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The 13th edition of the GPCA Supply Chain Conference will take place from 17-19 May 2022 in Dubai, UAE under the theme ‘Future-proofing supply chains – The time is now’

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 April 2022 – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, will welcome industry leaders from across the chemical and petrochemical, logistics, consulting and technology sectors to the 13th GPCA Supply Chain Conference on 17-19 May 2022 at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Dubai, UAE to examine the changing future of supply chains.

Supply chains and operations were the single most affected business function at GCC chemical companies in 2020-2021[1] and continue to be a huge focus for industry leaders. Looking to the future, the leading industry conference organized by GPCA will focus on ways in which business players can future-proof their supply chains against complex disruptions and overcome the challenges facing them today. Esteemed industry experts will seek to answer burning questions about driving customer centricity, the impact of the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda on chemical supply chains, reverse logistics, reducing Scope 3 emissions[2] and many more.

Over 20 speakers will descend to Dubai for three days of insightful conversations encompassing over 15 conference sessions and 25 networking hours. They will draw upon the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and shed light on a raft of fast-moving issues including but not limited to growing container shortages, the implications of continuously high freight rates on petrochemical exports and progress on the long-awaited USD 250 billion GCC Rail project.

On day one, delegates will learn from expert speakers in the field, including Dr. Bashar Al Malik, CEO, Saudi Railway Company (SAR), and Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, CEO, Sadara Chemical Company, who will engage in the conference’s first-of-its-kind executive panel about the GCC Rail and why it is a game changer for the logistics sector and the supply chain in the region. Saleh Al-Suwaiti, CEO, FAHSS-TUV, and Chairman, GPCA Supply Chain Committee, will present the welcome address on day one. The welcome address on day two will be delivered by Aslam Moola, Vice Chairman, GPCA Supply Chain Committee.

Other key speakers at the conference include:

  • Hosam Al Zamil, VP Global Supply Chain, SABIC
  • Fouzia Boutobza, Industry Commercial Head, Energy & Manufacturing – MEA, Microsoft
  • Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director, Region Middle East, Hapag Lloyd
  • Christopher Cook, Managing Director – UAE, Oman, Qatar, Maersk

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “2022 will mark seven years since the adoption of the Paris Accord, bringing ever greater scrutiny on our progress on emissions reduction. While commitments initially focused on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions[3], organizations are now increasingly being challenged to reduce their Scope 3 emissions which are generated in their upstream and downstream value chain. This can be a tall order given the economic and technical complexity that comes with it but strong commitment by chemical and petrochemical companies, which operate in both energy- and resource-intensive sectors, demonstrate they are determined to achieve it.

“I am proud to host the 13th edition of the GPCA Supply Chain Conference, an esteemed and well-attended platform by global and regional leaders, to focus on the key issues shaping the future of chemical supply chains. We will shed light on the often-elusive ESG framework and what it means for companies’ logistics operations, dissect rapidly developing topics, such as the new energy storage systems, and unravel the lates trends in digitalization and new technologies. Join us in Dubai this May for a not-to-miss program dedicated to finding a solution to these important challenges and providing a go-to platform for leadership discussions.”


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[1] Source: GPCA

[2] Scope 3 emissions are emissions generated in the upstream and downstream value chain of a company. Source: McKinsey & Company

[3] Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company. Source: Carbon Trust