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Thu 14 Jan 2010 04:00 AM

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Highlight of the year?

If you didn’t attend the annual forum of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), I can tell you that you missed out on the biggest petrochemicals event in 2009.

If you didn’t attend the annual forum of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), I can tell you that you missed out on the biggest petrochemicals event in 2009.

Though it is only the fourth annual forum, the record number of high-profile attendees illustrates the Middle East’s growing dominance in the world downstream arena.

The event drew CEOs and senior executives from the top international petrochemicals players to Dubai to attend or to present speeches at the forum, and in the current painful climate that is not an easy thing to do. This is additionally impressive when you consider how busy schedules are, especially given the actual challenges that are facing producers in other parts of the world.

Networking was the ultimate goal of each delegate; this could be noticed easily from the number of participants per company. Even small firms brought along at least three delegates to allow maximum networking in the hope of opening up new business opportunities, and forging stronger ties to the region downstream companies.

Those who didn’t make it to the show have no-one to blame but themselves as they truly missed an excellent opportunity to meet face to face with top decision makers.

I spoke with CEOs of petrochemicals companies from the US, Europe and Asia, and everyone agreed that the show was a great success, and definitely a tough one to drop from their agenda in 2010.

However, for the benefit of those executives who couldn’t be there this year, Petrochemicals Middle East is delighted to bring you a comprehensive round-up of the news and views of the major players in the January print edition and online at
www.ArabianOilandGas.com

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Abdelghani Henni is the editor of Petrochemicals Middle East.

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