Published On: Sun, 13 Sep 2015

The GPCA Fertilizer Convention is an annual event organized by the GPCA’s Fertilizer Committee currently headed by Mr. Khalifa A Al Sowaidi, CEO- QAFCO. The GPCA’s Fertilizer Committee works to address issues of common interest to members from the fertiliser industry. The committee works towards ensuring continuous improvement and development of all aspects of the fertilizer sector by securing necessary support from the GCC region’s policy-makers and other key third-party stakeholders. The Committee supports and undertakes activities and programs relevant to the promotion of all areas in relation to Fertilizer products and services and serve as the voice for GPCA members within regional and international entities.

GPCA Fertilizer Convention is part of GPCA’s Fertiliser Committee’s efforts to bring together key regional industry figures, fertilizer consumers and government representatives to exchange information and to explore and deliberate key issues regarding food security and long-term strategies regarding fertilizer manufacture and application. The first edition of the Fertilizer Convention took place in 2010. In 2013, 279 delegates attended the fourth edition of the Forum, representing 96 companies from 34 countries.

The 6th GPCA Fertilizer Convention program has been developed specifically to help the global fertilizer industry embrace innovation to ensure efficient and sustainable production of fertilizers in order to contribute to global food security and an environmentally sustainable future. The comprehensive program will enable delegates to address challenges and explore growth opportunities in the rapidly changing global and regional market conditions. The intensive two-day program will feature market analysis, thought leadership and project case studies, amongst high level speakers from leading companies around the world.

Qatari students to participate in the convention

As part of QAFCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility, QAFCO leverages its influence amongst global institutions to provide opportunities for Qatari youth to develop their knowledge and have firsthand experience with the dynamics of the fertiliser industry.

As part of this, QAFCO will use the 6th GPCA Fertilizer Convention to help Qatari students from different universities in Qatar to gain knowledge on the fertiliser industry.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Khalifa A Al Sowaidi, QAFCO CEO said, “Our strategic Qatarization plan enables us to support the educational sector through partnerships and sponsorships, proactively supporting training and development of Qatari students.” Dr. Hamed Al Marwani, Chief Administration Officer, QAFCO said, “By sponsoring some of our Qatari students, we expect the students to gain valuable wisdom by participating and interacting with the stalwarts of the industry at the convention.”

About thirty students representing different Qatari institutions like Qatar University, Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), College of North Atlantic Qatar and Qatari graduate engineers studying in UK will be participating in the convention.

In its previous edition last year, QAFCO had supported twenty five students from various Qatari universities.