Downstream leaders focus on 'turning points' at GDA conference

More than 5,000 industry leaders, executives and government officials are taking part in the second edition of the Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) International Downstream Conference and Exhibition, which opened in Bahrain today (Feb 13).


The event, being held under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, is focusing on the theme 'Downstream Turning Points - Capitalising on Transformation'. It will run till February 15 at Exhibition World Bahrain.


Over three days, the GDA conference and exhibition will bring together key players in the GCC including international stakeholders from operators and technology providers to policy makers and academia to the leading event in the region for downstream industries.


The event is organised following the success of the inaugural GDA conference and exhibition in 2018. The second conference was scheduled to be held in 2020, but could not be conducted due to Covid-19.


"As I look into the future, I see a significant growth potential for our industry, despite the challenges posed by geopolitics, environmental concerns, post-pandemic dynamics, and economic uncertainties," said Suleman A Al-Bargan,Chairman of GDA and Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing, Saudi Aramco.


"Accordingly, we have designed a conference programme that will touch on all these challenges and explore creative ways of not only sustaining, but also growing the downstream industry while positively contributing to the peace and prosperity of humanity.


"We are committed to making this event a great success and a memorable experience for all of us. I look forward to learning about your new ideas and exhibiting your best products and service to our delegates," he says.


The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) was established by its founding companies Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI), Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). 


GDA is a pioneering, non-profit association and “point of reference” for all downstream players including industry professionals, corporate executives and legislators seeking to foster excellence and drive advancement through mutually beneficial engagement and industry collaboration.



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