GPCA Fertilizers Convention will be held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Rumhi, Minister of Oil and Gas, Oman, on 18-20 September 2018 in Muscat, Oman.

The event will open with a welcome address from His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Rumhi and opening remarks from Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President, GPIC and Chairman, GPCA Fertilizer Committee.

The keynote address on day one will be presented by Rakesh Kapur, the President of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), and Joint Managing Director of Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO), while Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA), will deliver day two keynote address.

Other distinguished speakers include John Baffes, Senior Economist, World Bank (Development Prospects Group); Seta Tutundjian, Director of Partnerships and Knowledge Management, International Center for Bio saline Agriculture (ICBA); Dr. P. S. Gahlaut, Managing Director, Indian Potash Limited (IPL); Thomas Rings, Partner, A.T. Kearney; and Dr. Khalid Hussain Al-Assaf, Director, Estidamah Center, among others.

In line with the GCC’s national visions, transformation strategies and economic diversification drive, the regional fertilizers industry is undergoing a period of change. Feedstock prices, constraints in the supply of gas within the region and increasing competition in markets abroad are forcing the industry to look for new ways to remain competitive by capitalizing on its strengths and seeking new opportunities for collaboration and innovation throughout its value chain.

Reflecting on these changes, the convention will be held under the theme “New frontiers and opportunities”. A content-rich agenda will highlight the key role of fertilizers in ensuring food security in a world with rapidly growing population and rising demand for nutrition, promote regional innovations in agriculture and discuss key trade trends from across the globe.

Technical sessions dedicated to operational efficiency and environmental sustainability along with a workshop on customer value management will provide further opportunities to share knowledge and best practice on this important industry platform.