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The GCC 11th Industrialists’ Conference

GCC Petrochemical Sector: Vision for 2020

Abu Dhabi: 20-21 January, 2008 Intercontinental Hotel
Conference Program (Draft)

Saturday 19  January , 2008

Early registration, and delivery of conference documents. 

19:00 – 22:00  

 Sunday 20  January, 2008

Reception, registration, and delivery of conference documents.  

08:00 – 09:00

• National Anthem.

• Recitation from Holy Quran.

• Inagural Address: H.H. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

• Special Address: Ministry of Finance & Industry, UAE.

• Special Address: Secretary General, Gulf Organization For Industrial Consulting

• Special Address: Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Abu Dhabi.

• Special Address: “Shaping the future of the Gulf Petrochemical Sector through Innovation” – Mr. Abdul Aziz A Al Hajri, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Polymers Co Ltd

• Keynote Address: Mr.Gerhard Schroeder, Ex-Chancellor of Germany

09:00 – 10:30

Exhibition Tour and Tea Break

10:30 - 11:00

Plenary Session: Chairman:  Secretary General, Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting

GCC Petrochemical Sector – A Vision for 2020.

Speaker :   Dr. Andrew Spiers, Sr.VP, Nexant Chem Systems, UK.

11:00 – 11:30




Interaction with Ministers: Chairman: H.E. Minister of Finance and Industry, UAE.

Discussion with GCC Ministers of Industry

11:30– 12: 30

Prayer & Lunch Break 

Conference Lunch Hosted by Ministry of Finance & Industry

12:30 - 14:00


First Session: Chairman:  (TBA)
Role of GCC in the Global Petrochemical Sector

Paper {1}:  The GCC Petrochemical Industry – A New Frontier in the Global Industry

Speaker :   Dr. Abdulwahab A Al Sadoun, President, PetroBaas, KSA

14:00 – 14:30


Paper{2}:  Development Trends in the Petrochemical Industry in GCC.

Speaker : Dr. Nurallah (Noor) Jivraj Sr Consultant, Jacobs Consultancy, UK


Panel Discussion {1}:  Competitiveness of the GCC Petrochemical Industry
Panelists : 
1)    Dr Philip Leighton – Director Petrochemicals, Jacobs Consultancy, UK
2)    Mr. Abdulrehman Al Jawahery, General Manager, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (BSC), Bahrain
3)    Mr. Abdullah Al Hagbani, Secretary General, Gulf Petrochemical & Chemical Association, Dubai
4)    Mr. Ali Hassan Al Sidiky,Director, Downstream Ventures, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar
5)    Dr. Just Jansz, President, Technology Business, LyondallBasell Industries, The Netherlands



14:30 – 14:50



14:50 – 15:30

Discussion on Papers Presented in First Session

15:30 - 15:45

Closing – First Day



Monday 21 January 2008

Keynote Address: Mr.Joseph E. Stiglitz (Nobel Prize Winner in Economics (2001)

09:00 - 9:45

Coffee Break

09:45 – 10:00

Second Session: Chariman: Mr. Abdul Aziz A Al Hajri, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Polymers Co Ltd

Technological Advances & Market Trends

Paper {3}: Shaping the Future with Plastics: a Differentiated Approach 

Speaker : Mr. Harald Hammer, Chief Executive Officer, Borouge Pte Ltd.


10:00 – 10:20

Paper {4}: Petrochemical Industry – Technological Trends 

Speaker : Dr. Just Jansz, President,  President, Technology Business, LyondallBasell Industries, The Netherlands

10:20 – 10:40

Paper {5}:  What is happening in the Asian Petrochemical Industry?

Speaker :   Ms.Malini Hariharan, Country Manager – India, ICIS

10:40 – 11:00

Discussion on Papers Presented in Second Session

11:00 - 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 - 11:30

Third Session:  Chairman: (TBA).

Financing of / Investing in Gulf Petrochemical industry

Paper {6}: Financing the Gulf Petrochemical Industry

Speaker : Mr. Darren Davis, Managing Director, Head of MENA Project & Export Finance, HSBC Bank Middle East, Dubai


11:30 – 11:50


Panel Discussion {2}: International Investment in GCC Petrochemical Industry 

Panelists :    

       1)    Mr. Abdullah Al Hagbani, Secretary General, Gulf Petrochemical & Chemical Association, Dubai
2)    Mr. Phil Parker, -  GM – New Business Development, Shell, Qatar
3)    Dr. Mohammad Fatemi, President & MD, Middle East Petrochem Engineering & Technology, Dubai  

11:50 – 12:30

       Discussion on Papers Presented in Third Session

12:30 - 12:45

Prayer / Conference Lunch hosted by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce

12:45 - 14:15

Fourth Session: Chairman: Assistant Secretary General, Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting

Challenges Faced by the GCC Petrochemical Industry

Paper {7}: Foster Wheeler in the Middle East - An Example of Flexible Strategic Management.

Speaker :  Mr. Giancarlo Cotone, Sr Vice President - Middle East, Foster Wheeler International.

14:15 – 14:35

Paper {8}:  Feedstock Availability in GCC - Current  Situation & Future Trends.   

Speaker: Dr. Philip Leighton – Director Petrochemicals, Jacobs  Consultancy, UK 


14:35 – 14:55

Discussion on Papers Presented in Fourth Session

14:55 – 15:15

Concluding Session:

Chairman: H.E. Dr. Ahmed Khalil AL Mutawa

Secretary General, Gulf Organization For Industrial Consulting.

Panel Discussion on Recommendations and Conference Statement


15:15 – 16:15

Vote of Thanks, Announcements and Adjournment

16:15 – 16:30


  • Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany 1998-2006

Gerhard Schröder is the first of a new generation of vibrant German leaders. He took on the newly reunited Germany and boldy ushered the world’s third largest economy into the 21st century.

A charismatic and powerful national figure, Gerhard Schröder was elected Chancellor in 1998. In his seven years in office, Gerhard Schröder did more to modernize Germany’s economy than had been accomplished in decades. Elected to a second term in 2002, Chancellor Schröder increased his country’s influence on a global level by not only taking strong stands on global issues, but also sending German troops to hotspots around the world; this was an enormously bold act that required changing Germany´s Constitution.

Currently Mr. Gerhard Schröder is the Chair of the Shareholders’ Committee in Nord Stream AB (initially registered as the North European Gas Pipeline Company), the company with the mission to create an efficient gas pipeline infrastructure from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The Shareholders’ Committee headed by Mr. Schröder takes all fundamental decisions and determines the strategy of the company.




  • Recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics
  • Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, The World Bank, 1997-2000
  • Chairman, U.S. Council of Economic Advisors, 1995-1996

Joseph Stiglitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in October 2001 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Stiglitz, former chief economist at the World Bank, has appointments at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the Economics Department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Business.

Stiglitz has become influential in the making an evaluation of economic policy in the last decade. He served on President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers - first as a member and later as chairman with cabinet rank. He was later named chief economist of the World Bank. Since January 2000, Stiglitz has been a visiting professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and Department of Economics in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He plans to locate his new Initiative for Policy Dialogue at SIPA. The Initiative for Policy Dialogue, which is funded with substantial foundation support, aims to provide an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank for countries in need of sound economic policy advice.