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GPIC Employees Sign the Document of the Covenant and Pledge of Allegiance to the Swords of Loyalty

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Minister of Energy Meets GPIC Board of Directors

Page 5 Mr. Jawahery: Petrochemical Industry Set to Flourish in the Next Few Years

Page 3 Electronic Equipment for Measuring Gas Emissions Launched

Page 7 Fertilizers Attract US$ 40 Billion in Investments

Editorial team: Abdul Ameer Al Mulla - Chief Editor Khalid Al Bin Ali-Deputy Chief Editor Raeda Al Shemeri - Coordinator Ahmed Mahmood - Member Trevor Burt - Member Hussam Bader - Member Osama Salman - Member Lulwa Al Muaili - Member

Page 11 H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa receives GPIC Delegation in bin Matar House


President’s Message

Page 4 HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad thanks GPIC for supporting Special Needs Conference

Page 9 World Trade Growth in Ammonia to Increase by 26% by 2015

As usual, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has maintained high levels of productivity, safety and environmental protection, thanks to the support of the Board of Directors, chaired by HE Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and the continuous efforts of all the employees. It is imperative upon me to express my sincere thanks to all the Company’s employees for their contributions during the recent crisis witnessed in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was a period during which GPIC employees showed the best examples of loyalty and sincerity, hence demonstrating their genuine patriotism and loyalty to this beloved country and its wise leadership. Special thanks should go to the GPIC Trade Union for their positive role in supporting the Company’s operations during this difficult period. Meanwhile, I would like to stress the Company’s keen desire to expand its operations by the introduction of new plants, driven by more advanced technologies and specifications. When we consider that the world demand for petrochemical products is continuously on the increase and that current price levels ensure profitability, there can remain no doubt that these projects contribute to supporting the national economy and creating new job opportunities for Bahrainis. GPIC has already completed the preliminary study for new ammonia and urea plants, in addition to a utilities plant, at an estimated cost of US 1,5 S billion. Officials of the oil and gas sector have expressed their support and interest in such projects and have promised to provide the required natural gas supplies, when available. I present to you the 76th Issue of Khaleejieh which highlights some of GPIC’s contributions and achievements, hoping that it will receive your approval.

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Page 25 GPIC Continues Support of inJAz Bahrain


Minister of Energy Meets GPIC Board of Directors H.E.

Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Energy and Chairman of the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), received members of the GPIC Board of Directors, accompanied by Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC’s President. During the meeting, GPIC Board members congratulated H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza on the occasion of receiving the Bahrain Decoration of the First Order during a ceremony held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, marking the 10th Anniversary of the National Action Charter. H.E. Minister of Energy expressed his thanks and appreciation to

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the members of GPIC’s Board of Directors, led by H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Board Chairman, for this kind gesture. He pointed out that this recognition was not only a great honour, but was also a major responsibility to continue exerting every effort to develop the oil and gas sectors in the Kingdom. In this context, he noted the vital role played by GPIC in supporting the growth of this sector, as the company occupied a unique position thanks to the quality of its products and the numerous awards won.

training programmes or financial incentives. This is confirmed by the local and regional awards the company has achieved for its efforts to increase Bahrainisation within the company. He concluded by saying that he was proud that GPIC was one of the NOGA member companies, owing to its strong support of Bahrain’s national economy. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to GPIC’s Board Chairman and members for their efforts to boost the company’s operations and strategic objectives.

He praised GPIC for its corporate responsibility and environmental contributions, in addition to its increased commitment to Bahraini employees in the company, whether in regard to

On his part, H.E. Mr. Yousuf A. Al Zamel, Deputy Board Chairman, said the recognition of His Excellency the Minister by His Majesty the King was in appreciation of the efforts


made by the Minister for the development of the oil and gas sectors. It is also recognition of all the other companies under the NOGA umbrella, he added. He went on to say that the GPIC Board Chairman, Directors and all the employees of the company appreciated the support and encouragement received from H.E. the Minister. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, honoured a number of ministers, prominent figures, members of the military and civilians who have made significant contributions to the country’s growth and development. GPIC is one of the industrial companies operating under the NOGA umbrella, which is led by H.E. Dr. Abdul Husain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Energy. In addition to GPIC, NOGA comprises nine member companies, namely: Oil & Gas Holding Company, Bahrain Petroleum Company, Bahrain National Gas Company, Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company, Bahrain Aviation Fuelling Company, Bahrain Lube, Tatweer Petroleum Company and Scawgen Gulf Petchem Carriers. Since the issue of Royal Decree

No. 63 of 2005 with respect to NOGA’s establishment, the Authority has sought to bring about improvement by adopting the latest management methods to be run on an “at arm’s length” basis. It should be noted that 2011 will witness the launch of new companies and the

implementation of the Deep Gas Project that will contribute, upon its completion in 2014, to the increase of available gas supplies to meet the current and future requirements for Bahrain’s needs in industry and power generation.

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Electronic Equipment for Measuring Gas Emissions Launched GPIC

has been honoured for being one of the first petrochemical companies to introduce a system of electronic equipment for measuring gas emissions from its plants, which is a unique system of its kind in the Middle East. This landmark achievement was announced at a major ceremony recently held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Personal Representative of His Majesty the King and President of the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment & Wildlife, in the presence of the Deputy UN Secretary General and UNDP Executive Director, a number of officials and specialists concerned with environmental affairs for the launch of an “Air Quality Monitoring System from Fixed Sources”. In remarks made on this occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President expressed his sincere thanks to H.H. Shaikh

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Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa for honouring the company and expressed his appreciation of His Highness’ care for the environment and environmentally friendly project. He said he was proud that GPIC had been run a selected by the Commission to trial of this innovative system. He added the readings that have been recorded by the system are in full conformity to the permitted international levels. GPIC is reputed for its full compliance with environmental standards and the preservation of the environment, in addition to its remarkable efforts in the enhancement of environmental awareness among various community groups through the wide range of programmes launched by the company from time to time. Concluding, Mr. Jawahery said that the company was committed to comply with environmental systems that have enabled it

to gain a good international reputation through having launched a number of unique environmental projects within its industrial complex. It should be noted that the direct air quality monitoring system is a modern advanced system of monitoring on the Internet , designed to control emissions directly from such fixed sources as industries and power stations. The system will link up all plants in the Kingdom of Bahrain that release emissions in the air and these include 63 plants and 5 power stations throughout Bahrain. The Commission will monitor the plants’ data every 15 minutes to follow up emissions. A Ministerial order has been issued recently by H.H. Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa obliging plants to join this project which will make Bahrain a pioneer in maintaining the air, land and sea environment by monitoring and controlling gas emissions.


HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad thanks GPIC for supporting Special Needs Conference HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee thanked GPIC for its generous contribution in supporting a Special Needs Conference, which was held recently in Bahrain. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery the company›s President, extended his sincere thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, for giving GPIC the opportunity to contribute by supporting this important regional event, which was attended by many of those interested in this category of society. Mr. Jawahery added that the support of the conference was in line with the directives of H.E Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Oil and Industrial Affairs, the Company›s Chairman and also came in line with the goals of the Company and its strategy of supporting various sectors of society and their activities so as to enhance the prestige of the Company and meet its duties in terms of social responsibility. With regard to the conference, Mr. Jawahery said that this event is important because it

works to strengthen the spirit of citizenship and the spirit of one family. Also the conference allows an opportunity for the parents of this group to overcome the challenges they face in educating persons with disabilities and working to integrate them into the community. Further, Mr. Jawahery believes there is a need for the private sector to be involved in the issues and concerns of people with disabilities and to promote awareness of aspects of this category by defining their abilities. The private sector should also support the activities of this sector, in order to establish its effective role and contribution in supporting people with special needs. Mr. Jawahery confirmed that the company will continue to provide moral and material support for various social, charitable and voluntary events in the Kingdom, calling on other companies to contribute to anything that elevates

the focus on the community and the advancement of its children. It should be noted that the Special Needs Conference was been held at the Crowne Plaza Conference Centre on the 2nd and 3rd of February, in the presence of about 45 Gulf companies and dozens of people with special needs in the Kingdom and the Gulf as well as rehabilitation centres, associations and institutions which supervise people with disabilities locally and regionally . The conference was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bahrain in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Gulf Society for Disability, and was held on the sidelines of an exhibition of means of support for people with special needs which displayed the most important developments of modern methods in the field of disability.

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Mr. Jawahery: Petrochemical Industry Set to Flourish in the Next Few Years The petrochemical industry has

a correlation to the availability of sources of energy, as petrochemical products depend primarily upon energy for their manufacture, which directly impacts on operational levels and prices of petrochemicals on the world markets. Market observers will be able to note the extent of changes in energy prices, including oil and gas, upon the prices of byproducts especially petrochemicals. Reports indicate that the prices of petrochemicals are set to witness a marked improvement in the near future, owing to the positive forecasts concerning the global increase in oil prices during the same period. It should be noted here that the prices of petrochemicals are not only affected by the changes in energy prices, but also by other factors such as supply and demand and prices of other energy sources, such as coal. China is one of the leading consumers of coal as a key source for the production of petrochemicals, including Methanol.

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In this context, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, spoke about the development of the Methanol import markets, since GPIC is a leading producer and exporter of Methanol and can therefore make an impact upon these markets. He noted that the Methanol m a r k e t s witnessed a s i g n i fi c a n t i m p r ov e m e n t from 2002 to 2007 when the prices gradually increased to reach a level of US$500 per CFR in 2007. At that time, crude prices rose from US$15 per metric ton in 2002 to around US$75 per metric ton in 2007. However by the end of 2008 Methanol markets, as with all other economic sectors, were affected by the economic crisis that swept the world. Demand for Methanol declined and prices started to fall to US$150 per

CFR; and at that time the price of crude oil was around US$40 per barrel. With the passage of time, the situation began to gradually improve, especially in 2010 when prices stabilised at levels of more than US$300 per CFR. Mr. Jawahery added that 2010 was considered to be one of the most successful years for the company, as it was able to maintain its strategic market share. The United States was the c o m p a n y’s biggest importer of Methanol, as it accounted for 46% of the company’s Methanol exports. The returns were attractive, as GPIC was able to take advantage of the Free Trade Agreement between Bahrain and the USA.

GPIC Methanol exports to China in 2010 amounted to around 45% of its total exports. China is the second biggest market for GPIC after the United States.


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Commenting on developments in the Methanol industry with the expected increase in supply, GPIC’s President said that it was anticipated that the world growth level of Methanol capacity would be between 4-8%. The global production capacity increased from 43.8 million metric tons in 2005 to 75.2 million metric tons in 2010; hence it is expected that this capacity would reach 96.5 million metric tons annually by the year 2015. He referred to the entry of a number of new plants by the end of 2010 and an injection of huge investments in this sector, reflecting the feasibility of such industries. The most recent of these projects is the Methanol plant set up in Brunei, with an annual output of 850,000 metric tons. Another plant recently came on-stream in Egypt, with a capacity of 1,260,000 metric tons, and other plants have been commissioned in China. Specialised reports indicate that the Methanol industry in China has witnessed a major transformation in local manufacture and consumption. The country is a major importer of Methanol, which increased its

imports from around 1.5 million metric tons in 2005 to around 5 million metric tons in 2010. Such growth is set to reach around 14 million metric tons by the year 2014.

coal as feedstock, but with supplementation from natural gas. This would increase production costs as compared with plants that depend upon natural gas alone as their feedstock.

Mr. Jawahery concluded by saying that the total Methanol consumption in China will reach around 17 million metric tons by 2015, in addition to the marked increased in China’s Methanol production. The country’s Methanol output rose from 8 million metric tons in 2005 to around 32 million metric tons in 2010. This capacity is set to rise to around 41.5 million metric tons by 2015, mostly relying upon

He added that China has a strategic vision, as it seeks to strike a balance between growing local consumption and supply level and imports from other sources, hence curbing price increases. GPIC Methanol exports to China in 2010 amounted to around 45% of its total exports. China is the second biggest market for GPIC after the United States.

GPIC Methanol ExportsAccourding to Markets America 2010 46%

Thailand 3% Singapore 6%

China 45% Total: 429.6 Thousened Tons  Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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Fertilizers Attract US$ 40 Billion in Investments A

report recently published by the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) said the fertilizer sector attracted around US$ 40 billion in investments during 2010 and the early part of 2011. The fertilizer industry, the report said, used such investments in the construction of new production capacity for the three main fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphate and potassium fertilizers) in several regions of the world, including North Africa, West and South East Asia in addition to North and South America. The report discusses in detail the response of the global fertilizer industry to the challenge of enhancement of agricultural production worldwide. However, it has also warned against the expected rise in the future of the prices of the main agricultural crops and food prices. In spite of the significant decline in fertilizer sales and consumption in 2009 due to the world’s economic crisis, the year 2010 witnessed a

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rapid economic growth in the world’s agricultural markets accompanied by a recovery in the consumption of agricultural goods and the increase in their prices, due to several factors including climatic conditions and rise in demand especially for ethanol which is used as fuel. This has prompted some producing countries to impose restrictions upon the export of fertilizers and grains.

The report added that in 2010 the world witnessed a significant drop in corn and wheat inventories worldwide. Due to the rapid growth witnessed in the world especially in the first half of 2010, there was an annual increase of 13% in the fertilizer sales and 7% increase in consumption compared to 2009. The report predicted that the growth in consumption would continue in 2010 at the rate of 4.7% and 3.8% during the period 2011-2012 so that the fertilizer consumption levels would be restored to their earlier levels

before the economic crisis in late 2008. It forecast that there would be an increase in the global sales of all kinds of fertilizers in 2011 at the rate of 3% for nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers and 5% for potassium fertilizers. The report noted that the fertilizer industry owed a great deal of credit to the major investments that showed a significant ability to manage the increased growth in demand for food, animal feed, production of fibres and energy. The industry has learned a great deal from the lessons of the previous food crisis to undertake the wide scale growth projects and to play its role as a dynamic force for sustainable agricultural output and enhancement of food security. Commenting on the IFA report, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President and member of the IFA Executive Management Group said the fertilizer industry


Mr. Jawahery added the construction of new production capacity usually takes a long time and cannot be completed overnight, hence the steps adopted by this industry in planning and looking forward to the future are commendable. He expressed optimism towards the growth and recovery in sales and growth of the agricultural sector in the current year in addition to the expected growth in urea, which is one of the preferred fertilizers by many farmers around the world due to its rich nutritional elements. Output is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3% over the next 10 years. He pointed out that the Arabian Gulf region has some 31% share of urea exports to the outside world. This percentage is bound to increase in the next few years and the region will become   the best exporter of urea to the

world owing to dependability in means and opportunities for production and high quality of investment in boosting efficiency Urea Exports products. and producing new products (Regionally - Globaly) Concluding, Mr. Jawahery said in to enhance its status in terms of addition 50 to the great responsibility responsibility to the environment assumed by this industry with and its protection. 40

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has attracted investments of around US$ 40 billion since 2008 until the present time. This is evidence of the vital role played by this sector in achieving food security in addition to the potential profitability of fertilizer projects.

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World Trade Growth in Ammonia to Increase by 26% by 2015 Ammonia

is one of the most important pillars of the agricultural industry. Fertilizers, especially nitrogen fertilizers, are in direct use on agricultural land to increase fertility, as is the case in the United States of America and some other developed countries. The total global production of Ammonia in the year 2010 was about 130 million tons, an increase of 2.6% from 2009. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, spoke recently about the fertilizer market, pointing out that Ammonia, like all other commodities, obeys the laws of supply and demand, whether positively or negatively. He added that Ammonia is one of the most important raw materials for the production of nitrogen fertilizers, such as Urea and ammonium phosphate. Fertilizers of both types, unilateral and bilateral, and ammonium nitrate fertilizers are used directly to fertilize the soil. He pointed out that one of the most interesting features in the world market for Ammonia is

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that the price is not linked closely to the global trade of Urea, in spite of the close connection between the two chemically. When we examine the current global market in Ammonia, we can observe a significant recovery in terms of increasing demand and a consequent rising of the price to about 450 U.S. dollars per metric ton. Prices are subject to further increase in the future, at a time when there is a recession. However, the current Urea market is flat due to the absence of daily demand for it because of the non-entry of some influential importing countries such as India, which hopefully will resume imports of Urea in the near future. Mr. Jawahery further noted that the volume of world trade Ammonia is about 13% of the total world production. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is one of the largest producers and exporters of Ammonia and has a share of total world exports of about 5 million tons, equivalent to 30%. He also explained that most of the Ammonia trade involves transportation by sea,

with 80% being shipped in specialised tankers, while the remainder is transferred through rail distribution networks, as is the case in the United States, Canada and Europe. Speaking about the future outlook for Ammonia, Mr. Jawahery expected to see an increase in the production of Ammonia to about 186 million tons by the year 2015 and the share of GCC countries to be about 12 million tons, equivalent to around 10% of the total world production of Ammonia. Many projections indicate an expected increase in the world trade volume of Ammonia to reach about 24 million metric tons by the year 2015, an increase of 26% compared to 2010. It is known that the export of Ammonia from the Persian Gulf represents about 17% of the volume of world exports. The United States is one of the largest importers of Ammonia, at an estimated 6 million tons per year or 39%, followed by India at 12% and South Korea, where imports increased to 7%.


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H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa receives GPIC Delegation in bin Matar House In a

visit designed to reaffirm the partnership between the private and public sector and to renew the company’s continued participation in cultural projects and developments adopted by the Culture and National Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Information, a delegation from GPIC, headed by the company’s President, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, visited bin Matar house in Muharraq. The GPIC delegation was received upon arrival by H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture and President of the Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa

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Centre for Culture and Research, where she welcomed the visiting delegation and escorted them on a tour around this monument of traditional architectural and cultural heritage. As the delegation walked around the site, she updated them on the house’s facilities and the steps that have been taken to revive, restore and refine the contents of its interior design and new features, while also maintaining a great model for an authentic, traditional Bahraini building. The delegation also listened to a briefing by H.E. Shaikha Mai on the various objectives and tasks to be undertaken in this facility to highlight aspects of the local

craft heritage, especially the pearl trade in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Jawahery showed his thanks and appreciation to H.E. Shaikha Mai for the favoured invitation to the company›s delegation to visit this unique monument to Bahraini heritage. He commended her efforts to continue both the heritage of Bahrain and the dissemination of cultural awareness, which have already made the centre into an intellectual and cultural beacon, and wished those concerned success in achieving their desired objectives.


The GPIC President vowed that the company would continue its efforts to support various cultural projects, designed to protect and preserve the heritage of the island, in order to remain a picture of the Kingdom of Bahrain the way His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa wants: a beloved image of beauty, diversity and unity. The President then went on to thank H.E. Shaikha Mai for the warm reception and hospitality. In response, H.E. Shaikha Mai gave her sincere thanks and appreciation to the company›s delegation, headed by Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, for their advocacy in identifying a feature of the Kingdom’s cultural heritage. Her Excellency expressed gratitude for the major support offered by the company to the cultural sector, which reflects the true partnership between the private and public sector, stressing that Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company has always provided support and assistance to all cultural and heritage projects in the Kingdom. It was decided in the process of restoration to maintain the original shape of the building and renovate it using the traditional materials in this type of building, in order to be an excellent model of the old architectural style that characterized the Kingdom of Bahrain in previous centuries. The bin Matar residence preserves a wonderful heritage of architectural models for future generations of Bahrain and commemorates the family bin Matar, Bahraini leaders in the pearl trade.

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GPIC Employees Sign the Document of the Covenant and Pledge of Allegiance to the Swords of Loyalty GPIC

employees had the are loyal to the homeland and honour of hosting an occasion its leadership, participated in to sign a Covenant and make a the signing of this precious pledge of allegiance to Swords document on the morning of Loyalty, to confirm their of Thursday 19 May, as an expression of their devotion love and loyalty to to the wise In a spirit of the leadership of leadership Bahrain. great national of the nation. This allegiance, Company President, opportunity Mr. Abdulrahman the company’s was launched praised under the employees, who Jawahery, the great and patronage of heartfelt national His Highness are loyal to the spirit shown by the S h e i k h homeland and company’s staff. He Nasser bin added that after the Hamad Al its leadership, recent unfortunate Khalifa, participated in events within Chairman of the Kingdom of the Supreme the signing of Bahrain, this pledge Council for this precious of allegiance showed Youth and the people’s genuine Sports. document and great love for their country and In a spirit of their commitment to the great national allegiance, the leadership, stressing that the company›s employees, who people of Bahrain who praise

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the name of their country and its distinction in all aspects of life, today reaffirmed their commitment to the legitimacy of the leadership, represented by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Mr. Jawahery expressed his appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports for his commitment to the organisation of this event of national confirmation of loyalty to the leadership. He reiterated the readiness of the company to provide support in all possible forms for such events, whether national or sporting, when organised by the Higher Council for Youth and Sports, as it has always done. Such events contribute to upholding the development of the youth of Bahrain and their skills, while also confirming their patriotism.


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Ceremony in Solidarity with Saudi Arabia On

Thursday 28 April, 2011 the Crown Prince were carried Holy Mosques that reflected the GPIC celebrated a day of solidarity by the company’s employees to deep rooted historical relationship and loyalty to the Custodian of renew their loyalty to the leaders between Bahrain and Saudi the Two Holy Mosques, King of Bahrain who are making Arabia. Abdulla Mr. Jawahery also bin Abdul A z i z GPIC employees expressed their thanks said he was thankful and grateful to the Al Saud, of Saudi and appreciation to the Custodian of the Bahraini leadership and reiterated the loyalty Arabia. On this Two Holy Mosques for his honourable of all the company’s employees to the occasion, G P I C position and strong support for the people leaders of Bahrain for was full of Bahrain during the recent events and their wise policies and rational efforts, in spite of colours of the sweeping events and flags unrest witnessed in the Kingdom. that had taken place of the two recently. countries every effort to provide decent to demonstrate the implications He recalled the leading role played of this significant occasion that living conditions to the Bahraini by Saudi Arabia as a major player allowed the staff members to show citizens. in the Middle East. He voiced their loyalty to the country and its On this occasion, Mr. his sincere gratitude to the Saudi leadership. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC people for their honourable stand During the ceremony, portraits President expressed his pleasure for in support of the Kingdom of of the Bahraini leadership the organisation of this ceremony Bahrain and its people during the including the portrait of His that showed the appreciation of recent hard times witnessed by Majesty King Hamad, H.R.H. the Bahraini people for the strong Bahrain. the Prime Minister and H.R.H. stand of the Custodian of the Two

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GPIC Board Praise Labour Union Stand The

GPIC Board of Directors have praised the patriotic and committed stand of members of the GPIC Labour Union during the recent crisis witnessed in the Kingdom of Bahrain. They lauded their courageous position, which was taken despite the difficult conditions and with all the significant challenges facing people at that time. The employees’ keenness to continue working and tend to their duties in the company had a vital effect on the continuation of production in all the company’s plants. The statement was made during a recent Board Meeting, following which the Board honoured the Chairman and members of the GPIC Labour Union for their bold, patriotic position. They expressed their deep appreciation of all the company’s employees for their commitment to their work shifts and regular attendance to their duties during the extraordinary events witnessed by the Kingdom, with a level of 100% attendance. This enabled the company to achieve an excellent performance level that has been praised by the Kingdom’s leadership, officials and citizens. The company was also subject to praise in radio and TV news bulletins. The Board members welcomed the recent improvement of conditions

following the crisis, thanks to the wisdom of the leadership and loyalty of the people.

On this occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President said this honour was a reaffirmation of the close cooperation and relationship between the Labour Union and the Company’s management, which has always sought to remove any difficulties or obstacles and create a suitable environment for the workers, who have not hesitated to make efforts and sacrifices for the sake of the company’s growth and success. Mr. Jawahery praised the support and directives of H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to H.R.H. the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and GPIC Chairman, and members of the Board for providing a convivial working environment and working with a team spirit. He praised the follow up and encouragement by H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Energy, for giving a boost to industrial development in the Kingdom. The GPIC Labour Union Chairman, Mr. Hamad Al Thawadi, stated that the Union had only carried out its national duty and its actions were dictated

by the recent difficult conditions witnessed in the Kingdom. It was imperative that the Labour Union, with all its members, supported the nation by regular attendance to their duties and ensuring the continuous flow of operations and productivity. He added that the GPIC Labour Union has a well-known history for cultivating feelings of good citizenship that advocates constructive efforts, which are the true principles of a trade union’s activities. Mr. Al Thawadi further said the workers at GPIC spare no efforts in maintaining the gains and records achieved on local, regional and international levels. It should be noted that the GPIC Labour Union has been recognised for its patriotic stand by upholding the best interests of the country and company above all considerations, something that has always been welcomed and appreciated by the company’s executives and directors. This recognition demonstrates the existing cooperation and relationship between the Labour Union and the company’s executive management, which has always worked to eliminate difficulties and provide the appropriate environment for workers to play their role and make sacrifices for the good of the company.

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GPIC participates in dialogue sessions of the national consensus With its central role in society,

being one of the oldest national companies that have contributed and still contribute to the national economy of the Kingdom and based on a kind invitation to participate in the dialogue of national consensus, which began its work with the beginning of July, GPIC participated in national dialogue sessions which aim to bring out diverse views and allow the preparation of a vision of the four roles of dialogue in political and human rights, economic and social development. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, participated in this National Rally in his role as a member of the Shura Council and a member of several committees of the Council. As co-representatives of the company, Mr. Adnan Al Mahmoud, information technology and knowledge Manager and Mr.Yaquob Yousif, deputy head of the Labour Union, also participated in both economic and political roles.

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In a statement on the occasion, Mr. Jawahery said that Bahrain is in dire need for all segments of society to participate in this forum at this juncture, considering its historical importance after the crisis during the month of March. The whole world awaited its results. GPIC’s prime place in the industrial sector as well as what it represents of the notion of national duty in us all required her to be a part of this process of compatibility. The President explained that the dialogue of national consensus aims eventually to develop visions and concepts for the next stage, which everyone hopes will place an emphasis on comprehensive national reconciliation within Bahraini society. With all its components able to pull together we can face any challenge coming and also be able to keep up with political reform and accept the other opinions , confirming that we are all part of the family; we are all one Bahraini, with a table

where we share with the nation and help provide certainty for the future. The GPIC President concluded by stressing the need for tolerance, love and solidarity, as well as the need to address others rationally, away from the spasms of sectarian or ethnic division in order to achieve reform, because reform comes from within and is not a recipe that foreign affairs can import and apply everywhere, all the time. At the same time Mr. Jawahery expressed his deep belief in the importance of this dialogue, which is taking place at the highest level and includes participants of national importance in social and economic spheres. Open and frank talks are open to everyone whose ultimate aim is to live in peace and security in a society that knows no discrimination or intolerance, as called for in all his speeches and meetings with his people by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain.


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Support the Campaign “I am Bahrain” H.E.

Dr. Hala Al-Ansari Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Women received on Sunday 15 May, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company President, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, accompanied by a number of senior company officials. The visit came in the context of the company›s support for the national campaign, «I am Bahrain», launched by the Council and carried out by a group of young Bahrainis in cooperation with the programme and the Youth Committee of the Secretariat of the Council. In a statement on the occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said that the company is honoured to support this national initiative, especially as it comes under exceptional circumstances experienced by the Kingdom, which has begun to recover. He praised the vision of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa the wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain and President of the Supreme Council for Women, which has been credited with the launch of

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this initiative. GPIC President added that it is incumbent on all institutions from the private sector to work to support this initiative in order to achieve its noble objectives, which will be beneficial to the country. He highlighted the important role the young people of Bahrain are playing in this regard. He concluded his comment by reiterating that GPIC will always be a key supporter of any initiative that fosters a spirit of loyalty to the homeland and its leadership and strengthens national cohesion of the Bahraini society. H.E. Dr. Hala Al-Ansari expressed her sincere thanks and appreciation to GPIC under the chairmanship of H.E. Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Oil and Industrial Affairs, for this generous support and recalled the previous contributions of the company and its cooperation with the Supreme Council for Women, and support for many of the events held by the Council on various occasions. The aim of the campaign «I

am Bahrain» is to contribute to instilling the concept of loyalty and national unity, and restoring national cohesion to the Bahraini society; including respect of the principles of peaceful coexistence, promoting the spirit and values of tolerance, compassion and acceptance of other opinions. The campaign›s logo reflects the identity of Bahraini citizens as being aware of Bahrain and is a symbol of national unity. This initiative is the result of the interaction by youjng members of the Youth Committee of the Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Women with the consultative meeting held by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of Bahrain and President of the Supreme Council for Women, during which the Princess highlighted the importance of the young people’s role and their ability to express their affiliation to the homeland and strengthen the spirit of citizenship to install the principles of brotherhood and solidarity.


Within the spirit of the National Charter and its tenth anniversary ... GPIC enhances career development of a new cadre of young Bahrainis Coinciding with the celebra-

tion of the tenth anniversary of the National Charter, which affirms in its seven chapters the right of Work and as directed by H.E Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Oil and Industrial Affairs and Chairman of the Board of GPIC, the Company welcomed new additions to the national staff by employing a new group of young Bahraini women and men qualified in science and who are aiming for a career in the petrochemical industry. In a statement on the occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, said that he was delighted to employ this new group of young Bahrainis who offer diverse skills in their technical field. Their employment also comes under the guidance of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of Bahrain, who urges the permanent employment of young qualified Bahrainis to contribute to the achievement of economic stability of the Kingdom, allowing them to build their future and contribute to community development and nation building. Mr. Jawahery said that these appointments are particularly

important because they coincide with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the National Charter, which renews loyalty to our country and leadership, as we enter a new era where there are hope and ambition within the people›s loyalty to the leader, our pioneer of political and social reform , His Majesty the King, may God protect him. Mr. Jawahery added that the Strategic Plan adopted by the company is focused on the preference for local nationals, in which cause the Company is proud to be a champion of local national employees, who constitute about 95% of the total workforce of the Company. This fact has secured the Company›s recognition through awards in this area. The most recent award (for companies and private institutions showing excellence in the field of local national employment) was achieved at the level of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), where the Company was honoured for this achievement and thus featured in a ceremony held on the sidelines of the regular session of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs Council of the GCC, held recently in Kuwait.

In conclusion, the GPIC President invited all companies and institutions in the private sector to play their part in providing employment opportunities for young Bahrainis and assist to government efforts in this area. He further noted the great ambitions of the Bahraini employee, who is no less efficient than foreigner whenever he has at his disposal the appropriate working conditions, encouragement and opportunities for adequate training and promotion. In this context, he noted the wise policy pursued via the establishment of GPIC to manufacture petrochemicals by relying on the national workforce wherein the Company is proud of its employees and its local national executive management, which consists entirely of Bahrainis who demonstrate their ingenuity in the effective management of this large industrial entity. It is worth mentioning that the new group of young Bahraini women and men that has been employed consists of 10 members who have been deployed in various company departments and divisions, each according to his specialty, according to the needs of the company.

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GPIC President receives Staff Returning from Umrah On the morning of Sunday 22

May, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, received 18 company employees after their observance of Umrah, which was performed with the support and financial contribution from the company. The meeting was attended by several members of the executive management and officials of the company, together with the

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Chairman and members of GPIC Labour Union. Mr. Jawahery congratulated them for completing their rituals and thanked them for their prayers for the country, to provide the grace of security and stability, and to help lead Bahrain under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The

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that the company continues to strive to provide all possible encouragement and assistance to support staff in both their religious observance and their recreation. He praised the participation of the GPIC Labour Union on this journey, along with a number of staff representing all departments and sections of the company. On behalf of the staff, Mr. Hamad Al Thawadi, Chairman of the GPIC Labour Union, expressed his deep thanks and gratitude for this kind gesture by the management of the company and his great appreciation for the excellent efforts made to prepare for this journey and its escort. He also praised the management for providing the means that largely facilitated the entire journey.


Banagas gives Support to inJAz Bahrain Bahrain

National Gas Company (Banagas) has given generous support to inJAz Bahrain as a contribution from the company to support inJAz’s efforts to motivate young Bahrainis and to enhance their awareness of the value of projects, jobs and the economy for development of their lives. H.H. Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, inJAz Bahrain Executive Director expressed her sincere thanks to H.E. Dr. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Banagas General Manager for this support for inJAz programmes which assist students to be provided with the necessary skills

and information, while allowing them the practical opportunities needed for entering the job market. Her Highness praised Banagas for its major role in supporting inJAz and thanked the employees of the company for their initiatives in supporting inJAz by volunteering to join the inJAz programmes. H.E. Dr. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Banagas General Manager said he was happy with the company’s support to inJAz targeting Bahraini students. He reaffirmed the commitment to help this organisation in its

ambitious programmes on all levels. inJAz Bahrain is a non-profit organisation that relies for programmes upon the volunteers who work in private companies and businesses and who, through special courses and lectures, transfer their practical expertise to students who join its programmes. inJAz Bahrain was created in 2005 and is a member of “Junior Achievement” Organisation that provides education in the areas of business and the economy for students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, tools and practical experience needed for joining the job market.

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GPIC Continues Support of inJAz Bahrain As part of the Gulf Petrochemical

Industries Co.’s (GPIC) commitment to the development of Bahraini students, some of whom will become future leaders, and in response to the directives of H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and GPIC Chairman, GPIC has been keen to join with inJAz Bahrain in a social partnership since its establishment until the present day; so much so, that the company has become an integral and important component of the institution. Her Highness Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, Executive Director of inJAz Bahrain, received a delegation from GPIC headed by Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, and accompanied by a number of executive management members. The participants discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the two sides and the possibility of the company›s

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contribution to the development of inJAz’s programmes. These courses would aim to strengthen the knowledge capabilities of young people and encourage them to appreciate and respect self-employment, while teaching them economic concepts and what the labour market requires in terms of information and skills, as well as the means and expertise to continue the process of growth and prosperity and contribute actively to the international community. GPIC also gave a financial contribution to inJAz Bahrain as a show of support for their various programmes, which are aimed at developing the youth of this nation. In a statement made after the meeting, Mr. Jawahery praised the important role played by inJAz Bahrain and the employees of this volunteer organisation, led by Her Highness Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, Executive Director of inJAz Bahrain. He commended them for preparing young people for the working

world and developing their leadership and management skills, as well as for providing them with the keys to success and giving them opportunities to acquire confidence and a spirit of team work, in order to prepare them to take responsibility for supporting the economy of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He added that in addition to helping them make the right decisions that will determine their own future and providing opportunities for them to acquire the necessary skills, by linking with the labour market a working partnership between the public and private sectors would be very important to push the development process forward through the strengthening of education. As for the company›s involvement in inJAz Bahrain, Mr. Jawahery expressed his pride and pleasure that GPIC is one of the companies supporting this noble cause, which is considered a milestone in Bahraini society and was formed according to a vision and desire


to channel expertise and energies to the most precious resource of the country: individual young Bahrainis who help to achieve the ambitious goals of the project. Mr. Jawahery praised the tireless efforts of volunteers and workers in this project, which has already achieved many aspirations and the desired objectives that will undoubtedly contribute to the future of the sons of this land. For her part, Her Highness Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa praised the board of the company under the chairmanship of H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa. She also praised the keenness of Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, for his continued support of inJAz Bahrain by providing volunteers from among the company›s employees, thus enabling inJAz Bahrain to achieve its objectives and programmes to serve Bahraini youth. It is worth mentioning that GPIC’s membership of inJAz Bahrain testifies to the role GPIC plays in the field of human development at various levels. Its president, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery is also chairman of the board of inJAz Bahrain. inJAz Bahrain is considered part of an international establishment, Junior Achievement, which works around the world and is present in more than 119 countries. Junior Achievement is a non-profit organisation supported by businesses and individuals. The board of directors of inJAz Bahrain is run by a select group of qualified CEOs who represent major institutions, corporations and individuals united by one goal: a dedication to achieving the mission of inJAz Bahrain, which is to «inspire and prepare Bahraini youth for success in the global economy. inJAz Bahrain offers a variety of Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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educational programmes covering many sectors of the economy. These training programmes are aimed at school students from primary to secondary school, as well as university students, in an effort to build a strong and prosperous country in light of the global economic system. inJAz Bahrain aims to educate young people about the value of work in life and introduce them to the work ethic, as well as develop practical and personal skills and prepare them for the labour market. They also seek to serve the local community through programmes that communicate directly with youth groups in the community. Since its establishment, inJAz Bahrain has managed to attract the attention of most companies and institutions in the Kingdom of Bahrain as partners in its work, as well as students. inJAz Bahrain, which was established thanks to the efforts and contributions of individual volunteers from various sectors of the economy, seeks to provide different experiences to equip

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young people and help them understand the economics of life, as it seeks with businessmen and people involved in education to provide different experiences and open new horizons for the students to discover their potential and skills. The principles of inJAz Bahrain include the following: • Provide workshops in the form of educational programmes with an interesting and practical range of topics, in order to prepare the students and develop their learning abilities and skills, familiarise them with the best methods of business, as well as enhance their awareness of the responsibilities of employees and the company towards its customers and society. • Bring about awareness in young people of the value of the Bahraini economy and acquiring the necessary skills to achieve success, appreciation of the role of work and pilot projects in order to create job opportunities

and prosperity. • Develop the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among young people so that they can contribute effectively to the economy. • Create a new generation of young people who are business-minded and represent a generation of qualified people whom companies are seeking to hire. • Provide an opportunity for businessmen and volunteers to take an active role in shaping a business culture committed to ambition and the willingness to establish future projects. • Work in partnership with volunteers to provide educational programmes that simulate the realistic nature of working lives. • Contribute effectively to each of the volunteers, teachers, financiers, supporters, businessmen and people involved in education. • Involve the private sector in the development process of the country and achieve meaningful


communication between this sector and Bahraini youth, who represent the future workforce. • Enhance the quality of education by linking it to the labour market. • Manage and develop inJAz Bahrain through the adoption of best practices applied in collaboration with the International Junior Achievement Organisation and the rest of the Member States. inJAz Bahrain has always been keen to provide opportunities for businessmen to engage in educational programmes as volunteers, members of the Board of Directors, or work to expand the scope of the programmes through the provision of support. These programmes are designed to invite experienced businessmen to provide their expertise directly through the educational process, so that public and private schools may adopt this experience into their curricula. The programmes also focus on the importance of market economies and highlight the role of firms and entrepreneurship in the economy, as well as placing the utmost importance on linking the educational system to the labour market, strengthening the role of finance in the personal life of the individual, developing skills necessary for success in work, showing the effect of economics on the future of young people and emphasising the importance of the private sector›s commitment to social, environmental and ethical issues. Programs offered by inJAz Bahrain include the following:

Business Ethics

This programme focuses on the concepts and basic skills used in the field of ethics in the business world, where students

study hypothetical situations and hold discussions based on the assumption that they are employees of the company who face a number of ethical dilemmas. As part of the group, students meet with students from other countries in the world via e-mail and a special site on the Internet, in order to share and discuss the concepts and skills gained from the programme.

Company

This programme is based on the students setting up and managing their own company, so that students elect a board of directors from among their colleagues, raise capital, and market and finance their products or services. At the conclusion of the programme, the company is liquidated and a report of accounts is submitted. Through this experience, students gain experience from the real world, take responsibility, and are credible to their shareholders.

Market Tour

This programme helps students understand the basic properties of the world economy system and the role of the business sector, whereby students learn the important steps in the process of organising any area of work and work in the production and marketing of the product; it also aims to acquaint students with private institutions and the private sector›s role in society with regard to the economy and corporate social responsibility.

Success Skills

This programme focuses on developing students’ skills in communication with others and belief in the importance of teamwork and the positive impact this has on the people around them; the programme also deals with how students choose a future profession, writing a resumé, job retention, disposition during job interviews, and preparing a

personal documents file.

Learn to Earn

This programme helps students discover the concept of success and independence at work and the importance of education to prepare them for the future; students also learn to recognise the relationship between education and personal goals as they prepare budgets and explore various professions.

Banks in Action

In this programme students observe the principles of banking operations, learn the most important concepts of how banks work and identify the advantages of banking products and services so that they can, as customers, benefit from the best opportunities. This programme also showcases to students the challenges that may be encountered when running a bank in a competitive environment. It presents and gets them to evaluate professional opportunities available in banking operations, as well as encouraging them to work on becoming good citizens and smart customers. inJAz Bahrain programmes may be used to achieve the following benefits: How the economy works, principles of competition and daily work in the banking industry and the business sector. Develop leadership, communication, planning and teamwork skills. Develop awareness among students to know the needs of the labour market and develop the skills required in any field of work, such as how to write a resumé, interviewing and how to present themselves to others. Promote self-confidence and develop motivation and the right vision to guide their careers and future. Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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Dr. Adel Al Zayani Visits GPIC Environmental Projects On a visit aimed at discussing

the latest developments in the environment sector and technologies emerging in this regard, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, received at the company›s complex, His Excellency Dr. Adel Khalifa Al Zayani, Director General of the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment & Wildlife. Dr. Al Zayani was accompanied by a number of members of the General Directorate of Environment & Wildlife Protection. Mr. Jawahery praised the Public Commission for its efforts in maintaining the integrity of the Bahraini environment and wildlife conservation and supporting resources. The Commission operates under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Personal Representative of His Majesty the King. During the meeting, which was also attended by several members

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of the executive management of the company, a number of matters relating to environmental issues were discussed, including the application of new technologies which contribute to the preservation of the environment. Mr. Jawahery presented a five thousand dinar cheque as Silver Sponsorship of Bahrain›s first Green Technology competition and exhibition, which will be organised by the Public Commission in cooperation with

the company Pro-act, for the protection of marine resources, environment and wildlife, in the month of October at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre. H.E. Dr. Adel Khalifa Al Zayani gave a briefing about the exhibition, which will espouse an expansion in the use of environmentally friendly techniques in the fields of water, energy and waste. Dr. Al Zayani pointed out that the exhibition will work to develop a basic foundation for the protection of the environment and develop


uses of environmentally-friendly technology to assist in building towards the direction envisaged in the economic vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He noted GPIC as a key partner, viewing it as a model for companies in terms of preservation of the environment and one which sets an example, both locally and internationally, of how harmony between industry and the environment may be achieved. This was, he said, particularly evident in view of the company›s commitment to standards and regulations prior to the development of environmental laws. His Excellency praised the initiative of the company›s application of a delivery system to measure gases emitted from factories and run the data directly to the General Directorate, where, through this system which is unique in the Middle East, online analysis can be made at the same time of emission.

His Excellency and the accompanying delegation then toured the Academy of Leadership and Learning and were briefed on the academic and training programmes offered by the Academy for the development of both employees of the company and institutions from outside the company. The guests also toured the e-Learning Centre, where GPIC has adopted the latest techniques that rely on learning through the Internet. During their tour of the company›s plants, the guests were able to view an environmentally friendly project that is both pioneering and unique to the Arabian Gulf petrochemical industry, namely the Carbon Dioxide Recovery Unit (CDR Unit), which contributes to the preservation of the environment by reducing the amount of Carbon Dioxide emitted from the Methanol plant. A further contribution of this project is that production of Urea and Methanol are both increased without the consumption of any further energy. The guests

then toured the company›s environmental projects, which include the Princess Sabeeka Garden of aromatic plants, the charity Fish Farm, the Bird Sanctuary and the Olive Garden, where Dr. Adel Khalifa Al Zayani planted a palm tree on the occasion of his visit. Mr. Jawahery said that, since its inception, the company had been keen to care for the environment and had converted the company›s industrial complex into an oasis of environmental projects. The latest addition to its plant equipment, the CDR Unit, is an important demonstration of the company’s environmental awareness, in that it has environmental benefits in addition to boosting productivity. This project has contributed to the company›s efforts to highlight its great concern for the environment and is one of the first petrochemical companies in the Middle East to use this modern technology. Mr. Jawahery added that the company also supports many environmental

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events, conferences and exhibitions held in the Kingdom and is interested in shining a spotlight on the environment and the importance of maintaining it, praising the great role played by the General Directorate in protecting the environment and wildlife, and in raising awareness of the importance of preservation of the environment. For his part, H.E. Dr. Adel Khalifa Al Zayani expressed his sincere gratitude to the Board of Directors, chaired by H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs, for their generous support for Bahrain›s finest example of green technology. He stressed that GPIC was no stranger in this respect, as the company is well known for its strong presence in support of various environmental events that are organised in the Kingdom. He further praised what he and his accompanying delegation had seen in terms of unrivaled and varied environmental projects throughout the industrial complex, reflecting the company›s interest in clean industry. At the end of the visit the guests were taken to the GPIC Club where, after a short tour of the facility, a lunch was held in their honour. Dr. Al Zayani expressed his great appreciation for the hospitality that had been extended to them, wishing the company and all its members continuing success.

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GPIC signs an agreement for the supply of a new reactor for the ammonia plant In the context of the company›s

efforts to modernize and increase the reliability of the ammonia plant, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery the Company President, signed a contract for the design and supply of modern ammonia reactor unit with the Danish company Haldor Topsoe, which is the blue riband of companies in the field of engineering and the ammonia technology industry in addition to being the leading producer of catalysts for the industry. The agreement is part of the Company›s efforts to maintain and increase production rates according to the latest global technologies while still ensuring the highest

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degree of safety in operations. The accord also requires Haldor Topsoe to conduct a study of all aspects of the ammonia plant and its equipment to ensure its ability to accommodate the expected increase in production, estimated at about 30 metric tons per day and the installation of additional equipment if necessary.

It is worth mentioning that in 1985 the ammonia plant was run with a capacity of 1000 metric tons per day, which was increased to 1200 metric tons per day in 1989, adding some adjustments to the number of devices and basic equipment. With the passage of time and updates operations have been ongoing, allowing a progression to

Several new reactor operational benefits should be achieved, such as the high reliability of the reactor and a reduction in the energy consumed per ton of product from the operation of the new reactor under a pressure of less than 35 barG per unit, compared to the current reactor.

the current production level, which amounts to 1,300 metric tons per day. Maintaining this level of increase of production processes requires high-efficiency equipment with reliability, hence the signing of the agreement with Haldor Topsoe.


GPIC’s Carbon Dioxide Recovery Unit Best Qualitative Project at MEED 2011 In a lavish ceremony held at the

Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dubai, hosted by MEED (Middle East News, Data and Analysis) GPIC’s CDR Unit (Carbon Dioxide Recovery Unit) was declared the winner of the ‘MEED 2011 Award for Environmental Excellence’. The competition was held in order to choose the best from among all the quality projects built in the GCC during 2010 and was conducted in the presence of some 500 attendees, representing 80 companies from throughout the region. This recognition is the first of its kind hosted by the MEED Foundation, which specialises in analysis of economic development projects in the GCC and throughout the Arab world, in order to encourage industrial development in all areas and to promote investment opportunities in the Gulf Arab states. MEED paid particular attention to projects which contribute to the preservation of the environment by reducing the amount of gas emissions released from industrial converters. At GPIC there was a double benefit, in that the Methanol plant is also able to contribute to the benefits of this project by absorbing the Carbon Dioxide into its manufacturing process, allowing increased production without the need for extra energy to be added.

A committee representing various associations of engineers in the Gulf Cooperation Council was involved in the process of selection of companies nominated for the award. After extensive deliberations, the winning companies were selected to be awarded by MEED for having the highest quality projects in the GCC countries, including the petrochemical industry. The celebration was attended by Mr. Ahmed Nuruddin, GPIC General Manager Manufacturing, who received the award on behalf of the company. On this occasion, the Vice-Chairman of the Board, Mr. Yousef Abdulrahman Al Zamel dedicated the award to the shareholders of GPIC, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, as part of the meeting of the Board of Directors of the company and the General Assembly meeting held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The shareholders conveyed their sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of the executive management and all employees of the company for winning this distinguished award, which reflects the high levels of professionalism reached by the company. This approach helped to draw attention to the CDR Unit and the company’s excellent achievements at both regional and global levels. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, the

company President, expressed his happiness at this achievement, alluding to the importance of this project and its benefits for both the environment and productivity. Mr. Jawahery also highlighted the company›s great interest in all environmental aspects of production, stressing that the company is one of the first petrochemical companies in the Middle East to use this modern technology. He Jawahery added that such projects confirm the ability of the Bahraini national workforce to achieve various environmentally sound projects and provides evidence of the trust placed by the company in its workers. Their great professionalism and willingness to run future projects reiterates the company’s intention to realise its expansion plans as soon as possible. Mr. Jawahery explained that the project, costing US$ 55 million, was built in record time, within the planned 27 months and was implemented by the Italian company Tecnimont and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, in addition to the company›s own projects team. The plant extracts 450 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide per year, which is pumped directly to the manufacturing plants of Urea and Methanol, to increase their production by 30,000 metric tons per year and 44,000 metric tons per year, respectively, or 80 metric tons per day and 120 metric tons per day, respectively. As a result of the fact that gas feedstock to this new project is a secondary product - gas from the combustion process in the manufacture of Methanol - it does not place any additional requirements on the overall amount of natural gas consumed at the complex. The project was inaugurated under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial & Oil Affairs and Chairman of GPIC, on December 24, 2009.

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GPIC Embarks on e-Procurement Project As

part of its continuous enhancement of business processes and performance, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) embarked on a leading project, which is e-Procurement. e-Procurement is a term used to refer to electronic purchasing and in general it is defined as “the purchase and sale of goods and services through the Internet as well as other information and networking systems”. GPIC’s President Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery explained that e-Procurement is either Business-to-Business (B2B) or Business-to-Consumer (B2C). He added that e-Procurement transactions are processed through network systems such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), adding that the below chart shows the growth in B2B transactions in the GCC countries. e-Procurement evolves into many forms of electronic business transactions such as e-sourcing, e-tendering, e-reverse auctioning, e-informing, and e-markets. The Purchasing Cards (P-Card) are charge cards which may be used to purchase goods and services allocated to individual departments electronically and are suitable for low value, non-critical purchases. P-Cards allow companies to have control over value restrictions on commodities to be purchased and to reduce processing costs, since single monthly invoices can be used. Mr. Jawahery confirmed that GPIC’s recent embracement of this ambitious project is part of the company’s culture to further improve its processes, and to offer suppliers all over the world a fair and a transparent media for business. The project aims to enable GPIC to transact with its vendors electronically for the purpose of purchase of materials and services, and gradually phase out the current conventional system which depends on manual transactions and faxes. This is to ensure swifter, more economical and cost effective purchasing systems for the company. The scope of the projects comprises the following stages: Stage 1 Short Term: e-tendering, which is the electronic processing of Request for Quotations (RFQ) and Purchase Orders placement (PO) through a Goods Received Note (GRN) on delivery of goods or services. Stage 2 Mid-Term Option: e-invoicing, which is the electronic receiving of goods and payments on-line. The use of Purchasing Cards will also be considered at this stage. Stage 3 Long-Term Option: an e-marketplace in the

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Kingdom of Bahrain, which GPIC has also taken part in for a larger scale project initiated by Tamkeen that is currently under study. Consideration has also been taken to develop a portal for e-Procurement for GPIC in the long term. In order to proceed with the e-Procurement project, a team from various departments in GPIC was formed to propose a suitable robust system that meets the current requirements of the purchasing system and is integrated with GPIC’s Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, SAP. The team has conducted market surveys and made visits to local and regional industrial companies like BAPCO, ASRY and SABIC to gain from their experience in implementing such systems. Mr. Jawahery added that, in line with GPIC’s policies to extend the cooperation with local companies, Bahrain Trada Net (BTN) Company was selected by the project team to study the requirements of GPIC e-Procurement and develop a business model that meets those requirements. BTN proposed an electronic system architecture which needs no major modifications to the existing GPIC ERP structure, neither from the hardware nor the software side. As well as it being a very simple and basic web based communication, it maintains the strict confidentiality requirements of a modern e-business transaction system on an international level at the same time. Accordingly, GPIC signed the agreement with BTN to develop the eProcurement system and carry out all the integration requirements with SAP. In parallel, GPIC has embarked on a campaign to involve local vendors in the project through many presentations, educational visits and training workshops.

There are many benefits foreseen by implementing the e-Procurement system in GPIC: * Direct cost saving through enhancing competency: better prices could be attained when approaching a bigger number of suppliers. Studies show that a saving of up to 80% can be achieved through systems such as e-auctioning due to the highly competitive environment of the system. * Indirect cost saving due to electronic transmission: studies show that 20% cost saving can be achieved due to reduced costs in paper, faxes, time and other manual hardware machines costs. * Enhancing productivity: more efficient and faster internal processing. * A high level of transparency and confidentiality.


GPIC Sponsors the13th international conference & seminars and the 2nd infrastructure middle east 2011 As part of its policy of supporting

civil society organisations and to effectively enhance community awareness, GPIC has provided its sponsorship to the Project Management Institute (PMI) Arabian Gulf Chapter. The sponsorship comes as a contribution from the company to the convention of the 13th International Conference of the Institute held under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister during the period from 24 to 26 January, 2011. On this occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President said GPIC has supported the efforts designed to enhance the community groups’ awareness in specialised fields, including the provision of a platform for specialists in project management in the Kingdom to promote communication, exchanges of views and expertise and discussing the latest huge projects and major challenges faced. In this context, he praised the goodwill and positive efforts and contributions made by PMI members for boosting the efficiency of professionals involved in project management and countering the new challenges for achieving growth in the Kingdom as well as the Gulf region. He added the Gulf region is presently witnessing a period of new global challenges as the current growth in all industries and sectors in the region brings along enormous opportunities to the citizens, which could create many significant

investments both locally and globally. Mr. Abdul Majeed Al Qassab, PMI President expressed his thanks to H.E. SHaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to H.R.H. the Prime Minister for Industry and Oil Affairs and GPIC Chairman for this generous sponsorship. He added that project management has become one of the key areas of expertise in the Gulf States in view of the pioneering development initiatives that are currently being implemented. The 13th International Conference is organised as part of efforts to help PMI members and project professionals to achieve the best value with regard to education, training models and issue of professional certificates for various disciplines that cover oil, gas, engineering, purchasing, construction, IT, power generation, transmission and distribution to the private and public sectors. The 13th International Conference enjoyed a large attendance level by engineers, planners, academics, managers, executives, experts and professionals in project management from the Gulf States and other countries of the world. GPIC also provided Gold sponsorship to the Second Middle East Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition organised by the Bahrain Society of Engineers in co-operation with the Ministry of Works and European Institute

for Information and Technology Transfer during the period from 17-19 January. Mr. Al Qassab, who is also President of the Bahrain Society of Engineers, said the Middle East Infrastructure Conference 2011 was a very significant event that came after a period of recession which gave the hope that there would be a period of renewed economic recovery and activity. He added that the Conference sought to take advantage of the success of the previous conferences to expand its scope under the new umbrella of the Middle East Infrastructure Conference that included three key areas: infrastructure facilities, water, and traffic and transportation. He expressed his thanks to GPIC for sponsoring this important event. The Conference represented a basic platform for government representatives, private sector developers, investors, and financiers in addition to key industry experts who got together to discuss and to reach solutions for the problems faced by the development of the region’s infrastructure. Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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GPIC Supports Bahrain Mobility International

Under the directives of H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and GPIC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, presented a financial donation to Bahrain Mobility International (BMI) on the company’s behalf, as a contribution to BMI’s different activities and events. The contribution was made as part of GPIC’s annual charity plans for supporting local societies and charities in the Kingdom. Within this framework, Mr. Jawahery praised the exceptional and excellent role played by BMI to the Bahraini community in general and handicapped children in particular, through integrating them into the community and enabling them to play an active role by overcoming their disabilities and getting involved in the community’s development. Mrs. Munira bin Hindi, BMI Chairwoman, expressed her sincere thanks and appreciation to H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa and the company’s executive management for their generous and continued support. She praised GPIC’s active role in supporting different charitable and humanitarian organisations in the Kingdom. Concluding, she expressed her best wishes to GPIC and its officials, wishing them further success and progress.

GPIC Supports Hoora & Gudaibiya Charity Fund Under the directives of H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to HRH the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and GPIC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, presented a donation to Hoora & Gudaibiya Charity Fund as a contribution from the company to support the activities and events organised by the Fund. The move is part of the company’s policy of providing financial support and aid to local charities and professional organisations in the Kingdom.

On this occasion, MP Adel Al Asoomi, Chairman of the Hoora & Gudaibiya Charity Fund Board of Trustees, expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa and to the executive management for this generous contribution, and said that this kind of support is not surprising from GPIC, which never fails to support civil society organisations. He explained that this donation would be used to support the fund’s programmes and future plans. He gave further praise to GPIC’s prudent management in forging the company as an example to be followed in supporting the programmes and activities of local charities and funds, in addition to being a model example of joint Gulf co-operation. He wished the company and its officials further success and growth. Mr. Jawahery praised the effective role played by Hoora & Gudaibiya Charity Fund in supporting local citizens and implementing programmes and activities on various levels, and in seeking to develop the skills and capabilities of youngsters in the area of Manama through courses and workshops organised by the fund on various occasions. Mr. Jawahery added that the support offered by GPIC stems from the company’s awareness of the importance of community partnerships between the private sector and the Bahraini community. He stressed that the company would continue to fulfill its obligations to the Bahraini community. He wished the fund further success in undertaking its humanitarian duties and activities.

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GPIC Hosts Dr. Abdulrahman Fakhro On the occasion of International

Women›s Day, Dr. Abdulrahman Fakhro, President of the Bahrain Cancer Society, gave a lecture on the importance of early screening for breast cancer, organised by the Health Committee at GPIC. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, the company President, conveyed his sincere thanks to the Chairman of the Health Committee and its members, as well as members of the GPIC Ladies Working Committee, for organising such a lecture. Dr. Fakhro highlighted the importance of early screening to enable the early detection and treatment of diseases, which could otherwise constitute a major threat to the lives of people. Early screening works to save the lives of many patients and facilitates appropriate treatment.

Mr. Jawahery also thanked Dr. Abdulrahman Fakhro for providing employees with such an informative lecture and praised the great value of his notable contributions in spreading awareness through the programmes and activities of the Bahrain Cancer Society. On behalf of all the company employees, Mrs. Najat Sharif, Chairperson of the Ladies Working Committee, thanked the executive management of the company, headed by company president Abdulrahman Jawahery, for their concern and interest in Bahraini women working in the company, and their observance and awareness in relation to all issues, whether professional or health-related, and their interest in providing equal opportunities

in all programmes and activities. The Health Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Mohamed Salem Gabriel, has organised many awareness lectures covering various areas of health, in addition to the establishment of different activities, such as several events the Health Committee organised in cooperation with other committees within the company on World Health Day. To help educate the GPIC community, the Health Committee has established many campaigns for blood donation, in addition to participating in the Marathon Relay held in the Kingdom, as well as hosting many specialists and nutrition consultants, all in addition to the organisation of special sessions for staff members to be trained in First Aid. Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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GPIC Supports Genetic Blood Diseases Society Mr. Abdulla Hasan Saif received at his office a team of GPIC officials led by Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President who confirmed that this contribution was part of the company’s policy to give its backing to local charities and organisations that provide voluntary services to the citizens.

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Mr. Jawahery added the company’s Board led by H.E. Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to H.R.H. the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and GPIC Chairman are always keen to allocate an annual budget to support local societies, clubs and organisations to enable them to play their role in serving the community. He praised the significant role played by the Society in promoting awareness of genetic blood disease among

the citizens and to look after patients. Meanwhile, H.E. Mr. Abdulla Hasan Saif thanked the company for this significant support and said this was a customary contribution by GPIC, which went a long way towards implementing the Society’s plans and improving its services. He called upon other companies to follow the good example of GPIC by supporting civil society organisations. The Genetic Blood Diseases Society was set up in 1991 with the aim of furthering awareness among citizens with regard to common genetic blood diseases and to provide care for patients in co-operation with the Health Ministry.


GPIC Provides Support to Al Areen Wildlife Park His

Excellency Dr. Ismael Mohammad Al Madani, Vice President of the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment & Wildlife recently received a delegation from GPIC, led by Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of the company. During the meeting, Mr. Jawahery conveyed the greetings of His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali al-Khalifa, Adviser to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial & Oil Affairs and Chairman of the GPIC Board. Mr. Jawahery then presented a generous donation of financial contribution on behalf of GPIC in support of protected species, to assist Al Areen Wildlife Park in its efforts to preserve the diversity of animal and plant life in the Kingdom. After the meeting, Dr. Ismail

escorted the GPIC delegation on a field tour, which included the protective facilities, and briefed the delegation on the variety of protected native animals and rare birds. The diversity of plant life was also admired. At the end of the tour, Mr. Jawahery expressed his sincere thanks to His Excellency Dr. Al Madani, praising his efforts and those of all the employees of the park for their role in making the facility an educational centre for wildlife, to serve schools and universities in both research and education. For his part, Dr. Ismail offered his deep thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa for the generous support for the wildlife park provided by the company, stressing that this gesture was typical of GPIC, which is famous for its support of various associations and civil institutions

within Bahraini society. Al Areen Wildlife Park was opened in 1976 and has played a significant role in the process of caring for many wild animals and rare birds, and in the preservation of regional vegetation as well as the protection of local plants and herbs. The wildlife park covers an area of eight square kilometers, divided into two main sections. It also features two areas for breeding aquatic fowl that then live on the lakes, where they enjoy freedom of movement and flight within the park.The lakes are characterised by the presence of protected salt-tolerant plants, two varieties being cane and the tamarisk plant. Also present are other aquatic plants along with a shelter for resident and migratory birds to rest in during their journey from Europe to Africa.

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GPIC Sponsors Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Cardiac Centre Mr.

Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, visited the Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Cardiac Centre and was received by Dr. Fouad Abdul Qadir, Deputy Director of the Centre. During the visit, Mr. Jawahery extended the greetings of His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and the company›s Chairman, noting the importance of the centre’s role in the service of Bahraini society. A cheque for BD 10,000 was presented by GPIC in support of their hard work. Mr. Jawahery also praised the distinct specialised medical support provided by the centre and its good

reputation in the service of patients. He expressed his admiration for the achievements of the centre in their ways of treating heart disease in Bahrain and he hoped that the company’s contribution would further support these programmes and activities. Dr. Fouad Abdul Qadir, Deputy Director of the Centre, expressed his thanks and appreciation to H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa on this

generous donation. He noted the achievements of the company and its unique position towards Bahraini society, wishing that businesses and other institutions follow the example set by Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company. The meeting was attended by a number of GPIC officials and the heart specialist Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

In recognition of his faithful service, GPIC honours Ali Al Rumaihi As

the scope of his job.

During the ceremony, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, the Company President, commended Mr. Rumaihi for his efforts since joining the company. Mr. Rumaihi has earned the admiration of everyone for his outstanding hard work and commitment to all security regulations, his discipline and his sincere application of all requirements within and beyond

For his part, Mr. Ali AlRumaihi offered his sincere gratitude to the executive management team, led

a part of the Company’s continuous efforts to encourage employees who have shown excellence in the performance of their work, GPIC recently honoured Mr. Ali Rumaihi from the Health, Safety and Environment Department, in return for his great dedication and devotion in the performance of his duties.

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Mr. Jawahery also expressed his deep pride in all the Company’s employees, who distinguish themselves daily in all functions assigned to them in the various business sectors of the Company. Mr. Jawahery said that GPIC attaches great importance to all its human resources, who are considered the real wealth of the Company and the base of its successes. In conclusion, Mr. Jawahery emphasised that the Company will continue to enroll staff in the many training courses held both within and outside the Company. by Mr. Jawahery, for the attention and encouragement accorded to all employees.


GPIC Supports Muharraq Social Centre

On the morning of Sunday 24

April in the presence of a number of other company officials, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of GPIC, received Mr. Walid AlZamil, Chairman of the Muharraq Social Centre. Mr. Jawahery began by welcoming Mr. Al-Zamil and praised the care and outstanding service provided by the Muharraq Social Centre for the elderly, through which the centre has gained such a good reputation in the Kingdom. During the meeting, Mr. Jawahery provided a cheque for BD 4,000 to support the voluntary programmes and activities of the centre. This donation comes as a part of the company›s drive for social responsibility, which is treated with the same importance as other responsibilities of the company, stressing the company›s commitment to continue to provide all forms of support to all humanitarian organisations and charities in Bahrain. Mr. Jawahery expressed his hope that this support will contribute to the development of programmes and activities at the Centre, which has contributed much to this country and deserves our full support. Mr. Walid Al-Zamil expressed his deep gratitude to His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and Chairman of GPIC on this generous donation, noting the significant and impressive role that the company plays in the social arena. He commented that the company’s good name is omnipresent in various forums and social events, because

of its role in providing support for associations, clubs and those who provide care for others in the Kingdom. Mr. Zamil also confirmed that this generous donation will be utilised in providing more quality services for the Centre, while inviting all institutions and private sector companies to assist in contributing support to voluntary service centres in the Kingdom. It is worth mentioning that the Muharraq Social Centre provides specialist care and psychological and social health care, living quarters and recreational services for the elderly of both sexes, in addition to providing care, rehabilitation and treatment for the elderly in their own place of residence.

The centre offers various types of care including the permanent care of the elderly who have no one to look after them, or whose family circumstances cannot provide for them at their place of permanent residence. Where there is intermittent care provided, a cosponsorship of such care is established between the Centre and the family in order to ease the burden on the family. The Centre also offers temporary residential care for limited time spans of a month or more, should unforeseen circumstances occur within a family. Other services made available to the elderly include the provision of specialists in various fields of care and home visits to elderly people to identify their needs.

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GPIC Honours Retirees in the Maintenance Department In a ceremony which embodied the company’s concern to care for all employees, both during and after their employment, GPIC honoured three of its retirees who had served in the Maintenance Department. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, the company President, honoured the three employees, Mr. Abdullah Al Thani, Mr. Ali Shoukry and Mr. Abdullah Al Khalifa, at a ceremony attended by several members of the executive management team and senior company officials. Mr. Jawahery commended the kind initiative of the former employees, who had offered assistance in training new maintenance personnel, passing on the benefits of their experience in this area, hard-earned over their long years with the company. He praised their efforts, including the training of new staff and supervision during the shutdown of the Urea plant, which greatly enriched the perceptions and experience of the new personnel and equipped them to be able to face challenges in their own careers. Mr. Jawahery also observed that the keenness of these retirees to provide assistance to new staff reflected their personal sense of patriotism and loyalty to the company. GPIC noted that they had performed their services with enthusiasm and keenness, with the company’s interests at heart. The President also expressed great pride in the company’s employees who show, day after day, distinction in all functions assigned to them in the various business sectors of the company, stressing at the same time the ability of the Bahraini employees to accomplish much

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when they are given confidence and provided with an appropriate working environment. He stressed in this context that GPIC attaches great importance to the personnel of the company who are surely the real wealth and the basis of the company’s successes. Mr. Jawahery also commended the staff of the Maintenance Department who doubled their efforts during the turnaround period in the Urea plant. This meant that the company needed to bring in labour from abroad, but Mr. Jawahery noted in this context the team spirit enjoyed by company employees in all departments and divisions, and their utter professionalism at all times, in all circumstances. Recent events have proven, in particular, their sense of national duty and their commitment to work as their top priority, which reflects their loyalty and affiliation to the company. For their part, the Honorees expressed their sincere gratitude to the management of the company, first and foremost to Mr. Jawahery himself. They very much appreciated the honour accorded to them and expressed thanks that this was indeed the true nature of the company and its officials. Throughout the duration of their service the company had shown great care and attention to them and to honour them today was yet another gesture reflecting this concern. They affirmed that they will always remain at the disposal of the company and management, and that they are always ready to

offer their services at any time, as their association and loyalty to the company have no limits.


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In Recognition of their Outstanding Efforts, GPIC Holds a Ceremony to Honour Outstanding Workers Under the patronage of H.E.

Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, and in the presence of His Excellency Anwar Saeed ben Salamah, Managing Director, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President, members of the executive management and the Chairman and members of the Labour Union, GPIC held a special celebration to honour hard-working employees of the company on the morning of Wednesday 27 April 2011. At the beginning of the ceremony, Mr. Jawahery delivered a speech in which he said that honouring distinguished employees is part of the company’s recognition of the efforts that have been made by them during the past

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few months. He expressed his happiness at the high levels of competence reached by Bahraini employees, who had demonstrated the capabilities and qualifications required to contribute to boosting the excellence of the company in all areas. In providing some practical tips to the employees, Mr. Jawahery encouraged them to further excel, in particular by acquiring as much technical expertise as possible in order to achieve even greater accomplishments.

Mr. Jawahery also noted the efforts of His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa and the members of the Board of Directors with regard to providing the working environment appropriate to provide all the conditions that have contributed to strengthening team spirit among

the employees of the company. He continued in his speech by saying that everything provided by the company’s management to its employees has been repaid by the many achievements and local and international awards that the company has won. These accolades have highlighted the company on a global scale and made it a unique name in the international petrochemical industry. The workers themselves have been able to achieve not only professional distinctions, but also in other areas such as sports and public speaking. In all areas the company’s employees had again and again demonstrated their excellence and creativity. For their part, those honoured gave sincere thanks to His Excellency the Managing Director and to the President. They very much appreciate that


the company and its officials have devoted all due care and attention to the employees’ wellbeing and that to honour them today was yet another gesture reflecting this concern. They added that their unlimited loyalty means that they remain always at the disposal of the company and its management, ready to offer their services at any time. At the end of the ceremony, His Excellency the Managing Director visited the Main Control Room and was briefed on the technical and operational aspects of the complex, in addition to production and export. There was a pleasant exchange of views with staff on a number of issues of concern to workers, in addition to the set of circumstances and challenges faced by workers and the company during the exceptional recent situation in the Kingdom.

His Excellency the Managing Director also praised the position expressed by members of the Labour Union of the company during the period of crisis. He noted their courageous position and professional commitment during this period of special circumstances and all the serious challenges it presented. He expressed his thanks for their spirit of responsibility and concern for the continuation of work and attendance to duty at the company, which had a beneficial effect on the continuation of production processes in all the company’s plants.

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GPIC honours an outstanding trainee Employees

are one of the main pillars for the development and continuation of the work of institutions and companies at a time when many variables will be imposed on institutions to take all necessary measures to develop appropriate plans and the creation of specialists to ensure success, including the that of manpower involved. In this context, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, honoured Mr. Mohamed Bukhamal, marketing officer trainee at the Company for his excellence and discipline in a session set up by Tamkeen in collaboration with the Foundation ÂŤKPMGÂť. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery was pleased with the spirit and discipline of Mohammed Bukhamal, in particular his perseverance during this session. The President also noted his uniqueness in terms of attendance and at his level of academic achievement.

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This is demonstrated in his distinguished adherence to safety procedures and policies pursued by the company regarding the training of national employees. Mr. Bukhamal well also represents the effective use of criteria within the Company, to ensure that applicants for the different sections of the company are selected only from among the most appropriate and most efficient.

keenness to encourage everyone to persevere and to contribute to the development of the Company to achieve further gains and successes, saying that he personally had benefitted a lot from this specialized session, He expressed his strong desire to seize more training opportunities as they come along and to take advantage of them to develop himself at a professional level.

Mr. Jawahery also commended the company›s highly competitive spirit as displayed by Company employees who participate in different training courses, and their desire to achieve maximum benefit from the training opportunities offered by their Company to hone their different specialties.

The session had focused on the supply chain management system which aims to train a generation of employees qualified in the supply system and its effective role in all stages from production to delivery of materials to their final destination.

For his part, Mohamed Bukhamal thanked the Company President for his interest and continuing guidance, to him and his fellow employees of the Company and expressed his

This session is one of a series of specialized and advanced courses, which enjoy international recognition as they give successful participants a certificate accredited by the Institute of Purchasing and Materials in the UK.


Lecture on Early Tests and Detection Marking

the International Women’s Day, the GPIC Health Committee organised a lecture by Dr. Abdul Rahman Fakhro, Bahrain Cancer Society Chairman about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The lecture was delivered on Tuesday 9 March marking the International Women’s Day, which is usually observed on 8 March each year. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President thanked the Chairman and members of the GPIC Health Committee for organising this lecture that promotes awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection.

Mrs. Najat Sharif, Chairperson of GPIC’s Ladies Working Committee expressed on behalf of the company’s female employees thanks to the company President Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery for their care and concern with Bahraini working women and furthering their awareness of various issues, whether professional or health related in addition to providing equal opportunities to women in all programmes and activities.

The company’s Health Committee chaired by Dr. Mohamed Salem Jibril usually holds numerous health awareness lectures covering various health questions and issues in addition to other related activities. The Committee also held a number of health related campaigns in addition to participating in marathon events designed to promote health awareness in the society.

He also thanked Dr. Fakhro for delivering this valuable lecture and praised his significant contributions to promoting awareness through the Society’s programmes and events that served various groups in the local community.

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GPIC Honours Field Training Students

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between the Ministry of Education and GPIC, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President honoured a group of students from Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa Secondary Boys School for having joined the company’s field training programme. Mr. Jawahery familiarised himself with a number of the projects designed and implemented by the students who completed the required practical training. The students Ahmed Hasan and Abdulla Khalid, under the supervision of the GPIC Electrical Technician Ali Al Sayed, gave a briefing on the working of the equipment that they had invented for warning against thefts using the principle of electrical current detection. Another

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Mohamed, who trained under the supervision of Electrical Technician Ghassan Abdulla explained the outlines of his project for utilisation of solar power to generate energy to be used for lighting. The project will limit pollution arising from power generation by conventional methods. The third project produced by Salman Hasan under the supervision of Electricity Technician Jassim Haji provides a creative method for protection of electrical engines. Following a review of the projects, the GPIC President praised the students’ efforts and expressed admiration on the level of inventiveness and creativity that characterised the work of these young people. He explained that GPIC provides a fertile ground for nurturing young talents and creative ideas and it will spare

no effort to train and care for the young students, who are the real wealth and future of this country. The students expressed their thanks to the GPIC President for giving them the opportunity to implement their creative ideas. They also expressed their gratitude to the members of the Electrical Section at GPIC for their help and co-operation. It should be noted that GPIC supports all projects that contribute towards providing the country with skills and expertise needed by the country to continue its growth and prosperity within the framework of the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.


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GPIC Sponsors Students’ Training Programme GPIC

has played host to a number of school boys and girls who joined the Field Training Programme (Takween) for students of higher technical and occupational education. This comes as part of the ongoing cooperation between GPIC and the Bahrain Ministry of Education.

and centre of development in the Kingdom.

Mr. Jawahery also praised the effective efforts and unlimited initiatives of H.E. Dr. Majid Al Noaimi, Minister of Education for development of education in the Kingdom of Bahrain through the upgrading and A special training programme has modernisation of educational been designed for the students programmes. to meet the field training requirements. The students were The Education Ministry has trained at the IT and Knowledge recently introduced educational Department, Human Resources programmes that contribute Department, Academy of to providing opportunities for Leadership and Learning and young people to learn about the Maintenance Department, under concepts and ideas related to the the supervision of qualified staff job market requirements. In addition, the GPIC Academy of members. Leadership and Learning adopts Upon meeting with the students, intensive programmes covering Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, a wide range of disciplines and GPIC President said such co- all technical and engineering operation reflected the keen jobs in addition to other interest of the company’s programmes such as reporting, communication, management to provide all kinds effective work and time management, of support to develop Bahraini citizens, who are the main focus principles and concepts of total

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quality, community service, care for the environment, meeting management and emotional intelligence. The E-Learning Centre launched in February 2007 under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdul Husain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Energy and Chairman of the National Oil and Gas Authority is considered as a unique initiative of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain for using the Expert Learning solutions to provide flexible learning and enhancement of behavioural and scientific knowledge skills among the employees and trainees. All these GPIC initiatives reaffirm the company’s care for its human resources who are the cornerstones of its growth and development. GPIC has a unique advantage of enjoying 100% level of Bahrainisation in the key positions of the company.


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GPIC Launches New Training Programme GPIC

has announced the launch of a new version of its training programme designed to develop and qualify Bahraini youngsters in a wide range of disciplines. During the launch of the Programme called SMART, Mr. Yousuf Fakhro, Human Resources Manager, made a detailed presentation of the new training programme which will enhance the available training schemes and increase the number of practical training hours. During the presentation, he said the training programmes have been reduced to become 42 months instead of 60 months for trainee

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engineers and 18 months instead of 24 months for operators and technicians. On this occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President said that the management is keen on providing all kinds of support to further develop Bahraini citizens in all areas. He emphasized that human resources are considered as the Company’s most successful and effective investments, hence the Company decided to reduce duration of the trainees’ training programme and still ensure that the programme would cover all the training requirements.

Mr. Jawahery added that the Company supports all programmes that contribute to providing the skills and expertise needed by the country for achieving further growth and enhancing its effective contribution to the international community in application of the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030. GPIC’s initiatives underline the Company’s concern with its human resources who are the main highlight of its progress, as the organization takes pride in having 100% Bahrainisation in all executive management jobs and senior positions within the Company.


GPIC Plays host to Bapco Chemists On Monday 14th February 2011, the GPIC Laboratory played host to a group of Bapco chemists and technicians to familarise them with chemical analysis technologies in petrochemicals and fertilizers. The visit was part of the continuous joint co-operation among major industrial companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The visitors seized the opportunity to learn about the methods of analyzing petrochemicals and fertilizers related to methanol, ammonia and urea, which are produced by GPIC. During the visit, the chemists toured the GPIC environmental projects that include the Bird Sanctuary, the HRH Princess Sabika bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa Perfumed Plants Garden and the Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Olive Tree Oasis. This last project was launched during the visit of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to the GPIC Complex on 5th February, 2011. The visitors also inspected the CO2 Recovery Project which recycles carbon dioxide to enhance the manufacture of urea and methanol. GPIC is a joint stock company established by the Government of Bahrain, Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. Its first project was the construction of a petrochemical complex in Sitra on Bahrain’s northern coast which was launched on 3rd March, 1998. GPIC exports all its products of ammonia, methanol and urea to world markets while a small proportion of the urea output is marketed locally. At the end of their visit, the Bapco chemists expressed their satisfaction at the advanced facilities available in the Company and thanked the management and staff for their warm welcome and hospitality. Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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Thursday 7th April 2011, GPIC held a book fair at its Complex with the aim of promoting culture among its staff members. The General Manager, Manufacturing, Mr. Ahmed Nuruddin, deputized for Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, for the opening of the Book Fair in the presence of other executive management members. The opening was also attended by a number of the Company’s employees who seized the opportunity to buy some of the books on display. The GPIC Book Fair offered a wide range of scientific and literary publications including some books whose authors were sponsored by GPIC, with the aim of promoting culture and knowledge. On this occasion, Mr.

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Abdulrahman Jawahery praised the Book Fair concept, which will undoubtedly contribute to boosting cultural awareness and help diversify sources of knowledge among Company employees and their families. He reiterated that the Company sought to promote culture through the publication of such valuable books. For their part, GPIC employees expressed their admiration of

the Book Fair concept and said that such cultural events would give a boost to the dissemination of knowledge and provide an opportunity for them to enjoy reading.

The Company usually distributes more than 1,000 books to its employees, who enjoy the benefits of reading and learning from the wide range of topics dealt with in these books.


Public Speaking Competition Organised by GPIC Club At

a highly competitive event attended by more than 60 people at the GPIC Club premises, the GPIC Toastmasters Club organized a public speaking competition for its Club members. At an event which continued for more than 3 hours, the Club organized another competition for the evaluation of speakers in English. Taking part in the competition were 12 Club members. The event was wellorganised and highlighted the high level of efficiency and good preparation of the contestants. The winners in the two events were Hisham Riyadh in the most amusing speech category and Mohamed Al Maskati who won first place in the public speakers competition.

In a statement on this occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said he was highly impressed by the remarkable level achieved by the GPIC Toastmasters Club, which is operating to international standards. He paid tribute to the continuous efforts made by the Club members. In this context, he noted the recent visit to the Company by a delegation from the International Toastmasters Organisation led by Mr. Daniel Rex, Executive Director, Mr. Theo Black, International Affairs Director and a number of senior organisation members.

International Organisation in the region.

Mr. Jawahery added that GPIC was the only company visited by the Toastmasters International’s delegation during their visit to Bahrain. Mr. Rex expressed his strong admiration for the continuous support given by GPIC to the Toastmasters

The GPIC Toastmasters Club was set up in early 2008 and is the only club in Bahrain that holds its meetings in both Arabic and English.

Through the Toastmasters Club, GPIC has recently organised a number of toastmasters workshops and training courses for a number of civil society organizations with the involvement of Club members. In association with the Education Ministry’s Student Activities Directorate, the Club has launched a number of similar workshops in Bahrain boys and girls schools as well as at university colleges.

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GPIC honours Toastmaster Mr. Ali Al Raies on being awarded his Certificate of Advanced Speaker On

Thursday morning, GPIC President Abdulrahman Jawahery honoured company employee Mr. Ali Al Raies, Toastmaster. This celebration underlines GPIC’s continuous development of its employees, to equip them with the effective communication tools they need in order to enhance their personal and leadership qualities. This honour was bestowed on the occasion of Ali Al Raies being certified as a Skilled Team Leader of the Organisation of World Toastmasters. He is the first Bahraini to obtain this certificate in the Arab world and adds this achievement to his previous accomplishment in being awarded the Khatib Advanced Certificate in the field of public speaking in Arabic. In his speech during the ceremony, Mr. Jawahery expressed his deep pride in company employees who have shown distinction in various fields and therefore raised the profile of the company in different forums. Within the GPIC Toastmasters Club itself, such accomplishments have characterised many of its members, led by Mr. Al Raies. His being honoured today with a Skilled Team Leader certificate from the Organisation of the World Toastmasters, stresses the attention that GPIC pays to the human element as one of the many barometers of the success achieved by the company. Mr. Jawahery also highlighted that the company is proud that one of its staff has received this title as ambassador of the Arab Toastmasters Clubs. In this regard,

Mr. Jawahery praised the special efforts made by His Excellency the Minister of Education Dr.Majed Al Nuaimi, who had recently honoured other members of the GPIC Toastmasters Club. Mr. Jawahery also discussed the active role played by Toastmasters Clubs in the refinement of personal skills and skills of effective communication, in addition to skills of motivation and persuasion, as well as increased self-confidence. He stressed that the company is working to create the most conducive conditions for Toastmasters Club members to continue in the performance of their role as leaders in society as a whole, helping to distinguish these members and their acquisition of expertise in this area. Mr. Ali Al Raies expressed his sincere gratitude to the Board of Directors, chaired by H.E. Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa and members of the executive management, led by Mr. Jawahery, for providing all facilities for the Toastmasters Club and for extending their full support for all activities of the Club. The GPIC Toastmasters Club is very keen to cooperate with the Department of Student Activities at the Ministry of Education, in addition to its cooperation with several government ministries and public associations, in the dissemination of the art of public speaking and leadership among employees. We note that GPIC recently hosted the Executive

Chairman of the International Organisation of Toastmasters, who visited Bahrain recently on his first tour of the Middle East. Upon meeting Mr. Jawahery, the Chairman extended his thanks for the company›s ongoing local, regional and global Toastmasters activities. During his visit to the company, he also honoured a number of Club members and commended them on their efforts that have made the Club and the company the envy of others in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The GPIC Toastmasters Club recently participated in the regional competition for Sector 79, held in the State of Kuwait, where the team scored numerous awards and won many competitions. The GPIC Toastmasters Club has hosted many speakers from around the world in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is the main supporter of Toastmasters activities in the Kingdom through the organisation of several events or sponsorship. All of this earned a special certificate of award, the first to be issued in the Arab world by the World Organisation for Toastmasters. Such an award is granted only in exceptional circumstances to recognise a very special sequence of activities and competition success by many of the members. Khaleejieh for Petrochemicals

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GPIC Concludes Toastmasters Skills Workshops in Secondary Schools The

GPIC Toastmasters Club organised a number of public speaking workshops in five of the Education Ministry’s Secondary Schools. This move took place as part of the continuous co-operation between GPIC and the Ministry of Education within the framework of Bahrain community service and development. The workshops were organised during the current school term and attracted more than 100 school boys and girls. Commenting, at the conclusion of the workshops, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, expressed his thanks to the Education Ministry represented by HE Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Noaimi, Minister of Education, for his keen interest in providing the students with various life skills that will help develop their characters and qualify them for future challenges. The GPIC President added: “GPIC has not only supported its employees but its support and sponsorship has reached out beyond the borders of the Company to extend moral and material support to most conferences held by Toastmasters Clubs in Bahrain.” He also praised the close cooperation between the Company and the Ministry of Education through joint programmes aimed at training students in public speaking skills. The Company will continue to do all it can to ensure the continuation of this successful programme for the benefit of all the Government’s secondary schools.

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GPIC Toastmasters Club Shines at Toastmasters Competition

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the sponsorship of GPIC, a toastmasters competition was recently held for District 77 of Division K in the 79th Territory that involved four contests that attracted more than 20 competitors representing the Territory’s four clubs. The event was held at the hall of the Bahrain Society of Engineers and was attended by a large audience who enjoyed the public speakers’ high standards. The winners were the GPIC Club member Jassim Mohamed who came second in the prepared speech contest and the toastmaster Hisham Riyadh who came second in the most humorous speech event. Both Company Club members have now qualified for the next stage

where they will enter a further contest. In a speech delivered by Mr. Khalid Al Quaod, District 79 Vice President for Educational Affairs, praise was given for the support provided by Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President, to toastmasters events and activities that reflect positively in attracting more members to the GPIC Toastmasters Club. He added the Company’s winning of the Major Supporter Medal from the International Toastmasters Organisation was evidence of the level of support given by the GPIC management to this vital activity. District 77 President Dr. Usha

said in her opening speech at the competition that this annual event could not have taken place without the unlimited support of GPIC. She also urged other companies and businesses to follow GPIC’s example in encouraging Bahrain youngsters, who are the leaders of the future. For his part, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery thanked all the Company’s employees, of both sexes, for their preparation and participation in this competition and congratulated all the winners. He reiterated the Company’s intention to provide continuing support for all activities of societies and organisations which are aimed at the development of Bahraini citizens.

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Obesity among GPIC Employees Bahrain

has seen a drastic change in its nutritional and health profile in the past decades as a result of changes in dietary habits, socio-economic situation and lifestyle. These lifestyle changes have led to a decrease in the levels of physical activity, which has contributed to the development of overweight and obese people in the Bahraini population. Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has 578 employees (94% Males and 6% Females). Recently, a study entitled “Obesity Among GPIC Employees� was carried out by the GPIC Medical Centre, which documents the prevalence of obesity among the company employees. Using World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines,

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someone who is overweight is categorised as any adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9, obese as any adult with a BMI of 30 and higher and extremely obese as any adult with a BMI of 40 and higher. The study showed that females were significantly more obese than males (28% versus 23%); the majority of obese patients in GPIC are aged 40-49 years; the obesity percentage in shift workers is more than that of the day workers (21% & 26% respectively); plant operations is the leading department of overweight personnel (31%), obese (36%) and extremely obese (60%) workers. The results of this study were


compared with some other studies conducted in the Kingdom of Bahrain and it was concluded that the percentage of obesity among GPIC employees is less than that of Bahrain for both males and females. However, the data indicates a necessity for more comprehensive action from GPIC to tackle this debilitating disorder.

categories. The employees are assigned to the GPIC obesity management programme if they have a BMI >39. Medical Services takes care of those with a lower BMI. The GPIC Wellness Programme, run by Medical Services, has an important role in reducing obesity and overweight through the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

As a component of GPIC executive management’s master plan, a GPIC Obesity Prevention and Control Programme was started as an organised programme in January 2011. This programme constitutes the adequate strategy and approach for managing this disorder. The pivot of the program is the BMI report for GPIC employees. The BMI report is generated by the Chief Medical Officer from the medical records of GPIC employees who fall into various obese and overweight

The obesity management team is composed of the Chief Medical Officer, nurses, dietitians, a fitness specialist and health educator. The goal of the programme is to help obese employees optimise their health and reduce weight through lifestyle and behavioural changes over a 20-week period. The employee is advised to continue with the exercise, diet and lifestyle modifications, which are cultivated during the 20-week programme.

GPIC Executive Management agreed with Health Watchers to be responsible for the Medical Nutrition Services, which deliver nutritional care and education to employees and promotes nutritional awareness in the GPIC community. It provides a wide array of materials, including diet and disease information on weight management, and general nutrition tips. Medical nutrition also plans meal services for GPIC staff and provides healthy and therapeutic meals to employees in the GPIC complex canteen. The most technologically advanced Body Composition Analyzer is already available in the GPIC medical centre to facilitate the work of the Obesity Management Team. GPIC Executive Management Team will award every single employee who finishes the programme successfully.

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GPIC President Mr. Jawahery Honours GPIC Gold Medal Winner Ms. Noora Sultan Mr.

Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of GPIC, received in his office employee, Ms. Noora Majid Sultan, who won five medals, including the Gold, in the Ladies Individual Ten Pin Bowling Competition at the Second GCC Women’s Sports Championships, which concluded recently in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, Mr. Jawahery congratulated Noora on her achievement and praised her dedication and hours of training and practice. This devotion to the continuous development of her sporting skills had contributed to her achieving such an emphatic victory, and also promoted the good name of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the forum of Gulf sports. Additionally, Noora’s success demonstrates the advanced level reached by women’s sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain. During the meeting, which was attended by members of the executive management of the company, Mr. Jawahery honoured Noora on the occasion of her winning gold and said in a statement that GPIC’s reputation for sporting excellence had been founded on the many prominent sportsmen and women of the company, the most recent example of whom is Noora Sultan. Mr. Jawahery added that the company fully supports an integrated programme for the preparation of sporting heroes such as Nora and mentioned that GPIC has always made great efforts

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to support the sports sector in the Kingdom, either through sponsorship of sports competitions held within the Kingdom, or through its support of clubs and sports federations. He recalled, in this context, the high-class sport facilities provided by the company to its employees whose club has the best equipment, buildings and qualified trainers. Mr. Jawahery praised the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, and all other members of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports. He further invoked the pioneering role played by H.E. Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa, Lady Member of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Women’s Committee in the Bahrain Olympics Committee, in support of women’s sports. Her Excellency is actively engaged in encouraging girls to participate in sports competitions and supports the establishment of the sports centres developed locally, regionally and globally. In conclusion, Mr. Jawahery stressed that the company would continue to provide outstanding facilities for its athletes, while also continuing its support of clubs and sports

federations, cooperating with them to help them achieve excellence, in accordance with the wishes and the directives of H.H. Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports. The President pointed out that the company does not hesitate to give athletes full-time release from their duties where necessary, to participate in sports camps and tournaments, both within and outside the Kingdom. For her part, Noora Majid Sultan expressed profound thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company, and to Mr. Jawahery, President of the company, for the interest and support they have shown to the company’s athletes. This support had most definitely contributed to the athletes’ achievements and assisted in her winning the first gold medal in the GCC Ladies Tournament. Noora was pleased to praise the GPIC Club with its excellent facilities, equipment and trainers, and called for all national companies to offer as much, in view of the return benefit to such companies and the nation as a whole.


GPIC Supports Bahrain Athletics Under

the guidance of His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Advisor to His Highness the Prime Minister for Industrial and Oil Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPIC, and in keeping with the company’s policy of assisting various sectors of Bahraini society and institutions, GPIC recently made a generous donation in support of the Bahrain Athletics Federation. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President, accompanied by a number of members of the executive management team, visited the headquarters of the Bahrain Athletics Federation, where he was received by H.E. Sheikh Talal bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Bahrain Athletics Federation.

During the visit, Mr. Jawahery conveyed the greetings of His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa and expressed his appreciation of the important role played by the Federation in support of athletics competitions and young athletes, helping them to achieve excellent results. Mr. Jawahery presented a cheque for BD15,000 in support of the activities of the Federation and praised the distinctive role of young Bahrainis in the sports sector. He expressed his admiration for their impressive achievements in all the sports competitions in which they participate. He offered thanks to the Kingdom’s leadership for the care and facilities offered to the various sports federations, including the Bahrain Athletics Federation, which deserves all possible support.

For his part, H.E. Sheikh Talal bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa for GPIC’s continued support of Bahrain Athletics, which in turn supports the Federation›s programmes with plans that promote youth and sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He stressed that GPIC has always been at the forefront of companies and institutions that support associations in the Kingdom.

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GPIC Supports the Training of the National Junior Football Team His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin

Hamad Al Khalifa is both Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and Bahrain Olympic Committee President. In response to his invitation to all organisations and local businesses and employers to engage in supporting young athletes, GPIC has granted their employee Mohammed Hamad the time and support necessary for him to coach the Bahrain national junior football team. Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of GPIC, said that based on the direction of its Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, he would make every possible effort to ensure all the measures were in place to support Bahraini involvement in sports and athletics. He added that the company has always been keen to provide the proper environment to allow the achievement of sporting excellence; hence the GPIC Club has provided such athletes with the best international equipment, available to all employees without exception. Mr. Jawahery also referred to the many contests and sports events held by the company for its

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members, in addition to providing support to many of the local sports federations and their various competitions. Mr. Jawahery praised the great commitment shown by employee Mr. Hamad Mohammed in training the Bahrain junior football team and praised the spirit of giving, embodied by the former player, and his desire to transfer his vast experience in this game to the next generation of our players. For his part, Mr. Hamad Mohammed expressed his thanks and great appreciation to Mr. Jawahery and the members of executive management team for their devotion to sports affairs within the company. Having provided an atmosphere appropriate for the development of sports skills to employees of the company, employees who are athletes have therefore achieved many excellent results in various sports competitions. He added that the latest great achievement of the sons and daughters of the company was to have seen Ms. Noora Majid Sultan win Gold Medal and First Place in the Ladies Singles Ten Pin Bowling at the recent Women›s GCC Sports Championships,

which concluded recently in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. He pointed out that the company’s approval would allow him the chance to focus his efforts on training the Bahrain national junior football team and to ensure its good preparation for forthcoming competitions. He hoped that all companies in Bahrain would follow the example of GPIC in helping to support athletes and their institutions, providing them with an enabling environment for sports would reap honours when tournaments are won. Mr. Hamad Mohammed AlNassaf joined GPIC in 1993. In addition to his commitment and great professionalism in his work, he has also made great efforts to train company employees and their children. Being one of Bahrain’s finest footballers, he toured the world as a member of the national football team and achieved much in many tournaments. As a player, Hamad Mohammed was a star of the East Riffa Club and was nicknamed the «Discovery» because of his great speed and wonderful ball skills.


To Coincide with World Health Day, GPIC Organises a Walking Day To coincide with the celebrations

of World Health Day, which falls on April 7th of each year, the GPIC Health Committee organised a ‘Walking Day’ for staff on Thursday 7th April at the company’s complex. Headed by Mr. Ahmed Nuruddin, General Manager Manufacturing and a number of other members of the executive management team, more than 200 employees participated in this sporting event. Because of the obvious health benefits, the company’s management is always keen to encourage employees to exercise. On this occasion, Mr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, the company President, commented that GPIC looks forward every year to celebrating the occasion of World Health Day by holding as many different events and different

activities as possible. This reflects the great importance placed on health, safety and the environment by the company, whereby, in addition to such occasions as World Health Day, the company also holds its own special annual celebration week of health, safety and the environment. He added that walking is one of the easiest types of fitness activity that can be performed at almost any time, almost anywhere, and is a key factor in the elimination of many diseases, as well as helping to improve your mood and assisting you to relax. It is worth mentioning that GPIC’s annual celebration of World Health Day includes many activities, such as medical examinations of staff, the provision of healthy meals in the restaurant overseen by a dietary specialist, as well as offering specialised

lectures on health topics. This year’s activities and celebrations included competitions, where the winners were honoured at the conclusion of the walk in a short ceremony. The World Health Assembly decided for the first time in 1948 to devote a World Health Day to mark the founding of the World Health Organisation. Since 1950, the celebration of World Health Day has taken place each year on the 7th April. Every year, the World Health Organisation selects a theme for World Health Day to focus on one area ofconcern and uses the focus of this day as an occasion to initiate a long-term advocacy programme, under which it carries out its various associated activities.

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GPIC Provides Generous Support to Galali Sports Club Mr.

Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, received at the company’s Complex on Saturday 30 April, Mr. Juma Sherida, Chairman of Galali Sports Club, accompanied by a number of members of the Board of Directors of the Club and the junior football team. At the beginning of the meeting, which was attended by several members of the executive management of the company, Mr. Jawahery welcomed the Club Chairman and the accompanying delegation, praising the outstanding efforts made by His Excellency Mahmoud AlMahmoud, Honorary President of the Club, in cooperation with the Chairman and members of the club›s board, to support the activities and events organised by Galali Sports Club, which has achieved remarkable success in both the sporting and social arenas. After his welcome, Mr. Jawahery presented a cheque for BD2,000 as a token of material support from the company for the programmes and activities of Galali Club. This support fulfills the company›s aim to engage in activities which demonstrate its social responsibility, held in as high esteem as business

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responsibilities of the company, and stressing GPIC›s commitment to continue to provide all forms of support to all social institutions, charities and sports in our Kingdom. Mr. Jawahery expressed the hope that this support will contribute to the development of Galali Club’s programmes and activities, for the benefit of the youth of the area and the surrounding areas, in a way that helps them to spend their leisure time in useful activities that are of interest to them and to their community. The delegation then toured the company complex, beginning at the Academy of Leadership and Learning and the e-Learning Centre, where they looked into the training programmes and courses offered by the centre. Both the employees of the company itself and trainees from outside the company benefit from these courses. This was followed by a tour of the plants, which produce premium products with high efficiency. Particular focus was placed on an environmentally pioneering project, unique to the petrochemical industry in the entire Middle East region, a Carbon Dioxide Recovery (CDR) Unit, which contributes to the preservation of the environment

by reducing the amount of Carbon Dioxide gas emitted from the Methanol plant converter. This unit also contributes to an increase in production without the need for the use of added energy. The guests also toured the company›s other environmentally friendly projects, such as Princess Sabeeka Garden of aromatic plants, the charity Fish Farm, the Bird Sanctuary and the Olive Garden. The guests then left the company›s industrial complex and went to the GPIC club where they were briefed on the facilities of the club and the programmes offered to GPIC employees and their families, while the tour itself concluded with a luncheon at the Club. At the end of the visit, Mr. Juma Sherida, Chairman of the Galali Club, expressed his sincere gratitude to both the company President, Abdulrahman Jawahery, and to the executive management for providing ongoing support to the Galali Club and to all the clubs in the Kingdom, stressing that GPIC is well known for such firm support for many events and sports competitions held in the Kingdom.


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