Speakers attending a session at the 13th GPCA Supply Chain Conference

Speakers attending a session at the 13th GPCA Supply Chain Conference

Future of supply chain is green and resilient: GPCA

01 June 2022

The supply chain of the future needs to be more sustainable and resilient to prepare for and mitigate future disruptions, agreed speakers at the 13th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association Supply Chain Conference.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic at the start of 2020, the threat of climate change since the beginning of the century and now the Russia-Ukraine conflict have sent shockwaves across global supply chains and threatened to transform existing logistics models, compelling business leaders to take heed and adopt new ways of thinking. This was the main takeaway from the GPCA event held last month in Dubai, UAE.

“The crisis brought on by the pandemic forced companies to shift their focus to innovation and restructuring efforts, to ensure business continuity by building resilience and agility,” said Saleh Al-Suwaiti, CEO, FAHSS-TUV, and Chairman, GPCA Supply Chain Committee, in his address.

Today supply chain decarbonisation is at the forefront of conversations, as governments and businesses alike pledge their support towards carbon neutrality, he added.

Al-Suwaiti set the tone for the discussion which saw 29 leading industry experts share their insights as part of the event’s theme “Future-proofing supply chains: The time is now”.  During the event, Dr Bashar Al Malik, CEO, Saudi Railway Company (SAR), and Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer, CEO, Sadara Chemical Company, pointed to the importance of ensuring supply chain reliability and putting a robust, multi-modal transportation system in place.

Dr Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary General GPCA, commented: “Chemical supply chains are operating in a complex landscape disrupted by global forces beyond the chemical industry’s control. From geopolitical tensions to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, rising global trade protectionism and nearshoring by numerous countries across the world, supply chain leaders are facing a challenging task – to plan and prepare for a future that may be radically different from the current reality and ever more difficult to predict. As a result, staying proactive and agile will be some of the key factors that will help insulate firms from future risks.”  

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