The 15th Annual Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) Forum in Dubai looked at redefining the challenges, reinventing strategies to capitalise on market opportunities, and reshaping a renewed future for the chemical industry.
"The petrochemical industry is a significant contributor to economic diversification and a leading job-creation industry. The last two years have been turbulent. We need to focus attention on critical issues such as sustainability, digitalisation, and self-sufficiency," said Naser Aldousari, President and CEO of Equate Group, an official sponsor of the forum and a global producer of petrochemicals and the world’s leading supplier of ethylene glycol.
The forum addressed the theme "Redefine. Reshape. Reinvent: the chemical industry in a post-pandemic reality" from December 7 to 9.
Aldousari led a panel discussion titled "Beyond the Pandemic – The GCC Perspective to Creating Resilient, Purpose-Driven, and High-Performing Organisations," in which industry leaders shared their thoughts, knowledge, and insights on developing trends that are shaping the industry, as well as future strategic plans for potential disruptions.
“As we emerge into a post-pandemic world with new learnings, there is no better time for business leaders to come together to share knowledge and embrace innovation, so that together, we can continue to provide value for our customers, and develop sustainable solutions that adhere to global standards,” he said.
Equate Group also participated in a youth programme ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’, where industry stakeholders and youth collaborated in shaping skills and preparing the future industry leaders with the required skills set.
Speaking at the opening of ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’, Aldousari said: “Equate Group is dedicated to inspiring and empowering the younger generations to join the industry and support its development. The youth are society’s most valuable resource, with the ability to contribute to sustainable economic growth.
“The ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ initiative provides a platform for students and young professionals to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects; as well as learn and connect with leading industry experts at GPCA’s networking events.”
As one of the founding members of the GPCA, Equate Group has been dedicated to supporting the region’s petrochemical and chemical industry through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives that help member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future.