EQUATE hosts round­table or­ga­nized by GPCA

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KUWAIT: Se­nior gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try lead­ers from across the Ara­bian Gulf and glob­ally con­verged at an im­por­tant in­dus­try round­table, or­ga­nized by the Gulf Petro­chem­i­cals and Chem­i­cals As­so­ci­a­tion (GPCA) and spon­sored by EQUATE Petro­chem­i­cal Com­pany, a global pro­ducer of petro­chem­i­cals yes­ter­day in Kuwait.

The high-level meet­ing ti­tled ‘Gov­ern­ment and Chem­i­cal In­dus­try Col­lab­o­ra­tion in Chem­i­cal Man­age­ment and Haz­ardous Waste’, in­cluded par­tic­i­pa­tion from Naser Al­dousari, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, EQUATE, Dr Ab­dul­wa­hab Al-Sadoun, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, GPCA, and Dan Rocz­niak, Direc­tor Out­reach, Amer­i­can Chem­istry Coun­cil.

The agenda dis­cussed im­por­tant top­ics con­cern­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween gov­ern­ment and pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions, GPCA’s over­all ef­forts, the pre­req­ui­sites of es­tab­lish­ing a ro­bust re­cy­cling in­dus­try in the re­gion, the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges for in­dus­trial waste re­cy­cling or chem­i­cals trans­porta­tion and the case for ADR, for­mally, the Euro­pean Agree­ment con­cern­ing the In­ter­na­tional Car­riage of Dan­ger­ous Goods by Road (ADR), as well as Re­spon­si­ble Care in the GCC.

Dr Sadoun com­mented: “We are pleased to have had such a pos­i­tive out­come at this im­por­tant gov­ern­mentin­dus­try round­table which gath­ered to­gether se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­dus­try lead­ers and reg­u­la­tors to dis­cuss ways of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween GCC gov­ern­ments and the chem­i­cal in­dus­try that ef­fec­tively ad­dress chem­i­cal man­age­ment risks and lever­ages in­dus­trial haz­ardous waste op­por­tu­ni­ties. By or­ga­niz­ing this meet­ing with the sup­port of EQUATE, we aim to im­prove the aware­ness and fos­ter di­a­logue among reg­u­la­tors on best avail­able prac­tices across the globe, while in­creas­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion to fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of reg­u­la­tions re­lated to Global Har­mo­niza­tion Sys­tem (GHS) and Dan­ger­ous Goods Road Trans­porta­tion (DGRT) by work­ing in part­ner­ship with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.”

Mean­while, Al­dousari said: “Col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween our in­dus­try and the gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tors is a key el­e­ment for over­all progress, de­vel­op­ment and growth. As this fo­rum is co-or­ga­nized by GPCA and EQUATE, we must take note of the chal­leng­ing role of GPCA as it rep­re­sents over 95% of the petro­chem­i­cal pro­duc­ers in the Gulf. While GPCA is es­tab­lish­ing ini­tia­tives, sus­tain­ing and main­tain­ing the suc­cess of such ini­tia­tives is the role of this reg­u­la­tory fo­rum that brings to­gether both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate bod­ies. Our goals here are sim­ple: Through this part­ner­ship be­tween reg­u­la­tory bod­ies and GPCA, we want to have com­mon reg­u­la­tions to fa­cil­i­tate re­gional trade, as well as strengthen our global pres­ence and com­pet­i­tive­ness.”

At­tended by over 90 del­e­gates from the GCC and other parts of the world, the round­table in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from GPCA mem­ber com­pa­nies, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­i­ties, in­dus­trial bod­ies, fire de­part­ments, armed forces, cus­toms and oth­ers.

KUWAIT: A group photo of at­ten­dants at the ‘Gov­ern­ment and Chem­i­cal In­dus­try Col­lab­o­ra­tion in Chem­i­cal Man­age­ment and Haz­ardous Waste’ round­table.

EQUATE Se­nior VP Al­dousari speaks dur­ing the event.

GPCA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Al-Sadoun ad­dresses the au­di­ence.

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