About the Conference

Held under the theme ‘Agile and Efficient GCC Supply Chains - The Role of Technology’, the 9th GPCA Supply Chain Conference will offer delegates an exclusive opportunity to explore the benefits of supply chain digitization in a complex and changing marketplace environment. Attendees will hear from global industry experts about how leading supply chain organizations have leveraged innovative technologies to improve the agility and efficiency of their supply chain operations. Experts will also shed light on the core capabilities required to embark upon a digital transformation journey. Several other ‘top of the mind’ topics to be discussed during the conference include the impact of trade agreements on the region, top market trends to watch in 2017, the importance of organizational and human capital development, and the role of safety in supply chain operations.

Other key topics:
  • State of global shipping industry and its impact on GCC chemical logistics
  • Impact of national transformation strategies on GCC supply chains
  • Digital disruptions and their applicability to supply chains
  • Predictive analytics: next generation sales and operations planning
  • Saudi Arabia’s plans for silk route
  • Role of human capital and talent development in GCC supply chains

About GPCA

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) represents the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Established in 2006, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95% of chemical output in the Gulf region. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing up to US$108billion worth of products a year.

The association supports the region’s petrochemical and chemical industry through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives that help member companies to connect, to share and advance knowledge, to contribute to international dialogue, and to become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.

Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from across the industry, the 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 reports.

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