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(L to R) Ghazi Al-Gosaibi; Yousif Al-Shirawi;
Abdulbaqi Al-Nouri

GPCA launches 'Legacy Award’

DUBAI, November 8, 2017

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has launched the GPCA Legacy Initiative and GPCA Legacy Award “Al Rowad” dedicated to the pioneers of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Gulf.

First of its kind in the region, the annual programme will honour individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to foster and strengthen the development of the chemical and petrochemical industry in one or more of the GCC states, said a statement from the company.

It will further aim to recognise, preserve, and make known the achievements of those individuals who set the foundations for a regional chemical industry, and played a pivotal role in establishing its position as an important global player, it said.

This year GPCA will be honouring the late Dr Ghazi Al-Gosaibi (1940 – 2010), Yousif Al-Shirawi (1927 – 2012) and Abdulbaqi Al-Nouri (1929 – 2010), all of whom would be recognised as Arabian Gulf Chemical Pioneers and would be posthumously bestowed with the GPCA Legacy Award “Al Rowad”.

Dr Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Industry and Electricity (1976-1983) and first chairman of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), will be recognised for his instrumental role in founding the company, and leading it into a path of great development and success.

Yousif Al-Shirawi, Minister of Development and Industry, Bahrain (1971 – 1995) will be awarded for the key role he played in establishing a petrochemical industry in the country, in addition to the formation of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), the first and only regional GCC joint venture.

The award will also be bestowed upon Abdulbaqi Al-Nouri, former chairman and managing director of Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), for spearheading the development of Kuwait’s chemical fertilizer industry and laying out the strategy that PIC followed to become an important manufacturer of aromatics and olefins.

Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general, GPCA, said: “These prominent individuals were the first to realise and explore the potential of setting up a chemical industry in the region by challenging the status quo, by overcoming any obstacle on the way and illuminating the road for the next generations to come.”

“Through this initiative, GPCA seeks to pay tribute to their life and achievements, foster national pride and inspire current and future generations to emulate outstanding individuals from our industry’s past,” he said.

“We believe that the history of the industry in our region is an important shared legacy that brings us together and encourages us to advance our industry even further. In addition, this initiative brings attention to a shared heritage, and thereby strives to strengthen the sense of community among GPCA member companies,” he added.

The official launch will take place during Day 1 of the 12th Annual GPCA Forum on November 28 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

In future years, further pioneers will be recognised for their achievements and honoured as part of the initiative, said a statement.

Nominations for the award are currently made by members of a nomination committee, comprising long-time industry veterans, with each of the GCC states represented on the committee. Nominations can also be made by members of GPCA’s board.

To qualify for the initiative, a candidate must be retired for three years from all involvement in the petrochemical industry and must have been based in the Arabian Gulf region when realising the achievements for which they are being recognised, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

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