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Next GPCA conference to examine the future of supply chains

April 28, 2022
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The 13th edition of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) conference will focus on ways in which business players can future-proof their supply chains against complex disruptions and overcome the challenges facing them.

To be held from May 17 to 19 in Dubai the GPCA Supply Chain Conference will examine the changing future of supply chains under the theme ‘Future-proofing supply chains – The time is now’.

Besides, 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 and many more.

Elite speakers

Over 20 speakers will come 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 $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 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.

Key participants

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; and

•Christopher Cook, Managing Director – UAE, Oman, Qatar, Maersk.

Greater scrutiny

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, organisations 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.

“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 latest trends in digitalisation and new technologies.”