Economic Development Board Hosts Petrotech Gala Dinner

May 18, 2014

Manama: Today Petrotech 2014, the Middle East’s leading petrochemicals exhibition and conference, opens in Bahrain. The event brings together more than 2,500 industry leaders from around the region to explore new technologies, business opportunities and partnerships. As part of the event, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) will be hosting a gala dinner on Tuesday, 20th May at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Bahrain.
Attendees at Petrotech, which is being held at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, will enjoy a 5,400 sqm showcase featuring specialist businesses and some of the petroleum industry’s largest corporations, including the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Petro Rabigh, Sadara Chemical Company, Saudi Aramco and Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF).
A number of specialist speakers will also deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions that will provide unique insights into the latest industry developments, the region’s mega projects and new technologies. Speakers include:, Bahrain EDB; HE Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bahrain Minister of Finance, Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs, and Chairman of the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA);  HE Kamal bin Ahmed, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive, Bahrain EDB; HRH Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Advisor to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia; HE Dr Muhammad Al Jasser, Minister of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia;  Khalid Al Falih, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco and Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist, Bahrain EDB.
HE Kamal bin Ahmed, said:
“Bahrain’s long heritage in the oil and gas industry, coupled with our investment in education and training, means that we have a deep well of human capital available for businesses investing in the region. Bahrain discovered oil in 1932, becoming the first Gulf state to successfully drill and exploit oil commercially, and with continued investment we believe Bahrain can play an important regional role in the sector.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome so many of the oil and petrochemical industry’s leaders to Bahrain for Petrotech 2014. Together we can chart a course for the industry that will deliver the greatest benefit to all people across our region, so that the industry that has been such an important part of our development to date can continue to enable us to thrive in the future.”
Notes to editors:
Further information:
Noora Abul, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Tel: +973 17 589 903
About The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)
The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is a dynamic public agency with an overall responsibility for attracting inward investment into Bahrain, and is focusing on target economic sectors in which the Kingdom offers significant strengths.
Key areas of focus include manufacturing, ICT, and logistics and transport services as well as other sub-sectors. The Financial Services sector in Bahrain is particularly strong and the EDB supports in the continuing growth of the banking industry and key sub-sectors, including Islamic Finance, Asset Management, Insurance and Re-Insurance.
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