(Manama) – Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company Chairman Dr. Ahmed Al Sharyan led a high-powered Company delegation to the 23rd Forum of the Arab Federation Association (AFA) held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, from January 31 to February 2.
GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery was among the heads of a large number of Arab and global giants operating in the field of fertilisers present at the event, held on the theme, Arab Producers of Fertilizers Under a Lasting Shine.
In a statement, Dr. Al Sharyan said his presence and participation in the opening ceremony was to show support for the AFA’s activities, especially in the light of the great importance Arab states attach to the fertiliser and petrochemical sector.
He said the forum is one of the largest and most important in the industry and is attended by representatives of major companies in the Arab world and outside.
He said the AFA should receive full support for it to achieve its goals and, towards this end, the support of the fertiliser industry in the Arab world is most important. He said he is proud of GPIC’s contributions and spoke about the training programmes the Company provides for its workers, which are designed to raise their skill levels and improve performance.
GPIC Chairman thanked the organisers and expressed his at the reception and hospitality facilities for the guests.
Speaking on the occasion, GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said the Company is always keen to take part in AFA events in keeping with its policies. He noted the large attendance in all of the forum’s activities and said the huge turnout had shown the popularity of the event.
He said the forum, and the accompanying exhibition, were attended by the elite of the largest Arab and international companies. He added the annual event is one of the AFA’s most important activities, which is supported by a large and growing number of institutions and companies.
Dr. Jawahery praised the outstanding organizational efforts and the preparation for the event and said the participants were very satisfied with the facilities. At the same time, he said, the overwhelming response by companies, who showed off their latest and most sophisticated industrial equipment, undoubtedly added considerable momentum to the forum and the exhibition.
Dr. Jawahery spoke about AFA efforts over the last year, mainly towards agricultural programmes implemented by member companies, as part of its commitment to social responsibility. He said the AFA adopted these initiatives to identify real problems and support and provide assistance to solve them.
He said new methods of modern farming systems aimed at applying best practices for the use of fertilisers and rational management of nutrients for plants, making sure the right amount is used at the right time to ensure the highest possible agricultural productivity.
Dr. Jawahery said the initiatives also contributed to the consolidation of a relationship between fertiliser manufacturers and farmers, especially with regard to the dissemination of good agricultural applications and analysis of soil types. He urged farmers to rationalize the use of fertilisers and apply good practices for improving productivity.
He mentioned the Moroccan experience in the field where companies took it upon themselves the task of delivering fertiliser plants and experts straight to people’s homes, characterised in particular by the educational aspect.
Dr. Jawahery said the AFA paid a lot of attention to transfer the Moroccan experience to Egypt, where a member of the AFA, Evergrow, operates such an initiative, the first in the country. It is made up of luxury cars as mobile laboratories that analyse the soil and water in villages for the benefit of farmers.