The world's biggest players in petrochemicals and chemicals head to Dubai

In preparation for its landmark Second Annual Forum on 11-13 December in Dubai, the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has recently announced its star speaker list for the event The list includes Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries; Ray Wilcox, President & CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company; Peter Huntsman, CEO, Huntsman Corporation; Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman, President & CEO, Dow Corning Corporation; Andrew Liveris, CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; Abdulrahman A. Al-Zamil, Director, Al-Zamil Group; Steve Cornell, Senior Vice President, Middle East & Asia, Total Petrochemicals; Volker Trautz, President & CEO, Basell Polyolefins; Mohamed H. Al-Mady, Vice Chairman & CEO, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Hamad Al-Terkait, President & CEO, Equate Petrochemical Company (EQUATE) Kuwait. GPCA, a non-profit organisation and a regional platform for the petrochemicals and chemicals industry in the Gulf, was created in 2006, with founding members including Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), EQUATE Petrochemical Co. , Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC), Petrochemical Industries Co. (PIC), Qatar Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (QAPCO), Qatar Vinyl Co. Ltd. (QVC), National Industrialization Company (TASNEE), and Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. Ltd (Borouge). Since its inception, the organization has crossed many significant milestones including conducting research on the petrochemicals and chemicals sector in the Gulf; organizing dialogue between key stakeholders on issues related to industry growth, safety, environment, sustainable development and H.R. needs; as well as an extremely successful First Annual Forum conducted in December last year in Dubai. Commenting on the high-profile list of speakers for the 2007 Second Annual Forum, Abdullah S. Bin Zaid Al Hagbani, Secretary General of GPCA said: 'We are pleased that so many prominent and internationally-acclaimed experts in the petrochemicals and chemicals industry have accepted our invitation to speak at GPCA's Second Annual Forum. I think this is a reflection of the undeniably global significance of the Gulf in terms of these critical industries. At the same time, their participation is also a positive affirmation of the role GPCA is playing with regard to petrochemicals and chemicals in this region. Since our inception, we have made great progress in consolidating regional information and formulating an active and innovative channel of dialogue which works to the mutual benefit of all stakeholders. We have recently reached the 100 member milestone and hope to have more joining us before our forum'.
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