Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 26, 2018 – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has concluded another successful edition of its Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program for the first time in Oman during the 9th GPCA Fertilizer Convention held on 18-20 September in Kempinski Hotel, Muscat.
Praised as one of the most successful editions to date, the program’s 8th edition saw 70 students from across the GCC sponsored by five GPCA member companies participate in the event and enjoy an opportunity to learn about the regional fertilizer industry and network with senior industry leaders.
The seminar began with an introduction to Leaders of Tomorrow and GPCA, followed by a presentation by Samir Al Abdrabbuh, Executive Vice President Agri-Nutrients, SABIC, who shared an overview of the fertilizer industry and his own career journey. The interactive seminar led by Argus was especially designed to provide students with hands-on experience and case studies in addition to the different career opportunities in the industry. As part of the activities on day one, participants enjoyed a site visit to Oman India Fertiliser Company (OMIFCO)’s headquarters in Sur, Oman where they learned about the company’s operations through presentations by OMIFCO professionals and enjoyed a tour around its facilities and plant.
Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) is an initiative by GPCA together with its stakeholders that aims to bridge the gap between academia and the industry and promote STEM education. With its first edition launched during the Annual Forum in 2016, LOT aims to gear students up with the hands-on experience and skillset required after graduating from universities and starting their career in the industry.
Leaders of Tomorrow took place as part of the 9th GPCA Fertilizer Convention, which took place on 18-20 September in Kempinski Hotel, Muscat, Oman. The event was held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Fuad Bin Jaafar Bin Mohammed Al-Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman, who inaugurated the exhibition on day one. Under the theme “New frontiers and opportunities”, the convention highlighted the role of fertilizers in ensuring sustainable agriculture and global food security in a world with rapidly growing population and rising demand for resources.
About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 240 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over USD 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.