Convention will be held under the theme “New frontiers and opportunities” on 18-20 September 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12th August 2018 – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region, is proud to announce that the 9th edition of the GPCA Fertilizer Convention will be held in Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Oman on 18-20 September 2018, under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Fuad Bin Jaafar Bin Mohammed Al-Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman.
The welcome address on day one will be delivered by H.E. Eng. Salim Al-Aufi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Oil & Gas, Oman. Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President, GPIC and Vice Chairman, GPCA, will deliver the opening remarks during the event. 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), and Thomas Rings, Partner, A.T. Kearney.
The GCC region benefits immensely from its abundant hydrocarbon resources, strategic geographic location and competitive feedstock position, making it an important global producer of high quality fertilizers. With significant contributions to job creation and economic growth, the fertilizer industry is of strategic importance to advancing the GCC’s national visions, transformation strategies and economic diversification drive.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “As the first GPCA event to take place in Oman, the Fertilizer Convention will shine a spotlight on the fertilizer industry in the Sultanate and the GCC, and its crucial role in supporting local agriculture and contributing to socio-economic growth.”
“As the global population continues to grow and environmental challenges put pressure on farmers to produce healthier and abundant crops, fertilizers remain vital for ensuring food security in a world with rising demand for nutrition. Held under the theme “New frontiers and opportunities”, the 9th GPCA Fertilizer Convention will provide exclusive access to networking with high-level officials, and promote regional innovations in agriculture,” he added.
The conference will discuss the latest developments in global trade and their impact on the fertilizer industry in the region which is heavily export-oriented. 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.
The GPCA Fertilizer Convention has established itself as the Middle East’s leading platform to network, share best practice and exchange ideas for the future in a highly dynamic business landscape. Each year industry experts, thought leaders and senior officials from the GCC and beyond come together to connect, expand their knowledge and share insight into the latest trends driving growth in the fertilizer market.
The convention is taking place for the first time in Oman with the support of Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco), a subsidiary of Oman Oil Company. For more information about the event, visit www.gpcafertilizers.com.