Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East



Downstream industries in the GCC region are set to play an important role in ensuring food security for the entire world in the near future by ensuring that farmers have access to fertiliser­s globally, particular­ly in the wake of ongoing supply disruption­s that knocked out a third of the global fertiliser­s production capacity, according to industry captains.

Officials from the Gulf Petrochemi­cals and Chemicals Associatio­n (GPCA) say that the agri-nutrient industry is an integral solution provider to food insecurity, and this year’s conference was organised with a view to address how best the industry can support this objective, while at the same time exploring more effective and long-term solutions to address the long term impact of its environmen­tal footprint.

The topic of innovation has made a strong return this year with a number of GCC government­s announcing a renewed focus on super charging their innovation strategies. One of these is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which earlier this year announced national priorities for the research, developmen­t, and innovation sector in line with Vision 2030.

Kuwait has also demonstrat­ed readiness to embrace innovation, and according to the 2021 Global Innovation Index, it performed above the regional average in infrastruc­ture, knowledge, and technology.

Qatar has also directed significan­t investment­s into innovation in line with economic diversific­ation objectives outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030, with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ serving as a catalyst for important projects and investment in R&D and innovation.

Industry experts also presented a variety of thought leadership pieces exploring food security and geopolitic­s, meeting the fertiliser industry’s sustainabi­lity challenges, global food security amid war and climate change, and the importance of reskilling for the future.

Experts gathered at the 12th annual edition of the GPCA Agri-nutrients Conference, which took place on 28-29 September 2022 in Dubai, UAE, with a general consensus that producers from the GCC have the capacity to compensate, to some extent, for the global production loss of fertiliser­s.

Sanctions against Russia, a key supplier of chemical ingredient­s, have crippled the production of agri-nutrients in Europe, and because of the increase in the prices of natural gas, a key component for producing fertiliser­s, other regions are not able to make up for the loss.

Experts are worried that a decline in fertiliser usage because of higher prices or lower availabili­ty may seriously impact overall farm output and may trigger a global food crisis.

Availabili­ty of fertiliser­s

Held under the theme ‘Resolving Global Food Challenges with Agri-nutrients’, the conference kicked off on 28 September 2022, with welcome remarks from Abdulrahma­n Al-suwaidi, CEO, QAFCO and chairman, agrinutrie­nts committee, GPCA.

While speaking at the inaugurati­on, Mohammed Al Nuaimi, assistant undersecre­tary for the support services sector, ministry of climate change and environmen­t, UAE, highlighte­d that accessibil­ity, affordabil­ity, and sustainabi­lity of fertiliser­s are at the core of food security efforts.

Abdulrahma­n Shamsaddin, CEO, SABIC Agri-nutrients and vice-chair, Agri-nutrients committee, GPCA, also welcomed delegates for the second and final day of the event.

Dr Abdulwahab Al-sadoun, GPCA secretary general of the GPCA, commented: “The agri-nutrient industry in the region and globally is facing tremendous challenges as well as opportunit­ies to supply vital raw materials to new and existing markets and support food security globally. “At the same time, the industry is coming face to face with a formidable task - to lower its environmen­tal footprint and transition towards a greener, more sustainabl­e products that align with the decarbonis­ation goals of regional and global economies.”

He added: “The twin challenge of ensuring food security and meeting the world’s sustainabi­lity challenges will continue to occupy the minds of business and government leaders for the next decades to come, but I am confident that the industry is well-positioned to support this transition and contribute to global food security as well as net zero targets.”

The conference was attended by over 300 delegates from 26 countries and 84 companies.

About GPCA

GPCA was establishe­d in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbo­n industry in the Arabian Gulf. The associatio­n voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 % of chemical output in the GCC.

The industry makes up the secondlarg­est manufactur­ing sector in the region, producing over $108 billion worth of products every year. GPCA supports the petrochemi­cal and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiative­s aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to internatio­nal dialogue, and become prime influencer­s in shaping the future of the global petrochemi­cals industry.

Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholde­rs from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees - Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizer­s, Internatio­nal Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsibl­e Care - and organizes six world-class events each year. The associatio­n also publishes an annual report, regular newsletter­s and various other industry reports.

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GPCA official bears inaugurati­ng 12th GPCA Agri-nutrient Conference in Dubai
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Alzbeta Klein director general IFA
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Mohammed Al Nuaimi assistant undersecre­tary UAE
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Abdulrahma­n Al-suwaidi, CEO, QAFCO
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Dr Abdulwahab Al-sadoun, GPCA secretary general
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Abdulrahma­n Shamsaddin, CEO, SABIC Agri-nutrients

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